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ADF4001 FMC-SDP Interposer & Evaluation Board / Xilinx KC705 Reference Design

Supported Devices

Evaluation Boards


This document presents the steps to setup an environment for using the EVAL-ADF4001SD1Z evaluation board together with the Xilinx KC705 FPGA board, the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) and the Micrium µC-Probe run-time monitoring tool. Below is presented a picture of the EVAL-ADF4001SD1Z Evaluation Board with the Xilinx KC705 board.


For component evaluation and performance purposes, as opposed to quick prototyping, the user is directed to Analog Devices System Demonstration Platform (SDP). The SDP consists of a:

The EVAL-SDP-CS1Z controller board is Serial Interfaces Only, low cost, reduced functionality controller board. It has a USB to Serial Engine at its core. It connects to the PC through a USB 2.0 high speed port. The SDP-S has a single 120 pin connector and exposes SPI, I2C and GPIO interfaces to connected SDP daughter boards.

The EVAL-ADF4001SD1Z is designed to allow the user to evaluate the perfor-mance of the ADF4001 frequency synthesizer for phase-locked loops (PLLs). Figure 1 shows the board, which contains the ADF4001 synthesizer, an SMA connector for the reference input, power supplies, and an RF output. There is also a footprint for a loop filter and a VCO on board.

The ADF4001 frequency synthesizer can be used to implement clock sources for PLLs that require very low noise, stable reference signals. It consists of a low-noise digital PFD (Phase Frequency Detector), a precision charge pump, a programmable reference divider, and a programmable 13-bit N counter. In addition, the 14-bit reference counter (R Counter), allows selectable REFIN frequencies at the PFD input. A complete PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) can be implemented if the synthesizer is used with an external loop filter and VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) or VCXO (Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillator). The N min value of 1 allows flexibility in clock generation.

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Getting Started

The first objective is to ensure that you have all of the items needed and to install the software tools so that you are ready to create and run the evaluation project.

Required Hardware

Required Software

  • Xilinx ISE 13.4 (Programmer (IMPACT) is sufficient for the demo and is available on Webpack).
  • uC-Probe run-time monitoring tool


The following table presents a short description the reference design archive contents.

Folder Description
Bit Contains the KC705 configuration file that can be used to program the system for quick evaluation.
Microblaze Contains the EDK 13.4 project for the Microblaze softcore that will be implemented in the KC705 FPGA.
Software Contains the source files of the software project that will be run by the Microblaze processor.
uCProbeInterface Contains the uCProbe interface and the .elf symbols file used by uC-Probe to access data from the Microblaze memory.

Run the Demonstration Project

Hardware Setup

Before connecting the ADI evaluation board to the Xilinx KC705 make sure that the VADJ_FPGA voltage of the KC705 is set to 3.3V. For more details on how to change the setting for VADJ_FPGA visit the Xilinx KC705 product page.

  • Use the FMC-SDP interposer to connect the ADI evaluation board to the Xilinx KC705 board on the FMC LPC connector.
  • Connect the JTAG and UART cables to the KC705 and power up the FPGA board.
  • Start IMPACT, and double click “Boundary Scan”. Right click and select Initialize Chain. The program should recognize the Kintex 7 device (see screenshot below).

  • Program the KC705 FPGA using the “Bit/download.bit” file provided in the reference design archive.
  • Power the ADI evaluation board.

At this point everything is set up and it is possible to start the evaluation of the ADI hardware through the controls in the uC-Probe application provided in the reference design.

Configure uC-Probe

Launch uC-Probe from the Start → All Programs → Micrium → uC-Probe.

Select uC-Probe options.

  • Click on the uC-Probe icon on the top left portion of the screen.
  • Click on the Options button to open the dialog box.

Set target board communication protocol as RS-232

  • Click on the Communication tab icon on the top left portion of the dialog box
  • Select the RS-232 option.

Setup RS-232 communication settings

  • Select the RS-232 option from the Communication tab.
  • Select the COM port to which the KC705 board is connected.
  • Set the Baud Rate to 115200 bps.

  • Press Apply and OK to exit the options menu.

Load and Run the Demonstration Project

  • Click the Open option from the uC-Probe menu and select the .wsp file from the ucProbeInterface folder provided within the reference design files.
  • Before opening the interface uC-Probe will ask for a symbols file that must be associated with the interface. Select the file ucProbeInterface/ADIEvalBoard.elf to be loaded as a symbol file.
  • Run the demonstration project by pressing the Play button.

  • In some cases it is possible that the uC-Probe interface will not respond to the commands the first time it is ran. In this situation just stop the interface by pressing the Stop button and run it again by pressing the Play button.
  • After starting the uC-Probe interface wait until the status of the connection with the board displayed on the bottom of the screen is set to Connected. It is possible to use the interface only after the status is changed to Connected and the data transfer speed displayed next to the connection status is different than 0.
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Demonstration Project User Interface

The following figure presents the uC-Probe interface that can be used for monitoring and controlling the operation of the EVAL-ADF4001SD1Z evaluation board.

Section A allows for the communication with the board to be activated / deactivated by toggling the ON/OFF switch. The Activity LED turns green when the communication is active. Before pressing the ON/OFF switch, make sure you select the desired Device Initialization Procedure. If the ON/OFF switch is set to ON and the Activity LED is BLACK it means that there is a communication problem with the board. See the Troubleshooting section for indications on how to fix the communication problems. The Error LED will indicate that the data received on the SDO pin is different than data sent. If the Function Latch or Initialization Latch is written, with a different MUXOUT value than 6, this LED will be activated. To reset the LED, the board must be deactivated and reactivated, case in which the Initialization procedure will set MUXOUT to 6.

Sections B to E allow for configuration of each latch on the ADF4001.

Section B allows for the configuration of the Reference Counter Latch. The LDP switch will toggle on or off the Lock Detect Precision bits. The TBS and ABW sliders will configure the Test Mode Bits and Anti Backlash Width bits respectively. The 14 Bit Reference Counter allows for the configuration of the counter. The last numerical display will display the resulting value in a decimal format. By toggling the Write switch in this section, a single write will be performed on the Reference Counter Latch with the programmed value.

Section C allows for the configuration of the N Counter Latch. The CPG switch toggles the CP Gain bit. The 13 Bit N Counter allows for the configuration of the N counter. The last numerical display in the row will display the resulting value in a decimal format. By toggling the Write switch, a single write will be performed on the N Counter Latch, with the value displayed.

Sections D and E have the same structure. The difference between these two latches is that when the Initialization Latch is programmed, there is an additional internal reset pulse applied to the R and N counters. This pulse ensures that the N counter is at a load point when the N counter data is latched, and the device will begin counting in close phase alignment. PD2 switch toggles the Power Down 2 pin. The CS2 and CS1 sliders will configure the Current Setting 2 and Current Setting 1 bits respectively. The Timer Counter Control can be configured through the TCC slider. Next, the switches configure the Fastlock Mode, Fastlock Enable, CP Three-State and Phase Detector Polarity bits. The MUX slider allows to select what is to be available on the MUXOUT pin. By default, at initialization, this has the value 6 set, in order to be able to use this pin as SDO. PD1 switch allows for setting the Power Down 1 bits. Lastly, the CR switch allows for resetting the R and N counters.


In case there is a communication problem with the board the follwing actions can be perfomed in order to try to fix the issues:

  • Check that the evaluation board is powered as instructed in the board's user guide.
  • In uC-Probe refresh the symbols file by right-clicking on the System Browser window and selecting Refresh Symbols.
  • If the communication problem persists even after performing the previous steps, restart the uC-Probe application and try to run the interface again.

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