AD9517-0 Evaluation board to drive a prototype board populated with an AD9517-0

Hi everyone,

I am trying to use a "AD9517/PCBZ (Rev B)" evaluation board to drive an AD9517-0 installed in another board designed by us.

The intention is to use the "AD9516/17/18 Evaluation Software, Version 1.1.0" to control/program the AD9517-0 mounted in our board. To do that, we removed the evaluation board AD9517-0 and wire the signals from connector P1 to our board.


Who can I be sure that the communication with the AD9517-0 is correct?

Is it any thing that prevents this setup to work?

Any advise will be really appreciated.

Best regards

GuiX

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Jan 9, 2015 8:46 PM

    Hi GuiX,

    As you stated, all of the SPI lines on the AD9517-0 evaluation board are brought our to headers.  These can be used to program the AD9517 on your system board.  I see no issues with this.

    Please note that there is a newer software version available on the web (version 2.1.1) which allows the board to work with a 64-bit windows machine but requires the evaluation board EEPROM to be re-flashed.  The flashing software, evaluation software and instructions are all available at the below link in the "Software and Tools" section.

    http://www.analog.com/en/clock-and-timing/clock-generation-and-distribution/ad9517-0/products/EVAL-AD9517-0/eb.html

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Kyle

  • Hi Kyle,

    Thank you for your support!

    I follow the instructions to install the new firmware but the Firmware updater can not see the evaluation board. I follow the instructions:

    1.- Download and install the “USBEvBdProgrammerSetup.zip” file.

    2.- Before applying power, pull the S1 jumper. It may be labeled “EEPROM ENABLE” on older eval boards.

    3.- Apply power to the board. (This puts the Cypress chip in its default mode.)

    4.- Replace the S1 jumper. This re-establishes the connection between the EEPROM and Cypress USB controller chip.

    5.- Connect the USB cable. The "USBSTAT" LED (CR1) next to the USB connector will not blink.

    6.- Run the Evaluation Board Programmer software.

    At point 5, the computer (Windows XP) ask for the driver, I follow steps described in "DriverGuide.mht" document but the drivers sould not be suitable for the Windows XP because the system can not found device asociatedto that driver.

    Any advice?

    Regards

    GuiX

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Jan 10, 2015 4:14 AM

    Hi GuiX,


    It is worth mentioning that if you are using a 32-bit Windows machine, you can use the original evaluation board flash and version 1.1.0 of the evaluation software without any issues.


    I do not have access to a Windows XP machine at the moment, but I will take a look when I return to the office next week.


    Regards,
    Kyle

  • Hi Kyle,

    Thank you for your support.

    Evaluation software v2.1.1 does not find the evaluation board on Windows XP and I cna only enter in "demo" mode.

    I will keep the old version v1.1.1 that works fine on Windows XP.

  • Hi everyone,

    I realize that to resolder the chip in the "AD9517/PCBZ (Rev B)" evaluation board is not so easy for me, so I am wondering if it is possible to use the evaluation board and software, with out removing the evaluation board AD9517-0, to control/program the AD9517-0 mounted in our board.

    I guess I just need to cut the CSB line and connect out board to the SPI bus but there are other signals in connector P1 (STATUS, RESETB, PDB, REFMON, REF_SEL, LD) and I do not know if the evaluation software needs them.

    Questions:

    1.- Will the evaluation software work with our board connecting it just in the SPI bus and cutting the Evaluation board CSB signal?

    2.- If the evaluation software needs the rest of the signals, is it possible to connect out board to them with out damaging the AD9517-0 chips (evaluation board one and our board one)?

    I really will appreciate any hint.

    Best regards

    GuiX