Re: #u3s #synth 27MHz Crystal on Si5351 module failure? U3S just showing boxes... #synth #u3s

Hans Summers

All correct, Daniel

FYI the standard Si5351A-B-GTR does nothing on power-up, no clock outputs. It requires programming via I2C to make it do anything.

Custom versions are possible, which have default power-up configurations programmed in. I imagine you have to make a huge order to interest SiLabs in making a custom version! 

73 Hans G0UPL 

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018, 23:45 Daniel Ekman SA2KNG <knegge@...> wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, the lcd display is initialized before the mcu even speaks to the synth over i2c. So the two rows should disappear (and probably display text) before the i2c synth stuff begins. So the 27MHz crystal is irrelevant during this phase. The mcu has it's own 20MHz crystal to run, so it does not need anything from the synth, as is clear when you power up the board without the synth.
Search on the synth board for the problem first. I suspect there's something wrong with the level shifters (Q1,Q2) or the i2c pins (4,5) on the Si-chip (measure at R3,R4). They should both idle at 3.3V at the chip side and 5V at the pinheader to the QCU board.
I'm not so familiar with the Si-chip as to know what it does when it's powered up without a controller talking to it, perhaps in the datasheet. Still this does not help too much if the problem lies in the i2c pins and level shifters.

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