Author: Kozak, T.
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WEPGF074 FPGA Firmware Framework for MTCA.4 AMC Modules 1
  • Ł. Butkowski, T. Kozak, B.Y. Yang
    DESY, Hamburg, Germany
  • P. Prędki
    TUL-DMCS, Łódź, Poland
  • R. Rybaniec
    Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Electronic Systems, Warsaw, Poland
  Many of the modules in specific hardware architectures use the same or similar communication interfaces and IO connectors. MicroTCA (MTCA.4) is one example of such a case. All boards: communicate with the central processing unit (CPU) over PCI Express (PCIe), send data to each other using Multi-Gigabit Transceivers (MGT), use the same backplane resources and have the same Zone3 IO or FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) connectors. All those interfaces are connected and implemented in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips. It makes possible to separate the interface logic from the application logic. This structure allows to reuse already done firmware for one application and to create new application on the same module. Also, already developed code can be reused in new boards as a library. Proper structure allows the code to be reused and makes it easy to create new firmware. This paper will present structures of firmware framework and scripting ideas to speed up firmware development for MTCA.4 architecture. European XFEL control systems firmware, which uses the described framework, will be presented as example.  
poster icon Poster WEPGF074 [0.702 MB]  
WEPGF015 Drivers and Software for MicroTCA.4 1
  • M. Killenberg, M. Heuer, M. Hierholzer, L.P. Petrosyan, Ch. Schmidt, N. Shehzad, G. Varghese, M. Viti
    DESY, Hamburg, Germany
  • T. Kozak, P. Prędki, J. Wychowaniak
    TUL-DMCS, Łódź, Poland
  • S. Marsching
    Aquenos GmbH, Baden-Baden, Germany
  • M. Mehle, T. Sušnik, K. Žagar
    Cosylab, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • A. Piotrowski
    FastLogic Sp. z o.o., Łódź, Poland
  Funding: This work is supported by the Helmholtz Validation Fund HVF-0016 'MTCA.4 for Industry'.
The MicroTCA.4 crate standard provides a powerful electronic platform for digital and analogue signal processing. Besides excellent hardware modularity, it is the software reliability and flexibility as well as the easy integration into existing software infrastructures that will drive the widespread adoption of the new standard. The DESY MicroTCA.4 User Tool Kit (MTCA4U) comprises three main components: A Linux device driver, a C++ API for accessing the MicroTCA.4 devices and a control system interface layer. The main focus of the tool kit is flexibility to enable fast development. The universal, expandable PCI Express driver and a register mapping library allow out of the box operation of all MicroTCA.4 devices which are running firmware developed with the DESY board support package. The tool kit has recently been extended with features like command line tools and language bindings to Python and Matlab.
poster icon Poster WEPGF015 [0.536 MB]