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The Data Capture Demo requires that the modules:

  • FTDI chips Port B is in OPTO isolated mode
  • the FPGA Intel MAX 10 is programmed with the demo specific firmware

If the module is in initial delivery condition, FTDI chip Port B is set to 245 FIFO and different Firmware,
boot requirements are not meet, so all steps on this wiki page need to be taken.


Compressed folder, containing all necessary files for the demo, must de uncompressed - Download-Link

Software which needs to be installed prior to configure the module,
for programming the FPGA Intel MAX 10: 

  • Intel - Quartus prime Lite Edition (Version 18.1) - Download-Link
  • Arrow-USB-Blaster-Setup (Version 2.2) - Download-Link
  • the firmware, a *.pof file as part of the compressed demo folder

The demo itself requires the installation of Visual Analog (Version - Download Link

The compressed folder needs to be extracted, so that the contend can be used inside other programs.
Arrow-USB-Blaster and Quartus prime need to be installed to update the firmware,
Visual Analog for running the demo.

FPGA demo specific firmware

To update the firmware to the demo specific one, open Quartus prime programmer.
In the windows startmenu search for Intel FPGA 18.1. ... Lite Edition and open programmer.

In its window press "Hardware Setup..." which leads to an other new window.

In it press right next to "Currently selected hardware" and select "Arrow-USB-Blaster [USBX]",
whereby the "X" in [USBX] is a placeholder.

Then, press "Close" and return to the previous window.
Now the hardware is selected and through pressing Add File the downloaded *.pof firmware file can be selected.
The window layout changes slightly.

Mark the "Program/Configure" box for the selected file. The programming of the FPGA is executed, when you press the button "Start".
When the programming finishes, the Quartus Prime Programmer can be closed.

Integration with Visual Analog

  1. Figure out the modules COM port number
    1. Open the device manager, right click onto windows start menu symbol and select device manager
    2. Open ports and identify the port used by the module, the number is here marked with an X

  2. Setup Visual Analog
    1. Start Visual Analog and open a Blank canvas

      Via File → Open point to the file AnalogMAX_DAQ1_Capture.vac from the demo folder.

    2. Press Tools → External Tools... to prepare the usage of adcapture.exe, in the new appearing window

    3. Click Add in the new opened window and insert the name "adcapture" in the Display Text.
      Click Browse... and select the file "adcapture.exe" from the downloaded demo.
      Into Arguments insert "COMX,115200 1024 c:\temp\capture.txt 7", where the X in COMX
      is a placeholder for your comport number.

      To finish the setup press OK.

      Parameter description:
      COM14 - COM port which is used for the connection.
      115200 - Baud rate which is used for the connection.
      1024 - Amount of K samples to read, minimum 64 and maximum is 1024.
      c:\temp\capture.txt - File name and path which specifies where to storage the data.
      7 - Command to adjust the gain, possible values are:
                 1 for a gain of 1, 2 for a gain of 2, 4 for a gain of 4 and 8 for a gain of 8

  3. Launch adcapture
    1. To run the demo, select the above inserted tool by selecting Tools → adcapture, a new window opens
    2. The window shows the activity of the tool "adcapture", the picture below shows its state when it is finished

    3. In Visual Analog, use "F5" or press Canvas → Run to update the screen

Quick test with a terminal program

  1. Figure out the correct COM port number for the AnalogMAX DAQ1 board
    1. Open the device manager.
    2. Open ports and identify the port used by the AnalogMAX DAQ1 as visible in Figure 10.

  2. Open terminal and set the parameters (example use for putty).
    1. Set the connection type to Serial.
    2. Set the "Serial line" to your above found COM port.
    3. Set the "Speed" to 115200.
    4. Use "Open" to start the connection.
  3. Type following character for the appropriate usage.
    1. "?" to get the ID (AnalogMAX DAQ1 will return "1", DAQ2 will return "2")
    2. "t" to trigger ADC capture into the memory - 1M samples.
    3. "." to get one ADC sample.
    4. "+" to get 128 samples.
    5. "*" to get 16*1024 samples.

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