So the first CoreOne PCB was going well initially; PSU section worked fine, reset circuit fine with a minor modification, clock generator was alive.
And then the first XEF216-512-C20 chip I fitted went out of alignment when soldering the large pad - and it took a lot of heat to get it back off. The second chip went on fine - apart from a couple of stubborn solder bridges. This is partly because the pads extend to far back under the device - which I can fix with a layout change.
However after some checks and a power up something was very wrong! I tracked it down to 1V0 being connected to 3V3 through approx 0.9Ohms resistance - this would increase if you heated the XMOS chip up. No obvious solder bridges (which would give 0 ohms in any case).
So seems chip number 2 was dead from the start; not sure why, if it was my soldering. I tried to be reasonably gentle - I can not see a soldering spec in the datasheet. Trying to remove this from the PCB resulted in damaged to the board writing it off.
The XE216-512 and XEF216-512 variants are expensive, and I can not find stock of the XE216-256 or XEF216-256 chips which are half the price. Farnell says mid June for these.
In the mean time I may respin CoreOne with the pads adjusted and the reset circuit fixed. I may also spin a CoreTwo with less I2S and only 1 clock gen just to make life easier. I don't mind wasting a little money; but I don't want to keep burning through £15 ICs without getting anything out of them.
Oh well, onwards and upwards!
So even my test box that was in my wardrobe doesn't work for EEPROM programming. In fact the latest SigmaStudio gives an error message the instant you click "Write Latest Compilation through DSP". Must be a setting I am missing on the ADAU145x Register Controls, but no idea what.
If anyone has looked closely at the boards I have designed so far, and the different versions of something like the ADUA1966 DAC, you will have noted some changes to the I2C or SPI connectors. Or more specifically the fact that the ADAU1966 board has I2C on Rev 1 and SPI on Rev 2! This is deliberate; because I am still not sure what I really want as I have not used these yet.
CoreOne has some better pin outs for I2C and SPI and I will look to standardize these across the other PCBs where needed. Trying to use a common I2C bus across everything would look "neat" in the first instance; but when you consider the capacitance limits on the lines it can turn into a headache quite quickly.
Speaking of CoreOne, it's no where near finished yet but I am working on it:
I have done very little on the project over the past week, hence the salvation as I have been unable to brake anything else! My old test box is still in the wardrobe but I am building up my first CoreOne PCB. Only resistors and capacitors so far so nothing to major, unless all the values are wrong...
This week I am hoping to try and get to the bottom of these stupid EEPROMs that magically won't work program/boot ADAU145x chips anymore.
Having played endlessly with pin congfurations on several of my DSP PCBs (both previously working fine) and 4 different versions of SigmaStudio, I have managed to get the SPI_MOSI to do it's thing with data to the EEPROM, but it still doesn't work properly.
No idea. Answers on a postcard please....
I shall dig out my original test rig that is in my wardrobe and if that doesn't work; having not been used for a year since it worked flawlessly; then I give up!
But it's not hardware?
So having killed (possibly killed) a PCM4202 I2S interface, and finding the DSP board in the setup won't write to the EEPROM I decided to test another DSP board.
This one is fitted with an ADAU1450. It can not read/write to an EEPROM on SigmaStudio 3.12 or 3.14.1 beta. I haven't tried any other versions. I can not remeber what version I last used that worked. I have also formatted and clean installed both of my computers since then.
I am suspecting a register setting is wrong somewhere...
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