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ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

I recently got the ZCU111 evaluation board and am looking to it up to use the RF Data Converter Evaluation tool. I followed the XTP518 document for the software install and board setup. Then I followed the Xilinx wiki for the RF Data Converter Evaluation Tool Getting Started Guide. On the GUI, it says no device communication, unable to connect to rftrd service. The image attached image is a screenshot of my GUI. What should I do now? Is there some extra configuration before using this tool?

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @spencersiu 

Is the device booting from the SD card properly ?  Can you Set up a Tera Term session between a host PC COM port and the serial port on the evaluation board and show us the log. Terminal Settings are as follows

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Attached is my tera term terminal and the log file. The log file is blank and the terminal does not respond to typing. 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @spencersiu 

Few points to check here

1. Did you stored a valid Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC boot image file on to an SD card (and then plug
the SD card into ZCU111 board socket J100)? The valid images are there in rdf0476-zcu111-rf-dc-eval-tool-2019-1.zip

https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/zcu111.html#documentation

2. Make sure the DIP switches (SW6) are set as shown in the figure below, which allows the ZCU111 board to boot from the SD card.

 

 

 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @pthakare

I am using the SD card that came with the evaluation board. I assumed the boot image was already preloaded into it. Is that the case? When i look inside the SD,it looks paritioned with access to one side and that side is empty. 

 

 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @spencersiu 

It is not loaded with pre-defined image.The images are available in 

rdf0476-zcu111-rf-dc-eval-tool-2019-1\rdf0476-zcu111-rf-dc-eval-tool-2019-1\images

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @pthakare 

I set up a tera term session between the host PC COM port and the serial port on the eval board. Attached is the log. 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

It seems like from the log it's booted properly and started the application...

Its likely that the issue is with your network settings on the machine. 

It definitely matches the IP address in the guide?

Also I find Booting, starting rftool then starting the gui works best. 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

@klumsde 

 

Attached is the IP setup based on what the guide has told me to do. Not sure if it makes a differnce, but under the RF_DC_Evaluation-Notepad, the vivado path doesn't exist on my PC.  

After booting, I just the RF data converter evaluation user interface. Not sure what you mean by "starting rftool then starting GUI." 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

I just mean I normally, hook everything up, change my IP settings. boot the board and wait for the terminal to tell me "server init done", then I launch the GUI. 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Was the issue resolved? I have the same setup and errors showing up...

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Could you specify which of those files are actually needed on the SD card?
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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @szabom 

Please check the below wiki page for step by step instructions

https://xilinx-wiki.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/A/pages/57606309/ZCU111+RFSoC+RF+Data+Converter+Evaluation+Tool+Getting+Started+Guide

There is board setup section in this page which gives the detailing about switch settings and mirco SD preparation to store the 
Prebuit images.

Contents into the SD card

  1. mts folder
  2. nonmts folder
  3. ssr folder
  4. BOOT.bin
  5. image.ub
  6. autostart.sh

The following are the contents of the SD card package:

  1. mts -> contains BIN file and dt corresponding to the mts design
  2. nonmts -> contains BIN file and dt corresponding to the non_mts design
  3. ssr-> contains BIN file and dt corresponding to the ssr_ip design
  4. BOOT.bin,image.ub and autostart.sh -> images corresponding to the Eval Tool

 

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

I see, thank you for clarifying that. The guide did not specify what was included under 'all' files, but that helps verify that concern. I am still not seeing the IP address being set properly, or at least the GUI fails to connect. I have followed the guide and am seeing the exact same response as spencersiu (I've attached my tera term output, which looks nearly identical). It seems to have some issues booting and first, and then defaults to an auto-boot. Could that be the problem? I am also not seeing the same exact output in the last few lines as the guide (step 11), although it does end on 'Server Init Done', and the indicated lights do come on green... Would you have any suggestions on what may be missing? Note that the ethernet and serial port are both configured according to the guide, and seem to be functioning.

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @szabom 

Can you please try reinstalling once ? (Install the latest version 1.5 this time) 

Additionally please check on LabVIEW Run-time Engine .

https://www.ni.com/en-in/support/downloads/software-products/download.labview.html#346254

Above is the link to download the correct version based on your laptop/Desktop configuration.

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @pthakare

Since I am using Vivado 2019.1, I took the version 1.4, which seemed most relevant to that development environment. I downloaded the updated version of LabVIEW, but I am not sure how to link the new Run-time Engine to the Evaluation Tool, and I have not seen any change in behavior. Let me know if you have any other suggestions on how I may best set up my software interface.

Thanks

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Re: ZCU111 Board and RF Analyzer Setup

Hi @szabom 

Uninstall everything including LabVIEW once and try fresh installation.

Download the latest LabVIEW engine as per your desktop/laptop configuration

https://www.ni.com/en-in/support/downloads/software-products/download.labview.html#346254

Additionally try on another machine if you have once.

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