How to create files for RAM?


having just started using AD9910 board, I got stucked with RAM usage. I know how to load/retrieve data from RAM - the problem is, I do not understand how to create a suitable set of data. Having read the datasheet, technical tutorial, user guide and searched on the Internet, I made only little progress.

From the data sheet (p. 33/60, Table 12) I know the required structure of each word and how many bits are assigned to each parameter for each type of entry. However, I have no idea what to put into those bits. The first thing that came to my mind - to load the required values of, for example, frequency - does not seem to be right, especially after having a look at several example files posted on this forum.

Therefore I would like to ask you, how can I create files for AD 9910 RAM - what are the general rules, if there is any software required etc.

I am especially interested in a way how to get data from Excel/Calc and txt files into a format suitable for the RAM.

Thank you very much in advance.

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Jul 1, 2011 6:58 PM

    I'm not sure I understand what your question.  I think you have all of the information, but maybe just not piecing it together correctly.  I looked up an example RAM file DSB gave in another thread on this forum ( and the file is a simple text file with values written in binary.  Each line contains 32-bit word which would be programmed into RAM.

    For example, the RAM file he gave is a frequency sweep from 20-30 MHz with a SYSCLK of 500MHz.  To calculate the FTW for 20MHz follow the equation given on page 23.  If I do this, I get...

              FTW = Round[ (20MHz / 500MHz) * 2^32] = 171798692

              which in binary equals 000001010001111010111000010100011

              Note: Using the Caclulator on your PC is an easy way to convert from

              decimal to binary to hex.  Keep in mind though it will not give leading zeros.

    This is the first line in the example RAM file.

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Jul 1, 2011 7:53 PM

    If you can provide details regarding exactly what you wish to do with the RAM, perhaps I can help walk you through the process of creating a RAM data file.

    The attached document may provide the missing details you need to create a data file that can be read by the RAM I/O Window of the AD9910 Evaluation Board software.

  • Dear Kevin and Ken - thank you very much for your help, I think you told me just what I needed to know. I will give it a try as soon as possible and let you know if I will be still having any problems.

    (Rather unfortunately, I apparently can't give 'correct answer' points to two different people at once, so I had to spread the points:)