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TSW14J56EVM: custom firmware and DSP blocks

Part Number: TSW14J56EVM


I am using the TSW14J56 combined to the ADC12J1600 in an optical communication system. So far I have been using the functions provided by with the HSDC software and the ADC GUI, and everything seems to work properly.

Now I would need to move forward and I would need to understand the following:

1) Is it possible to communicate between PC and FPGA without the HSDC GUI with a standalone custom firmware?

2) Does the FPGA have DSP blocks that can be used, even if it comes as EVM?

Specifically I would like to perform the following operations:

1) In a first instance I would simply need to collect the digitised data with the FPGA and transfer them to the computer where I can post-process them, and I would like not to bother about opening the HSDC etc.

2) I would need to move some of the post-processing to the FPGA itself (namely some matrix-vector multiplication and some fft).

I am very new to FPGAs therefore any info would be very useful for me, including maybe beginners guide to the FPGA present in the TSW14J56EVM and any good begineers guide for FPGAs.

Kind Regards,



  • Hi Francesco
    I have notified the TSW14J56EVM/HSDC Pro expert regarding your questions.
    He will provide a more detailed response tomorrow.
    Best regards,
    Jim B
  • Hi Francesco
    There is support for automation of HSDC Pro from other applications, but not direct connection to the TSW14J56EVM without HSDC Pro.
    Please review the information in the HSDC Pro directory at the following location:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Texas Instruments\High Speed Data Converter Pro\HSDCPro Automation DLL\Manual and Examples
    You can probably accomplish what you need for item one 1 the automation tools mentioned above.
    The item 2 need is beyond what we are able to support with these product evaluation tools.
    Best regards,
    Jim B