P2 version 10.3 released for 14-bit Hermes (10E and 100B)

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P2 version 10.3 released for 14-bit Hermes (10E and 100B)

Postby w-u-2-o » Fri May 03, 2019 3:24 pm

Phil has succeeded in updating the P2 firmware for the small FPGA on the 14-bit Hermes design (used in the ANAN-10E and ANAN-100B). This is quite remarkable as the FPGA is at 99% utilization, a very, very difficult state of affairs to manage!


Please take careful note of the "IMPORTANT - Read me" file as follows:

Ethernet runs at a Gigabit. Due to the fact that the FPGA is 99% full a number of features are not supported:

1. DHCP is not supported, in which case you need to use a fixed IP address.
2. ICMP (ping) is not supported.
3. You must use the Bootloader to load new FPGA code.

Phil further advises:

I’ve included some bug fixes that Rick implemented in the Orion Mk II code and also fixed an issue with one of the data packets being the wrong length. The FPGA is 99% full so adding any more features as going to be a challenge!

Just like the Hermes board, users should check that the Polyfuses are not causing the supply voltages to drop since just enabling the PHY
to run at a Gigabit causes a significant increase in current draw, irrespective of what sampling rate is use.

This version has not undergone a wide release for testing, so feedback will be important. If you have not replaced or shorted the F3 PTC device and observe sudden stoppages or crashes that are only recoverable by power cycling the hardware and/or letting it cool off, it may very well be the F3 current limitation problem.

See more about F3 here: https://apache-labs.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=2354&p=2381
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Re: P2 version 10.3 released for 14-bit Hermes (10E and 100B)

Postby ka9lhe » Fri May 03, 2019 6:03 pm

Running at 25-30% on a 10e using 2 receivers.
PC is a I5-4570 with 8GB RAM.

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Re: P2 version 10.3 released for 14-bit Hermes (10E and 100B)

Postby K0MO » Sat May 04, 2019 2:33 pm

Great job guys! Thank you for all the effort you put on this release.
I'll be testing it and reporting back to you with my findings.

May the 4th be with you!

Manny K0MO

P.S. Today is my birthday. Thanks for the gift!
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Re: P2 version 10.3 released for 14-bit Hermes (10E and 100B)

Postby k6avp » Thu May 16, 2019 3:38 pm

Been using the new V3 FW with Thetis 2.6.7 on my 100B. Everthing seems to work, except the 6m preamp is not always turned back on after tx (happens about 25% of tx's). Clicking the Thetis tune button on/off a time or two returns the preamp, cycling the disable preamp on rx button in filter settings also does it and you can hear a relay click then, which you can not using the tune button as it is covered by the tx relay.

I tried a FW reinstall and it made no difference.
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Re: P2 version 10.3 released for 14-bit Hermes (10E and 100B)

Postby vk3amp » Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 am

Hi all,
I have installed the latest version of the protocol 2 firmware for my ANAN10e, using the latest Thetis 2.6.7.
Everything seems to work perfectly except for Pure signal.
When I activate PS it seems to make the firmware crash after a little while, which needs the radio power cycled to recover.
I have tried different sampling rates with different DSP setting to no avail.
It was working ok when i was using the protocol 1 firmware.
Thought I'd post in case anyone else was having similar issues

Cheers Onder

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