MAX 10 FPGA Development Kit User Guide

ID 683460
Date 9/07/2017
Document Table of Contents

3. Board Test System

This kit includes an application called the Board Test System (BTS).
The BTS provides an easy-to-use interface to alter functional settings and observe the results. You can use the BTS to test board components, modify functional parameters, observe performance, and measure power usage. While using the BTS, you reconfigure the FPGA several times with test designs specific to the functionality you are testing.
Figure 5. Board Test System GUI

Several designs are provided to test the major board features. Each design provides data for one or more tabs in the application. The Configure menu identifies the appropriate design to download to the FPGA for each tab.

After successful FPGA configuration, the appropriate tab appears that allows you to exercise the related board features. Highlights appear in the board picture around the corresponding components

The BTS communicates over the JTAG bus to a test design running in the FPGA. The Board Test System and Power Monitor share the JTAG bus with other applications like the Nios II debugger and the SignalTap® II Embedded Logic Analyzer. Because the Quartus II programmer uses most of the bandwidth of the JTAG bus, other applications using the JTAG bus might time out. Be sure to close the other applications before attempting to reconfigure the FPGA using the Quartus II Programmer.