Antminer T17e Hash Board Repair Guide [EN]

How to Repair Antminer T17e Hash Board?

Antminer T17e Hash Board Repair Guide

Edition Date: 2019-11-25

File category: Maintenance program

Content of this volume: mainly describe how to troubleshoot various faults of the T17e hash board, and how to use test fixtures for accurate positioning.

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I. Requirements for maintenance platform / tool / equipment preparation

1. Platform requirements:

Rubber mat maintenance platform (the platform needs to be grounded), anti static wrist band and ground connection.

2. Equipment requirements:

Constant temperature soldering iron (350–360℃), the head of tip soldering iron is used to solder small patches such as chip resistors and capacitors, etc.; heat gun, BGA rework station for chip / BGA disassembly and soldering; multimeter, soldering steel pin and shrink tubing for easy measurement (Fluke 15b+ recommended); oscilloscope (Agilent recommended)

3.Testing tool requirements:

APW9 + power supply (APW9 +_14.5V-21V_V2.01 (470uF450V)) and power patch cord (self- made) for power supply of hash board; 2.1040 control board test fixture (fixture part number ZJ0001000001)

4.Requirements for maintenance auxiliary materials / tool:

Low-temperature solder paste Alpha OM550, flux solder paste, water for cleaning panel and anhydrous alcohol; water for cleaning panel is used to clean up soldering residues after repair; thermal conductive paste is used to apply on chips / heat sinks after maintenance (some models require thermal conductive paste); tin-planting steel mesh, ball-planting steel mesh, solder wire, solder ball (ball diameter is recommended to be 0.4mm); when replacing a new chip, you need to plant tin on chip pin and the BSM surface before soldering them to the hash board. You can also choose the simple and convenient Bitmain Antminer hash board repair bundle, which includes the necessary Antminer repair tools.

5.Demand for common maintenance spare materials:

0402 resistance (0R, 33R, 1K, 4.7K,); 0201 resistance (0R), 0402 capacitor (0.1uf, 1uf)

II. Maintenance Requirements

Maintenance personnel must have certain electronic knowledge, more than one year of maintenance experience, and be proficient in BGA / QFN / LGA package soldering technology.

1. After repairing, the hash board must be tested to be OK for more than twice, otherwise, it shall be rejected.

2. Please pay attention to the operation method when replacing the chip. There should be no obvious deformation of the PCB board after replacing any accessories. Check whether there are any open or short circuits, or missing parts in the replacement parts and the surroundings.

3. Check the tools, confirm whether the test fixtures can work normally, determine the test software parameters for the maintenance station, and version of test fixtures, etc.

4. After passing the repair and replacement chip test, you need to check the full chip before performing the functional test. The functional test shall ensure that the double-sided heat sinks are soldered OK and the cooling fan is at full speed. When using the chassis cooling function, you must put 3 hash boards at the same time to form air duct. The single-sided test of production must also ensure the formation of air ducts (important).

5. When measuring the signal, two fans are used to dissipate heat as assistance measure, and the fans maintain full speed (Recommended to use a laser tachometer to check the rotation speed of the cooling fan.)

6. For the front and back of the hash board, the steel windshield is under 20V voltage. During the measurement and maintenance, please keep the maintenance table clean and insulated to avoid short circuit during the maintenance.

T17e hash board

T17e hash board

Figure 2-1

7. When replacing a new chip, apply solder paste on the pins and the BSM surface to ensure that the chip is pre-tinned before soldering to PCBA for maintenance.

8. Fixtures at the maintenance end adopt Repair_Mode mode and config configuration files tested in non-scanning mode. After passing the test, the production end starts the production line from test piece; the after-sale end is normally installed and aged (installed at the same level). The test configuration file can be obtained from TE.

III. Production of fixtures and precautions

The supporting clamps of the fixture should meet the requirements for heat dissipation of the hash board and facilitate the measurement of signals.

1. Collection material number: ZJ0001000001 Test fixture.

2. Use the test fixture SD card flash program to update the control board FPGA. After decompression, copy to the SD card and insert the card into the fixture card slot. Power on for about 1 minute and wait for the control board indicator to flash for 3 times, then complete the update.

repair T17e hash boardFigure 3-1

repair T17e hash board

Figure 3-2

3. The test SD card will be produced according to the requirements. The single-sided heat sink uses the file before brushing to make the SD card; the double-sided heat sink uses the file after brushing to make the SD card (for batch testing of production subcontractors)

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Figure 3-3

4. The double-sided test at the production end requires a code scanning gun and serial port tools. Please refer to the test process file for details.

5.The after-sale end and outsourced maintenance side does not need to use the code scanning method (fixture SD card configuration file needs to be changed, the demand can be submitted to TE and TE will test the config configuration file for fixture).

IV. Principle overview

1. T17e hash board working structure:

The hash board is composed of 78 BM1396 chips, which are divided into 13 groups, each group is composed of 6 ICs; the working voltage of the BM1396 chip used by the T17e hash board is 1.35V; the last 24.5V output by the boost circuit U6 powers the LDO, LDO outputs 1.8V, the last two groups are powered by 24.5V DCDC to output 1.8V, and the other groups are powered by 17.65V divided voltage to provide 1.8V through DCDC. All 0.8V is provided by the 1.8V of this domain via the LDO output, as shown in Figure 4-1.

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T17e hash board repair guide

Figure 4-1

2. T17e hash board boost circuit:

The boost is from 21V to 24.5V powered by the power supply, as shown in Figure 4-2.

T17e hash board repair guide

T17e hash board repair guide

Figure 4-2

3. T17e chip signal direction:

3.1 CLK (XIN) signal direction: It is generated by Y1 25M crystal oscillator and transmitted from chip 01 to chip 44. During operation, the voltage is 1.45-1.65V(oscilloscope). Multimeter measure value is about 0.7-0.9V.

3.2 TX (CI, CO) signal direction: input from pin 7 (3.3V) of IO port, transferred to IC U2 through level conversion, then transmitted from chip 01 to chip 78; the voltage is 0V when the IO line is not inserted, and the voltage during operation is 1.8V.

3.3 RX (RI, RO) signal direction: from chip 78 to chip 01, return to pin 8 of the signal cable terminal via U1 and return to the control board; the voltage is 0.3V when the IO line is not inserted, and the voltage during operation is 1.8V. 

3.4 BO (BI, BO) signal direction: from chip 01 to chip 44; measure value is 0V when measuring with a multimeter. 

3.5 RST signal direction: input from pin 3 of the IO port, and then transmitted from chip 01 to chip 78; 0V without IO signal or in standby and 1.8V in operation.

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Figure 4-3

4. Overall architecture:

The miner is mainly composed of 3 hash boards, 1 T17e control board, APW9 + power supply, and 4 cooling fans, as shown in Figure 3-4.

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Figure 4-4

V. Common poor phenomenon of hash board and troubleshooting procedure

Phenomenon: during single board test, chip is detected to be 0 (PT1 / PT2 station type) 

Step one: check the power output first. Please check the circled part in Figure 5-1.

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Figure 5-1

Step two: check the voltage domain voltage output

The voltage in each voltage domain is about 1.35V. Generally, there is a domain voltage when power is supplied at 17.65V. It is preferred to measure the output of the power supply terminal of the hash board and determine whether the MOS is shorted (measure the resistance between pins 1, 4, and 8). If there is power supply at 17.65V but no domain voltage, continue to check downward (especially note that the voltage between each domain must be balanced, and the maximum difference cannot exceed 0.2V).

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Figure 5-2

Step three: check the PIC circuit

Measure whether the second pin of U3 has an output, the voltage is about 3.2V; if yes, please continue to troubleshoot, if there is no 3.3V, please check that the connection status of the fixture cable and the hash board is OK, and re-program the PIC.

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Figure 5-3

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Figure 5-4

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Figure 5-5

PIC programming procedure:

1. Program the PIC program of the arithmetic board.


T17e hash board repair guide

Download the programming tool: PICkit3; pin 1 of the PICkit3 cable corresponds to pin 1 of J3 on the PCB, and pins 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 need to be connected.

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Figure 5-6

2. Programming software:

Open MPLAB IPE, select device: PIC16F1704, click power to select the power supply method, and then click operate. First step: select the file to find the .HEX file to be programmed. Second step: click connect to connect normally. Third step: click the program button, then click verify after finish. Prompt will be sent to prove that the programming is successful.

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Figure 5-7

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Figure 5-8

Step four: check the boost circuit output

Test D5 / D8 in chart 4-9 to measure 23-24.5V voltage.

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Repair guide for T17e hash board

Figure 5-9

Step five: check the LDO 1.8V or PLL 0.8V output of each group

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Figure 5-10

Step six: check the chip signal output (CLK / CI / RI / BO / RST)

Refer to the range of voltage values described by the signal direction. If the measurement encounters a large deviation in voltage value, it can be compared with the measured values of adjacent groups. At the same time, please note that if the input pin of the first chip of CLOK CI RSET in the first voltage domain is insufficient solder or disconnected, the single board test will return to ASIC 0.

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Figure 5-11

Assuming that the chip signal pin output voltage is normal, if the chip is still incomplete, for example, if 77 chips are detected, you can troubleshoot by shorting RO and 1.8V in this domain. If 77 chips can be detected after shorting, it indicate that chips 1-77 should be normal, and you can troubleshoot the 78th chip at this time. If 76 chips are detected after short-circuiting, conduct troubleshooting forward; it is recommended to adopt the dichotomy method for troubleshooting, that is, test from the middle (the 39th one is checked, and each domain can be operated in this way).

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Figure 5-12

2. Phenomenon: Single board detection chip is incomplete (PT1 / PT2 station)

Check the relevant signals (CLK / CI / RI / BO / RST) of the chip in front of and behind the error position, locate the bad position according to the IC with the abnormal signal measured, and refer to the signal direction and voltage range for repair.

3. Phenomenon: single board pattern NG, that is, the response nonce data is incomplete (PT2 station type)

The serial port is connected to the computer, and the computer reads the test log; according to the results displayed in the log, the chip position of insufficient nonce data can be determined; replace the chip at the corresponding position.

4. Phenomenon: Test temperature reading is abnormal (PT2 station)

Check the temperature-sensing power supply VDD and the connection status between the temperature-sensing and the chip (TEMP_P; TEMP_N), and check the soldering quality of the chip connected to the corresponding temperature-sensing.

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Figure 5-13

Repair guide for T17e hash board

Figure 5-14

Check the quality of the front and back chip heat sinks connected to the temperature sensor. If the heat sink is not welded well, it will affect the temperature difference.

VI. Problems caused by control board issues

1. The whole miner is not running

First step: check whether the voltages at several voltage output points are normal. You can disconnect U8 first if 3.3V short circuit. If the short circuit still exists, you can unplug the CPU for measurement. For other voltage abnormalities, replace the corresponding transformer IC in general.

Second step: if the voltage is normal, please check the welding status of DDR / CPU (X-RAY inspection on the production side).

Third step: try to update the flash program with the SD card.

SD card

Figure 6-1

2. The whole miner cannot find the IP

Probably the IP is not found due to abnormal operation. Refer to point 1 for troubleshooting. Check the appearance and soldering of the network port, network transformer T1, and CPU.

3. The whole miner cannot be upgraded

Check the appearance and soldering of the network port, network transformer T1, and CPU. 

4.The whole miner fails to read the hash board or has fewer chains

A.Check the cable connection

B.Check the parts of corresponding chain on the control board

C.Check the wave soldering quality of the pins and the resistance around the plug-in interface

plug-in interface

VII. miner failure

1. Initial test of the whole miner

With reference to the test process documents, the general problems are assembly process issues and control board process issues.

Common phenomena: IP is not detected, the number of fans is abnormal, and the chain is abnormal.

2. The whole miner sweeping frequency band

Refer to the definition of bad code for scanning during frequency sweeping, refer to Table 7-1

best maintenance manual for T17e hashboard

best maintenance manual for T17e hashboard

best maintenance manual for T17e hashboard

best maintenance manual for T17e hashboard

3. miner aging and mining farm operation section

Low aging hashrate: Check the hashrate deviation of the corresponding hash board, check if there is a large hash rate difference. Take out the hash board with a large hashrate difference for testing and maintenance. Check if the network has a low average hashrate caused by interruption.

Large aging temperature difference: check the aging environment; for high-temperature boards, check the soldering quality of the heat sinks of the hash board.

Aging miner protection: Generally it is over temperature protection. Please control the aging environment temperature to be less than 40 degrees Celsius.

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Figure 7-1

Less chain:

If one of the chains cannot be detected, the miner shall be disassembled and tested on the corresponding hash board; if the hash board is determined to be faulty, the hash board shall be repaired, and if the control board is tested to be faulty, the control board shall be repaired.

4. After-sales maintenance

Refer to the above steps for troubleshooting. For related test procedures and use of test fixtures, please communicate with the after-sales engineer for details of the use. After repair, you can use the non-scanning mode to test PT2.

VIII. Other matters needing attention

Maintenance flowchart

maintenance flowchart

Figure 8-1 Maintenance flowchart

•Routine test: first perform visual inspection on the hash board to be repaired, observe whether the PCB is deformed or burnt. If yes, it must be handled first; check whether there are any parts with obvious burn marks, collision offset or missing parts, etc.; secondly, if no problem is found through visual inspection, the impedance of each voltage domain can be tested first to detect whether there is a short circuit or an open circuit. If yes, it must be handled first. Third, check whether the voltage of each domain is about 1.5V.

•After the routine test is OK (in general, the short-circuit test is necessary for the routine test to prevent the chip or other materials from being burned due to short circuit when the power is on), you can use the test fixture to perform chip detection, and determine the positioning based on the test fixture test results.

•According to the display result of the test fixture test, test the voltages of chip test points (CO / NRST / RO / XIN / BI), VDD0V8 and VDD1V8, etc. starting from the vicinity of the faulty chip.

•According to the signal direction (the RX signal is passed in the reverse direction (from chip 65 to 1), and several signals CLK CO BO RST are transmitted in the forward direction (from chip 1 to 65), find the abnormal fault point through the power supply sequence.

•When locating to the faulty chip, the chip needs to be re-soldered. The method is to add a flux around the chip (preferably no-clean flux), and heat the solder joints of the chip pins to a dissolved status, so as to promote the chip pins and the pads to re-run, then removing tin finally, thus achieving the effect of re-tinning. If the failure is the same after re-soldering, the chip shall be replaced directly.

•The repaired hash board can be determined to be a good product if it passes the fixture tests for more than twice. For the first time, after the replacement of the accessories is complete, wait for the hash board to cool down and perform fixture test, after passing, set it aside and then cool it down; for the second time, wait for a few minutes until the hash board is completely cooled before testing.

•After the board is repaired, relevant maintenance / analysis records (requirements for maintenance reports: date, SN, PCB version, tag number, bad cause, bad liability attribution, etc.) should be prepared for feedback to production, after-sales, research and development departments.

•After the record is prepared, install the entire miner for conventional aging.

•Good products repaired at the production end should flow production from the first station of production (at least conduct the appearance inspection and start from the PT1 / PT2 test station)!

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