amc13_control.py Documentation

Notes

  • The primary purpose of this AMC13 python tool is to talk to the board and carry out simple debugging procedures. However, newer versions of the software also contain the ability to read events from the event buffer and dump them to a file, making the python software a functional backup to the much-more-well-developed C++ sofware.
  • All Flash functions will be found in p_flash.py, not in amc13_control.py. For more information on how to program the Flash Memory using the python software, visit the p_flash page.

Operation

To run amc13_control.py, you must have the PyChips libraries installed, and your computer must run Python 2.4 or greater. The executable is initialized via the python incantation:
$ python amc13_contol.py

Functionality

  • 'I <in_list> (d) (f) (t)': initialize the AMC13 and enable 'RunMode'
    • '<in_list>' is the comma/space/hyphen separated list of AMC inputs to be enabled (e.g. 0,1 3-5 = 0,1,3,4,5)
    • '(d)' enables the 'DAQLink' bit on register 'CONTROL1'
    • '(f)' enables the 'FakeDataGeneration' bit on register 'CONTROL1'
    • '(t)' enables the 'TTCrxCommands' bit on register 'CONTROL1'
  • 'Z': zero all counters on BOTH chips
  • 'RE': reset current chip
  • 'S <level>': display AMC13 status
    • '<level>' specifies the level of detail to be shown in the status display (0 for the least detail, 2 for the most, default to 1)
  • 'D <file> <nevt>': dump a specified number of events to a file
    • '<file>' is the file to which the events will be dumped
    • '<nevt>' is the number of events to be dumped to the file (default to reading 10000 events or until the end of the buffer is reached)
  • 'R <addr> <count>': read from current chip
    • '<addr>' is the starting address from which to be read
    • '<count>' is the number of events to be read incrementally from the provided address (default to 1)
    • e.g.
           Type command (h for menu):  r CONTROL0 5
            Reading Virtex chip address 'CONTROL0' from offset 0x0 to offset 0x4:
      
            AddOff     Values
            00000000:  04000029
            00000001:  00140000
            00000002:  00000000
            00000003:  00000000
            00000004:  12340777
            
  • 'RB <addr> <count>': block read from current chip
    • '<addr>' is the starting address of the block read
    • '[count]' is the number of address to be read from the block (default to 1)
  • 'RF <addr> [count]': FIFO read from the current chip
    • '<addr>' is the address to be FIFO read
    • '<count>' is the number of reads to be carried out at <add> (default to 1)
  • 'W <addr> <data> <count>': write to current chip
    • '<addr>' is the address to be written to
    • '<data>' is the data to be written
    • '<count>' is the number of addresses to be written to incrementally from '=<add>'= (default to 1)
    • e.g.
            Type command (h for menu): w CONTROL0 1 3
            Writing value 0x1 to Virtex chip, address CONTROL0 from offset 0x0 to offset 0x2:
      
            AddOff     Values
            00000000:  00000001
            00000001:  00000001
            00000002:  00000001
            
  • 'WB <addr> [<data_list>]': block write to current chip
    • '<addr>' is the starting address of the block write
    • '[<data_list>]' is the comma/space/hyphen separated list of data to be written
    • e.g.
            Type command (h for menu):  wb CONTROL0 0,1 3-5
            Block writing Virtex chip, address 'CONTROL0' from offset 0x0 to offset 0x4:
      
            AddOff     Values
            00000000:  00000000
            00000001:  00000001
            00000002:  00000003
            00000003:  00000004
            00000004:  00000005
            
  • 'WF <addr> [<data_list>]': FIFO write to an address on current chip
    • '<addr>' is the address to be FIFO written to
    • '[<data_list>]' is the comma/space/hyphen separated list of data to be written
    • e.g.
            Type command (h for menu): wf CONTROL0 0,1 3-5
            FIFO writing Virtex chip at address 'CONTROL0':
      
            CONTROL0:  00000000
            CONTROL0:  00000001
            CONTROL0:  00000003
            CONTROL0:  00000004
            CONTROL0:  00000005
            
  • 'FV': display the firmware versions of BOTH chips
  • 'T1': change 'current' chip to Virtex
  • 'T2': change 'current' chip to Spartan
  • 'q': exit the program

-- CharlieHill - 17 Sep 2012

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