First, install the required tools to communicate with the board.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install i2c-tools libasound2-dev
Then, one will need to enable i2c, i2s and spi through the raspberry
raspi-config tool (tuto for SPI is here).
Then update python modules with the following command
pip3 install smbus2 RPi.GPIO PyAudio matplotlib
To get the tools for this board, the lit3rick repo can be used with all required tools at:
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/kelu124/lit3rick.git cd lit3rick/program/utilities make sudo cp lit3prog /bin/
To test that the install is succesful,
./ram_test.sh would program the RGB led blinky on the fpga ram. The other script
./flash_test.sh writes a the bitstream on the flash, allowing for a persisting install (even across powerups).
Going back a level, one can flash the lit3rick with the lit3_v2.0.bin bitstream, with:
cd ../ ./prog_ram.sh
./prog_flash.sh writes a persisting version on the flash) `
When programming the flash, you should get the flash ID appear and the flashing starts. Takes a bit more time than the ram programming.
RPi4 seems to face flash issues, so please follow instructions here to update your Pi ( http://wiringpi.com/wiringpi-updated-to-2-52-for-the-raspberry-pi-4b/) to get the latest WiringPi:
cd /tmp wget https://project-downloads.drogon.net/wiringpi-latest.deb sudo dpkg -i wiringpi-latest.deb
Make sure that the board is connected to a sensor, and that pulser voltages are connected, by default by putting jumpers on the 2 2x1 headers close to the SMAs.
cd ../py_fpga/ ./ndt.py
This command should start the acquisition of a line, and will create the ndt* images and files.
Any python editor works, but for the sake of simplicity I use VSCode on raspberrypi4 - this IDE allows you to work on a “working” computer while connected to raspberrypi. A great tutorial is here. It also allows multiple collaborators to access the code without having to be physically near the raspberry.
One can remove the traditional jumpers supplying 5V to the positive HV path to pulser, to provide one’s HV.
In case one wishes to use a dual element transducer, to separate tx and rx path, one needs to remove R26.