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  1. I'm writing to report that the design problem was completely solved for me by the updated design but I want to mention an experience that I had because I didn't understand what was happening myself until a few months later. I was one of the people who requested and received a replacement Cmod. That one suffered from the same disconnecting issues so I had just assumed that the issue remained. But I ordered two more Cmods a few weeks ago and neither had the issue. I mentioned this to my customer service rep and she sent a replacement for the replacement. That one worked well, too.
  2. My company uses a CMOD A7 to drive a set of SPI-based peripherals, a few interlocks and some slow-moving analog controls. The 0.1" headers are plenty fast for SPI interfacing and make field repairs and upgrades simple. Speaking only for our application, I would not chose a higher pin density if one were available. I will, however, probably need an upgrade path at some point either to an Artix7 105T or a Zynq Z7-20. -David
  3. Thank you. Will instructions for how to make an exchange be posted to this thread? -David
  4. Thanks. Got it. I'm going to attempt to implement the fix and will report back when I've been able to reproduce it. Do you know if this will be addressed in future revisions to the Cmod A7 product line? -David
  5. Vicentiu, Thanks for doing this. I'm having a bit of trouble identifying the pads since some of the features are covered by components. Can you possibly post a photograph so that I can attempt to perform this modification? Thanks again for looking into this problem. -David P.S. I also found that using a USB 3.0 hub made my connection much more stable.
  6. I've stumbled upon what seems to be a complete solution to this problem. First, I switched cables, which did help but I still couldn't run the ILA through the new cable. In order to get ILA working, I lowered the connection speed. To do this: 1. In the lower left corner of Vivado, right click on "Open Hardware Manager" and press the menu that pops up to close it. This is poorly labeled but what it actually does is disconnects the Cmod. 2. Regular click on "Open Target" and select "Open Hardware Target..." A window will pop up in the middle of the screen. 3. Click "next
  7. Please forgive a nitpicky post but if I had trouble with these issues then so will others. I looked through the Cmod A7 Reference Manual and a few pieces of critical information seem to be just plain missing. 1. The addresses for the PCB pins aren't listed. They are for the pmod but not for the pins that actually set into a socket. 2. The clock speed and address aren't listed. I've been able to figure out these values from other forum posts and from the .XDC file but can someone please put them in the manual itself? If they're already there and I somehow just missed th
  8. I just checked my Cmod A7 mating to two Sullins Connector PPPC062LFBN-RC (DigiKey p/n S7109-ND) and they fit. Because each connector is independent of the other, you'd have to solder the connectors into a PCB with the Cmod connected to make sure that they don't rock out of alignment with each other.
  9. Thank you. I will follow the Pmod specification. -David
  10. I'm preparing to embed a Cmod A7 on a PCB and I want to provide similar circuit protection for some of its pins to those found on a Pmod output. I looked at the schematics for the Basys3 and found a 200 Ohm series resistor on each output pin and a zener diode directly from pin to ground. I have two concrete questions: 1. Just to confirm, the Zener voltage should be 3.4V, right? 2. What power does Digilent recommend for the 200 Ohm resistor? Thanks. -David
  11. I think that part of the problem is that the locations of these files are inconsistent between different resource centers. I was looking for the STEP file for the Cmod A7 and I found it in the Design Resources section of the table but not in the Additional Resources area. Can you have someone look into documentation consistency among similar products? It's not the most pressing of concerns but it's also a pretty easy fix. Thanks. -David
  12. I had been referring to the Basys3 but looking at the resource page I found it. It was under the Additional Resources area. Thanks. -David
  13. The .STEP files that were attached to jpeyron's post were hugely helpful. I didn't see them among the resources on the product pages myself. If I didn't just miss them somehow, can you request that they be added? Thanks.
  14. @freakuency, I had the same problem with the HDMI example as you did and ran into the same stumbling block. Here's how I resolved the issue with @jpeyron's help. The IP report window is confusing. When you click on the Upgrade IP link, it just reminds you of the importance of checking the log and then upgrading the IP. Not helpful... But at the bottom of the screen (and this is sometimes obscured on different sized windows) is a button to upgrade the IP. If you check the box next to the out of date IP, (in the case of the HDMI Zybo Z7-20 demo, its DVI2RGB) you can update it. The outd
  15. I don't know if I missed it earlier or if it was just added today but the flash memory part number is absolutely mentioned in the Zybo Z7 specifications. It is a Spansion S25FL128S. Either thank you very much or else sorry to have bothered you.