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AR# 43849

Virtex-6 FPGA ML623 Characterization Kit - Interface Test Designs

Description

I am attempting to exercise the interfaces on the Virtex-6 FPGA ML623 Characterization Kit.

What tests can be run to ensure that the interfaces are working correctly?

Solution

Virtex-6 FPGA ML623 Characterization Kit Documentation and Reference Designs referenced below can be found on the ML623 Support page.


Feature Test Design Notes
ML623
Configuration Interfaces
Configuration ADDRESS Pins ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725)  
Configuration System ACE ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725)  
Configuration JTAG Interface ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725)  
Board Feature Interfaces
Board Power Monitoring Interface
(TI PMBus)
(Xilinx Answer 37561)  Requires the TI USB EVM Adapter; See (Xilinx Answer 54022)
Board Single-Ended SMA Clock Input none available These are completely user-driven clocks. A good test would be loop back or monitoring differential I/O on a scope.
Board Differential SMA Clock Input none available These are completely user-driven differential clocks. It might be possible to modify an example design to use these instead of the socketed oscillator
Board Oscillator (200 MHz, differential) ML623 User Guide (UG724) RDF0080 - includes examples for IBERT, UART, DIP switches, LEDs; these use the primary clock. If they work, it works.
Board SuperClock-2 Module ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725) IBERT Design can use SuperClock-2 Module
Board USB Serial UART ML623 User Guide (UG724) RDF0080 - Example designs use UART for feedback on screen.
Board FMC-HPC Connectors XM105 User Guide (UG537) Page 29. This is the User Guide for the XM105 mezzanine debug card. This card has DS5, DS6, and DS7 which indicate good power to the board.
Debug strategies will vary depending on the specific mezzanine card being used. Can also use XTP091
Board I2C Interface ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725) IBERT Design can use I2C to control SuperClock-2 Module
Transceiver Interfaces
Transceiver RefCLK (differential) ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725)  
Transceiver SMA Connectors (differential) ML623 IBERT Guide (UG725)  
User Specified Interfaces
User I/O header ML623 User Guide (UG724) RDF0080 - includes examples for IBERT, UART, DIP switches, LEDs
User LEDs ML623 User Guide (UG724) RDF0080 - includes examples for IBERT, UART, DIP switches, LEDs
User DIP switches ML623 User Guide (UG724) RDF0080 - includes examples for IBERT, UART, DIP switches, LEDs
User GPIO Header none available A simple shunt jumper loopback test could be used.
User PushButtons none available The existing LED test could be modified to illuminate the LED when the pushbutton is exercised.

Linked Answer Records

Master Answer Records

Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
43748 Xilinx Boards and Kits - Debug Assistant N/A N/A
AR# 43849
Date Created 09/14/2011
Last Updated 01/21/2014
Status Active
Type General Article
Boards & Kits
  • Virtex-6 FPGA ML623 Characterization Kit