Avalon A8 Series Hash Board Repair Manual

Avalon A8 Series Hash Board Repair Manual

2022/7/23

This tutorial applies to Avalon A821, A841, A851, and other series of miners. The article takes Avalon 821 as an example to explain the precautions and methods of A821 hash board maintenance.

First, we need to understand how to connect the test fixture and hash board.

The test fixture consists of the PMU board and the MM board (control board). The connection method is as follows:

test fixture connection method

PMU connection diagram:

12V power input port: connect to the power supply of the miner;

VCore and GND: Connect the VCore and GND of the hash board to be tested;

Signal output: connect to the signal port of the hash board to be tested;

Connect with the A821 MM board: Connect the Avalon 821 PMU with the A821 MM board.

PMU connection diagram 

Notice:

1. The A821 MM board is connected to the A821 PMU. Due to the program settings, the DATA2 interface of A821 is connected to J8 of the PMU, and the DATA2 pin1 of the A821 MM board corresponds to the J8 pin2 of the A821 PMU;

2. The signal and VCore power of the A821 PMU are only output from the J6 connector and the VCore-2 side, so only the J6 side connector and the VCore-2 power output can be connected. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the interface direction of the signal output end of the A821 PMU; like regular plugs, the pins are reversed.

Pay attention to the order of the 12V power input ports, the top is GND (black), and the bottom is 12V (yellow);

MM board (control board) connection diagram:

MM board connection diagram 

Connect with A821 PMU board: A821 MM board is connected with the A821 PMU;

Serial port connection: used to view the hash board test information on the computer screen; connect the computer USB port through the USB to TTL serial port module;

The serial port connection sequence is:

MM side PIN

Serial port line sequence

Pin 1

Ground

Pin 2

TXD

Pin 3

Receiving end

FPGA reset button (the test button, which can be connected to an external foot switch or automatic reset switch): After the test program is completed, pressing the test button again will output a reset signal and restart the test.

Hash board connection diagram:

hash board connection diagram 

PMU output connection diagram:

VCore Power Supply: Powering the hash board

GND: Hash board power GND, the signal is connected to PMU and hash board, PMU transmits data to hash board through the data cable, and then transmits the calculated data back to A821 PMU through the data cable.

PMU output connection diagram 

A821 hash board "Pin No.":

Pin No.

Signal

Pin No.

Signal

Pin 1

12V

Pin 2

1.8V

Pin 3

1.8V

Pin 4

RO

Pin 5

Ground

Pin 6

CO

Pin 7

Ground

Pin 8

DO

Pin 9

Ground

Pin 10

DI

Pin 11

Ground

Pin 12

CI

Pin 13

Ground

Pin 14

RI

Notice:

1. Do not reverse the connection between VCore and GND;

2. The wiring sequence of the PMU board and the hash board; when connecting the signal line, do not insert the wrong or misplaced; otherwise, it will cause damage to the hash board, MM board, and PMU board.

3. The red and black power cables and signal cables must be connected well before the test; otherwise, the LDO of the hash board will be burned.

4. When testing the hash board, a cooling fan needs to be placed to dissipate heat;

5. Do not test the hash board for a long time; otherwise, the temperature will be too high.

Avalon 821 hash board structure:

When replacing the ASIC chip on the hash board, you need to replace the chip with the same Bin number according to the chip label on the hash board.

Avalon 821 hash board 

Hash board test steps:

1. Determine the status of the hash board; power on the hash board, and judge whether maintenance is required according to the status of the hash board indicator light:

The status indicator is judged as follows:

Green, the hash board is normal and does not need repair.

Red, the hash board is abnormal and needs to be repaired.

hash board test 

2. Determine whether there is a problem with the hash board through the serial port

View the LOG information of the hash board running on the computer through the serial port debugging tool, as shown in the figure:

Serial port debugging tool settings need to set the serial port number, the baud rate is set to 115200, the data bit is 8 bits, and the stop bit is 1 bit.

serial port debugging tool 

3. Coretest abnormal phenomenon judgment and repair

If the following code appears in the LOG information, asic count = 26, miner 0 asic 21 pass 0, miner 0 asic 24 pass 0, it means that there is a problem with the A21 and A24 chips corresponding to the A821 hash board, and the A21 and A24-bit chips need to be replaced.

Note: The BIN number of the chip to be replaced should correspond to the BIN number marked on the back of the hash board.

LOG information 

4. Loopback abnormal phenomenon and repair

If asic count=0 appears in the LOG information, it means loopback fails; that is, the link of the hash board is unreachable, indicating that there is a problem with the signal transmission of the A821 hash board, and further testing is required.

asic count=0 

First of all, we need to check whether the appearance of the components is damaged visually, or the welding is poor;

LDO soldering problems:

LDO soldering problems 

Abnormal resistance:

Abnormal resistance 

If you can't see it with the naked eye, you need an oscilloscope or a Fluke 15B+ multimeter to locate the hash board problem quickly:

1. Use the Fluke 15B+ multimeter impedance gear to measure the impedance between the 12V test point and GND. If the impedance is between 0-100Ω, there is a problem with the LDOs (U1, U2) of A0-A5.

Test the impedance of the A0-A5 VTOP test point and the VDD test point to determine whether the impedance is normal. If the impedances do not match, the corresponding LDOs (U1, U2) need to be replaced.

Avalon hash board test point 

Test Point

Impedance (Ω)

Corresponding chip

VTOP

> 90Ω

U1

VDD

> 70KΩ

U2

If the impedance of the test point is abnormal, the corresponding chip needs to be replaced.

2. Use an oscilloscope to test the CO signal of each group of chips. If there is no waveform, there is a problem with the chipset. First, you need to use a Fluke 15B+ multimeter to determine whether the output voltages of U1 and U2 meet the impedance value and voltage value. If not, you need to replace the corresponding power chip (U1, U2).

The CO signal waveform is shown in the following figure:

(The oscilloscope is set to AC; the amplitude is set to 1.00V/div, and the frequency is set to 500ns/div)

CO signal waveform 

A821 hash board parameter reference:

Signal

Resistance (Ω)

RO and GND

365K

CO and GND

365K

DO and GND

365K

DI and GND

234K

CI and GND

234K

RI and GND

234K

12V and GND

64K

1.8V and GND

37K

RO and CO

747K

CO and DO

747K

DO and DI

700K

DI and CI

553K

CI and RI

554K

C and GND

1K

D and GND

1K

R and GND

1K

A821 hash board voltage value:

Voltage

Voltage value

VDD

1.8V

VTOP

0.75V

CORE

0.35V

Notice:

1. Since the chip modules are in series mode, the signal is transmitted from the 25th chip module to the 0th chip module. So we need to check from the 25th chip to the 0th chip. If the front chip doesn't work, the back chip doesn't work either.

2. Confirm that each module's two adjacent signal waveforms are inconsistent. If they are consistent, you need to confirm the impedance of adjacent signals to determine whether the pins are short-circuited;

3. The signal voltage of each chip module is 1.8V.

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