Q: What is the ADuCM350 Evaluation Kit Software Platform (EKSP)?
A: The EKSP is GUI based PC software coupled with firmware running on the Eval-ADUCM350EBZ evaluation board which allows the user to easily perform analog front end (AFE) measurements, without having to write any embedded software. The EKSP installer can be downloaded from the ADuCM350 product page free of charge. This installer will install the GUI based PC software. The firmware (aducm350_eksp.hex) can be found in the Firmware folder (if the default installation path is used: C:\Program Files (x86)\Analog Devices\ADuCM350\EKSP\Firmware).
Q: I have downloaded the ADuCM350 Support Documentation, but I don't see an EKSP user guide. Is there one available?
A: A preliminary version of the EKSP user guide is attached to this FAQ.
Q: I have installed the EKSP software and connected the Eval-ADUCM350EBZ motherboard to the PC, but the COM port selection window indicates that there is no ADuCM350 with EKSP connected. Why is the software not connecting to my board?
A: The ADuCM350 EKSP firmware is not flashed to the ADuCM350 device on the motherboard by default. If you have not already done so, you will need to download the EKSP firmware to the ADuCM350.
If you have already successfully downloaded the firmware, but still cannot connect, please check that you have the jumper settings on the motherboard correct, as per the EVAL-ADuCM350EBZ User Guide (UG-668).
Q: How do I download the EKSP firmware (aducm350_eksp.hex) to the part/board?
A: The following steps assume that both the ADuCM350 Software Development Kit (SDK) and the ADuCM350 EKSP software have been installed.
Q: I have performed a measurement and plotted my results. Is it possible to zoom in on the plot?
A: Yes. Click the zoom icon in the lower right-hand corner of the plot window for zoom options (see image below).
Q: Can I save my results to a file for manipulation in another application (e.g. spreadsheet application)?
A: Yes. There are 2 methods for saving the data.
Q: What is the purpose of the Ideal Impedance values? Do these values impact on the measurement?
A: The Ideal Impedance values (see image below) are purely for comparison purposes. If the impedance to be measured is known, the configuration and value(s) can be entered to allow comparison with the measured values. The ideal values have no impact on the measurement or the results, but they do form the basis for the % Magnitude Error and Phase Error values from an Impedance measurement. In the plot window, the measured results are compared to the real results by default, but can be turned off by unchecking the Plot Ideal Values check box.
Q: Can I read and write to memory mapped registers (MMRs) using the EKSP GUI?
A: Yes. The System Tools tab allows the user to read from or write to any available MMR on the ADuCM350.
Please note that there are no safety measures around any MMR writes (i.e. the user will not be prevented from writing to any MMR, regardless of the consequences). Writing to certain MMRs may interrupt UART communication between the EKSP GUI and the ADuCM350 and could cause the GUI software to become unresponsive.
Q: Can I perform an amperometric/potentiostat measurement using the EKSP software?
A: The current version only supports impedance measurements. Other measurement types will be added in future versions.
Q: Can I perform an auxilliary channel measurement using the EKSP software?
Q: Can I perform an CapTouch measurements using the EKSP software?
Q: I would like to communicate with the EKSP firmware from my own PC application. How do I communicate with it? Is the UART protocol which is used available?
A: The EKSP UART Protocol document is attached to this FAQ.
I have a "UART handshaking error" problem.
I wonder that EKSP is not suitable for my test environment.
where can I get EKSP source code?
Hi sye soo koo,
While the EKSP was tested on different versions of Windows (W7 32&64, W8 32&64), we have had reports that errors like what you describe occur. We believe that this may be a driver conflict issue on windows, but this has not been confirmed.
The EKSP source code is not available. I recommend that you download the Software Development Kit (SDK) and use the examples here to make your measurements. There are a number of different measurement examples available for you to use as a reference.