Issue for Gowin RUNBER FPGA Development Board 114992325 Ver. 1.2

Dear Seeed Studio team,

Thank you for your support.

The customer purchased 114992325 Dev. board for one pc.
But he claimed V1.2 has initial defect.

I see the topic for this failure on Interface magazine in Japan as well.
https://interface.cqpub.co.jp/gowin-runberv1-2/

The problem is inposible flashing the internal flash memory.

[Details]

  1. This board includes FPGA GW1N-UV4LQ144(Gowin)which has Configuration flash memory.
    But this Version 1.2 has defective converting circuit for USB-JTAG.

So, It will be fail flashing the Internal flash memory when try to write flash memory and even not only flash memory.
Impossible to write SRAM, nither.

But previous Version 1.1 is working fine.

  1. The cause

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Version 1.1 was used FT232HQ(FTDI)as USB-JTAG interface.
But Ver. 1.2 is changed to CH552T(Nanjing Qinheng Microelectronics).

FT232HQ has MPSSE system which able to communicate SPI or JTAG protocol signal through USB.
difference is CH552T has USB device system CPU. So, USB-JTAG convert system is built in as software.

But problem is clock.
GW1N-UV4 flash memory requires to apply TCK clock 1M ~ 5MHz / 120ms to out continuously.
But Ver. 1.2 has gap between 8th clock is 12.96us each.
That’s the reason fail to flash the internal flash memory.

(Can’t upload the photo Cause Im new user. I will put it after 21 hours as reply)

And even It’s impossible to supplier to give update the firmware for this case to fix creating stronger signal.
Because CPU core spec isn’t enough of CH552T.

The question is,

  • Is Ver. 1.2 defect known issue?

Could you give us some advice?

Thank you so much.
Kind Regards,
Takashi

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Hello, this should be a defective issue that you encounter with your separate product. You can contact our technical support email to assist you with this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to you.

@Citric -san

Is it known issue for Version 1.2?
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I try to check our specialist But I didn’t get answer back yet.
I just want to let you know. If this post is inappropriate Please dete it.

Thank you Citric-san!

I asked my colleague about this and he indicated that the problem only occurs on defective boards. Not all boards.

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