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Everything should be already good to go but just in case

Connecting the Kintex to the computer

Is possible to communicate with the Kintex FPGA using a ethernet connector. The ethernet connector has to be plugged directly in the computer ethernet bus, without using an external hub. By default the board address is To be able to communicate create a network with the following settings:

 IP Address:
 Subnet Mask:

In UBUNTU you have to define this network in the file


And you can add it (if it is not already there) as

 # The primary network interface
 auto eth0
 iface eth0 inet static

After that use the command

  ifdown eth0; ifup eth0

And check if the board is there:


Kintex firmware installation

Get the right firmware here tag If not already installed, install the VIVADO software then:

  • Connect the KC705 with the computer through JTAG connector.
  • Open Vivado and Go Open Hardware Manager→ Open Target→ Auto connect
  • now the KC705 should appear if it is properly connected.
  • Right click on the card and go to add configuration memory and follow the steps indicated in the bdaq53 twiki to program using flash memory (I recommend this method because even if you turn off the FPGA permanently programmed) .

bdaq53 installation

  • Install conda for python
  • Install dependencies and bdaq53:
  conda install numpy bitarray pyyaml scipy numba pytables matplotlib tqdm pyzmq blosc psutil
  pip install git+

Run a test (work in progress)

powering procedure missing on purpose, ask to someone who had already done it

 cd bdaq53/
 source develop
 bdaq53 --help

choose a test (for example scan_digital) and

 bdaq53 scan_digital

Module Calibration (work in progress)


Run the cross talk scan (work in progress)

the cross talk scan is not in the bdaq53 scan list but nevertheless is present inside the scan folder. To run it:

 cd bdaq53/bdaq53/scans/
users/rdelburgo.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/11 16:45 by delburgo