I have not attempted the tutorial, but if I was testing the adapters, I
would do something like this:
1. Take a known-working demo (which does loopback, for example)
2. Test the demo yourself and confirm it is doing loopback successfully
3. Disconnect the TX port from the ROACH and plug in your converter.
Connect to your pc via 1gbe and use wireshark to see if packets are
1. If this works, then you know that the connector works and your
code is broken -- knowing what I do about writing 10GbE code,
it's probably that!!
4. Now, test your own code with the device
I have used 1GbE and the interface is almost identical to the 10GbE
interface. Only difference is that you fill the interface one byte at a
time. So, toss an 8-mux in front of the input, driving each of the mux
inputs with a different one-byte slice of the 8-byte 10GbE input word.
Attach a 3-bit counter to the "select" port, and you're off to the races!
I strongly suggest starting off by connecting a simple constant or
counter to your input at first. Change it to something more
sophisticated once you get your endianness and basic packet reading
On 08/10/2017 01:32 PM, Xavier Bosch wrote:
Thank you for your response.
You are right, I first considered the 1 GbE port but this implies to
restructure the data packaging, instead of using 64 bits of length, as
I am right now. I have to change it to 8.
Besides the fact that there is no much information on the 1 GbE port,
but there is a tutorial for teh 10 GbE, which made it quite easy to
Is not that it cannot be done, but design and test would take me a
significant amount of time.
If I could solve the problem using an adapter that would be great ! :-)
On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 1:22 PM Ryan Monroe <ryan.m.mon...@gmail.com
Why not use the 1GbE port on the ROACH2? No need to go for 10GbE
On 08/10/2017 01:16 PM, Xavier Bosch wrote:
As I explained in a previous email, I am looking for a way to
send the slow-throughput ROACH2 data (~25 Mbps) to a PC without
using the SPF+ ports on the PC side. Mobility is important for
the project that I am working, so I want to be able to use any
laptop for that purpose without the burden of having to have a 10
GeB SPF+ card
I first considered the 1 GbE but this implies a big
reconfiguration of the design sine the outputs are 8 bit instead
of 64 that the 10 GbE interface uses.
Have anyone tried to use a SPF+ to 1 GbE RJ45 connector like the
ones in the attached picture?
I did some research and I found that the Quad SFP+ Mezzanine
board uses the Vitesse VSC8488XJU chip which in theory should
allow such connection, as you can see in this spec. sheet
So far, I tested 2 different adapters at port 0 with no luck.
Does anyone know if this is possible?
Is the 1 GbE option enable in the mezzanine board?
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