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Factory tests for NeTV2.


"Full scenario" requires the following cables and hardware to be installed:

  • TX0->Overlay
  • TX1->RX0
  • PCI express loopback header
  • Rpi loopback/breakout
  • Ping test network cable
  • USB loopback
  • A microSD card
  • A fan

The hardware design that accompanies this test program can be downloaded at:

This will check every port and every function. The test requires two passes because a "fully-loaded" FPGA at the current litex rev has difficulty routing clocks to four GTP interfaces (it can route to one easily, and two with some finagling). Some optimization of PLL resource usage and clocks globally would alleviate this, but to make testing expedient we do one test where we test all the features, and then a second, quick GTP-only test to confirm all four GTP channels are soldered correctly.

Once the test completes, it also burns the production firmware into the SPI ROM.

The test is meant to be triggered automatically when the PCI cards are detected as plugged in.

The test directory itself is structured to refer to all of the helper JTAG scripts & firmware images through submodules. The netv-fpga repository is actually included twice, but one on the "master" branch, and other on the "tester-master" branch. Each of these include a copy of the production binary, and the method for updating the tester is thus to do a git pull of the alphamax repository and pull in the latest published binary.

"Quick scenario" requires no cables to be installed, but it does assume you have a jig which can measure all the voltage test points on the PCB. Quick scenario confirms about 80% of the solder connections and also quickly shuts down the board if any voltages are out of spec, thus preventing further damage.

The quick scenario is meant to be a fast check of the PCB to screen gross solder issues before burning the labor and time to run the full scenario. It's meant to be triggered using a mechanical pushbutton.

This is meant to be run using the "exclave" tester infrastructure, which you can get here:

And there's an exclave.service file which you can use to install it as a boot service, which means your Rpi will boot into a tester automatically.

This tester depends on the system having a number of libraries installed, including "expect", pulseaudio, and a web interface module which can be downloaded at The openocd scripts built into the submodule assume you have the alphamax fork of openocd built and installed, which is necessary because of some critical bugs in the bcm2835 driver that have been submitted to the maintainers for mainline inclusion but it's unclear if it will ever be incorporated. There are also some gpio helper scripts that need to be compiled and setuid to run correctly; those instructions are documented in the ".trigger" files.

A final note is that the scripts include hard-coded paths, because the earlier version of exclave used during development has no option to fix the run path (so the relative path is shifting depending upon where you start exclave, and this is annoying especially when you need it to start as a system service file). Thus the scripts assume you have done a "git clone" of the netv2-tests repository in a directory called /home/pi/code, that you've pulled in the submodules. If you change the username, you'll have to recode all the scripts, unfortunately.


Exclave tests for NeTV2



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