[TangerineSDR] Weekly Status report

Dr. Nathaniel A. Frissell Ph.D. nathaniel.frissell at scranton.edu
Wed Jun 21 23:58:05 EDT 2023

Thank you, Dave and Franco. This all looks good.

A brief update from me. We have a student, Rob Troy, who is tasked with working with the RX888 and the KA9Q software. Rob reports he now has the RX888/KA9Q up and running at Scranton.

Rob's next task is to make the RX888/KA9Q combination "emulate" the output of a Grape2. Stan Pozerski KD1LE currently has three Grape 1's tied together all outputting their data into a single GNU Radio/DigitalRF stream. I believe this is essentially what the Grape 2 will also be doing. I will be having Rob work with Stan Pozerski to get this same processing chain running with the RX888 instead of the Grape 1s.

Next week I will be on travel with a number of students to the NSF CEDAR conference in San Diego, CA. So, it is likely I will not be able to be on the Monday telecon next week.

73 Nathaniel W2NAF

From: TangerineSDR <tangerinesdr-bounces at lists.tapr.org> On Behalf Of Franco VENTURI via TangerineSDR
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2023 10:51 PM
To: David Witten <wittend at wwrinc.com>; tangerinesdr at lists.tapr.org; Mr. Majid Mokhtari <majid.mokhtari at scranton.edu>; Rob Robinett <rob at robinett.us>; Tom McDermott <tom.n5eg at gmail.com>; John Ackermann <jra at febo.com>
Cc: Franco VENTURI <fventuri at comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [TangerineSDR] Weekly Status report

first of all thanks for the report and kudos for all your work.

A few quick comments:

- regarding the maximum throughput achievable with the FX3 the best place to start IMHO is Cypress AN86947 (https://www.infineon.com/dgdl/Infineon-AN86947_Optimizing_USB_3.0_Throughput_with_EZ-USB_FX3-ApplicationNotes-v05_00-EN.pdf?fileId=8ac78c8c7cdc391c017d073e3a2e6243) - as you can see there the maximum throughput is achieved using an AUTO DMA channel with the GPIF II interface, 32bit wide, and with a clock rate of 100MHz (and with 4 DMA buffer of 8kB each - bulk transfer mode)

- if I remember correctly, Oscar Steila IK1XPV design is based on the 'cyfxbulklpauto' example (you can find it in 'cyfx3sdk/firmware/dma_examples/cyfxbulklpauto' in the FX3 firmware SDK file 'fx3_firmware_linux.tar.gz'), and on a couple of very useful application notes from Cypress/Infineon: AN65974 "Designing with the EZ-USB FX3 slave FIFO interface" (https://www.infineon.com/dgdl/Infineon-AN65974_Designing_with_the_EZ-USB_FX3_Slave_FIFO_Interface-ApplicationNotes-v17_00-EN.pdf?fileId=8ac78c8c7cdc391c017d07396c095deb), and the 'ping-pong' DMA buffers approach shown in AN75779 "How to implement an image sensor interface using EZ-USB FX3 in a USB Video Class (UVC) framework" (https://www.infineon.com/dgdl/Infineon-AN75779_How_to_Implement_an_Image_Sensor_Interface_with_EZ-USB_FX3_in_a_USB_Video_Class_(UVC)_Framework-ApplicationNotes-v13_00-EN.pdf?fileId=8ac78c8c7cdc391c017d073ad2b85f0d)

- when I looked at what he did a few years ago I didn't think it was exceedingly difficult; I remember the one thing to get right is the design of the GPIF II state machine using the program 'GPIF II Designer' (that I think runs only on Windows), but we can definitely look at what Oscar did and follow his footsteps (I think the design of his GPIF II state machine is in his GitHub repository too, so we can use that as a starting point)

- if I have to give you one advice is to try to 'keep things as simple as possible'; this is what Oscar did in his design of the BBRF103, which he was able to design and make in a relatively short period of time. I think the important thing is to get a prototype out that works even if it is not perfect and meet all the specifications. We can always improve from that but at least the first step is done.

- regarding the choice of the ADC I don't think 14bit or 16bit makes much of a difference in terms of ENOB, since I read somewhere about diminishing returns at those resolutions (can't find the link now); since the FX3 GPIF II works with 16/32 bits at a time, using a 14bit ADC would give us two extra bits for each sample: one could be used for the overflow bit, and the MSB for the PPS from the GPSDO, which I think is what Tom is doing in the TangerineSDR.

- and finally I expect that someone will eventually come out with the "ClementineSDR+" that uses the LTC2208-16, since for some reason they are dirt cheap on AliExpress.

Franco K4VZ

On 06/19/2023 2:36 PM EDT David Witten <wittend at wwrinc.com<mailto:wittend at wwrinc.com>> wrote:

Hello All,

I have attached a PDF covering what I have been doing this week, and What else needs to be addressed.  This primarily addresses work on an alternative [Clementine]SDR based on USB SuperSpeed and beyond. This is a further derivative of the RX-888 and its predecessors.

Comments Welcome!

Dave Witten, KD0EAG
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