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Spartan3AN boot fail at cold

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Visitor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎05-25-2018

Spartan3AN boot fail at cold

I'm working a production line of custom CCAs with Spartan3AN on them. They program and boot successfully at ambient but I'm having issues with several booting at cold (-40c). (From internal flash)

 

The power supply levels, ramp rates, and timing are the same at cold as at ambient.

Prog_b and Init_b go high about 60ms after power is applied, as expected, however Init_b goes low without the done pin going high thus signaling a failed boot.

 

When this occurs, before cycling power, the JTAG can scan the chain and successfully see the FPGA, however it cannot program/erase/readback flash.

A power cycle allows the FPGA to boot immediately, however after soaking a further 10-15 min the FPGA will fail to boot again.

 

I’m wondering if there is an issue with the internal flash locking up at cold.

 

We have tried lowering the config_rate setting, changing Vs pins from "Fast Read" to "Read", enabling "debug_bitstream", gutting the FPGA firmware to contain only a LED heartbeat, manually delaying Prog_b further after power up, and monitoring all voltages and clocks related to the FPGA & configuration. So far, no success.

 

We're now seeing a significant drop out rate and need to resolve this quickly.

Do you have any suggestions?

Scholar
Posts: 2,608
Registered: ‎04-26-2015

Re: Spartan3AN boot fail at cold

sean.willis@lmco.com Just checking the two obvious points:

 

(1) Are you using industrial-grade chips from Xilinx's official supply chain? There hasn't been an accidental substitution of commercial grade chips, or "industrial" ones bought from unofficial suppliers? If either has happened, absolute #1 step is to buy ten from Avnet or Digikey and see if those work.

 

(2) If these are BGA chips, have you had one of the failed samples thoroughly inspected (eg. X-ray analysis of the balls) to verify that it's soldered properly?

Visitor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎05-25-2018

Re: Spartan3AN boot fail at cold

Thanks for the reply. 

1) They are industrial-grade parts. All parts are marked with 5C/4I and are used as standard speed. All components have been procured through approved (reputable) vendors. 

 

2) These are BGAs and I have not run X-Rays at this point. These were assembled on the same assembly line as the rest of our CCAs using approved procedure. I tend to lean away from suspecting solder issues as there are several failing units and they all boot reliably at all temperatures except cold. Also if there were manufacturing issues, I  believe there'd be more reliable failures even at cold. 

Visitor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎05-25-2018

Re: Spartan3AN boot fail at cold

I'm still looking for a solution. We're currently manually screening CCAs at cold. Attached are scope shots of the configuration at ambient and at cold for comparisons. Any other ideas?