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


  • 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.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.



  • 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 “” 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?



  • 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.


  • 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.


    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