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PSLab Hardware V2 - new chip #79

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mariobehling opened this issue Dec 9, 2018 · 9 comments
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PSLab Hardware V2 - new chip #79

mariobehling opened this issue Dec 9, 2018 · 9 comments
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@mariobehling
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@mariobehling mariobehling commented Dec 9, 2018

There are better chips available for future versions of PSLab. One recommendation is LPC43S70FET256: 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 + 2 x M0 MCU; 282 kB SRAM; Ethernet; two HS USBs; 80 Msps 12-bit ADC; configurable peripherals, AES engine

https://www.nxp.com/products/processors-and-microcontrollers/arm-based-processors-and-mcus/lpc-cortex-m-mcus/lpc4300-cortex-m4-m0/32-bit-arm-cortex-m4-plus-2-x-m0-mcu-282-kb-sram-ethernet-two-hs-usbs-80-msps-12-bit-adc-configurable-peripherals-aes-engine:LPC43S70FET256

Because of the on board 80 MSPS ADC, 6 channel and so the oscilloscope function would be able to capture faster signals and 12 bit accuracy should be sufficient enough for most uses. It will still be available for at least 8 years, according to NXPs roadmap. The price is comparable to the STM32L4.

@mariobehling mariobehling changed the title PSLab Hardware V2 - new chips PSLab Hardware V2 - new chip Dec 9, 2018
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@cweitat cweitat commented Dec 23, 2018

Alternatively, to look at FPGA for better specifications

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@geekyjoyce72 geekyjoyce72 commented Dec 23, 2018

Alternatively, to look at FPGA for better specifications

Hmmm but still, performance in terms of analog and digital sampling/signal generation is really down to the AD/DA converters and their specs. FPGA will drive the cost and design complexity up needlessly, compared to a MCU like the one suggested.

I don't see an application here that justifies the use for FPGA. Thoughts?

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@cweitat cweitat commented Dec 23, 2018

@geekyjoyce72 is just an alternative that we can KIV. :)

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@geekyjoyce72 geekyjoyce72 commented Mar 1, 2019

https://www.nxp.com/products/processors-and-microcontrollers/arm-based-processors-and-mcus/lpc-cortex-m-mcus/lpc4300-cortex-m4-m0/32-bit-arm-cortex-m4-plus-2-x-m0-mcu-282-kb-sram-ethernet-two-hs-usbs-80-msps-12-bit-adc-configurable-peripherals-aes-engine:LPC43S70FET100?

Actually, there's also a 100 pin version, this will make routing easier to handle.

I honestly am thinking about building one of these boards with the LPC MCU myself first, what do you think?

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@mariobehling mariobehling commented Mar 1, 2019

Nice! Please go ahead and post a basic design in a new folder in this repo.

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@orangecms orangecms commented Nov 29, 2020

I am currently looking at a handful of development boards that I recently got to see what platforms are nice to develop on.

AT SAM D MCUs and other AT SAM MCUs are probably sufficient to bring all the features we need to switch platforms.
I have a XIAO board, which is a SAM D21. I'm trying various environments, looking into Zephyr and FreeRTOS, possibly RIOT OS, bare Rust, and Arduino, the latter being quite complex regarding build setup for CI.

I am not exactly sure what is necessary in order to get the hardware features that the current PSLab has, so I am mostly looking from a software/firmware development perspective.

Here is a decent overview of the MCU market: https://jaycarlson.net/microcontrollers/

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@fcartegnie fcartegnie commented Jan 18, 2021

As dev boards STM32 discovery kits do provide STLink on board (dual USB) for free. old STMF1 are cheap.
STM32F1 series are too limited

The chinese DSO138 Kit using STM32F1 has 1Msps over 1 chan and provides LCD screen for 15$. There's no point of making a similar device for higher price and less hardware.

The PIC "secondary" 2Msps chip can still be driven by an STM to provide 4chans. (assuming we can have enough bw between the 2)

If we need to target a single chip, then we don't care about frequency. We must focus on RAM and ADC capabilities. Having a 72MHz chip that performs worse than PIC is useless, because the ADC Clock does not run at the MCU speed.

Ex: STMF3 provides DMA and RTC. There's far more chip versions. Should consider "ADC Clock" first.

https://hsel.co.uk/2015/12/10/stm32f0-high-sample-rate-adc-usage/
https://www.stmicroelectronics.com.cn/content/ccc/resource/training/technical/product_training/group0/3c/ee/54/92/43/f1/4e/27/STM32H7-Analog-ADC_ADC/files/STM32H7-Analog-ADC_ADC.pdf/_jcr_content/translations/en.STM32H7-Analog-ADC_ADC.pdf

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@orangecms orangecms commented Jan 20, 2021

Screenshot_20210121-004502_Document_Viewer

for quick comparison, here's the table from the DAC performance document

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