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Avalon-IR-1.jpg Avalon-IR-2.jpg

Hardware Information

Chip Specification

Technology Summary:
   TSMC 0.11- micron G process
       5 Metal
Core Voltage: 1.2 V
I/O Voltage: 3.3 V
Core Frequency: 256+ MHz
Number of Pads: 48
   8 Data
   40+1 Power
Package Type: QFN48 -0.5 Pitch
Packaged Chip Size: 7 mm x 7 mm

Chip Interface
Data Pins (8 in total):
Clock                     i
Serial Data In  [2]       i
Serial Data Out [2]       o
Serial Data Bypass [2]    o
Reserved    [1]    -

Wafer

TSMC
TMEM91
Chip Size :   X = 3.9760 ,Y = 4.0560 mm
Reticle Size :   X/cell =  3 ,Y/cell =  3
Offset Value :   X = -3.7668 ,Y = -2.2990 mm
Alignment Mark :   (118.80,83.20),(-118.80,-83.20)
Alignment Mark Tolerant Distance :      1.6 mm
Notch Reserved Distance :   7.75 mm
Start Distance :   7.75 mm
Ring Edge :   3.0 mm
Photo Die Number:    4055

Power

Chip power efficienty: 6.6W/GHs @ 1.15 V
Module power consumption: 149W @ 20GHs/ 164W@ 22GHs
Machine power consumption: 595W @ 220V-AC/ 620W @ 120V-AC

User Guide

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  • Connect your laptop to the eithernet port of the Avalon
  • Setup your laptop IP address 192.168.0.101
  • Open http://192.168.0.100
  • Make sure WR703N can access Internet, Configure WiFi: Network -> WIFI -> Scan(select your WIFI network) -> Join Network -> WPA passphrase -> Submit -> Save & Apply for connect to WIFI Internet
  • setup your mining worker: Status -> Cgminer Configuration.
  • Stop then Start the cgminer service (Restart not working. it's a known bug): System -> Startup,
  • Check your avalon status: Status -> Cgminer Status
  • Setup password/using ssh
ssh root@192.168.0.100 # Once you setup the password the telnet service will be stop. use ssh instead.

Cgminer option

--avalon-options 115200:24:10:45:282. this is the default avalon option. here is the details:

115200: the serial baud. this have to match the controller baud.
24: the miner count.(there are 3 modulars in avalon. each modular have 8 miners), if your avalon have 4 modulars. change it to 32
10: the chip count pre miner.
45: the controller timeout parameter. the valid number: 50, 47, 45, 40.
282: the chip clock. the valid number: 256, 270, 282, 300.

Run cgminer manually

In case you need to run Cgminer in linux console please run the following command:

  • Stop/start Cgminer:
# /etc/init.d/cgminer stop
# /etc/init.d/cgminer start

If your avalon does not mine properly, please run Cgminer in debug mode with -D --verbose option. For example:

# cgminer -S /dev/ttyUSB0 -o stratum.btcguild.com:3333 -O xxxx:yyyy -D --verbose --avalon-options 115200:24:10:45:282 --api-allow "W:0/0" --api-listen 2>/tmp/cgminer-debug.log

TP-LINK TL-WR703N

There is a modify version of TP-LINK TP-WR703N inside Avalon. cgminer running at 703n, this 703n have 64MB ram and modified power supply. it power from the usb-client side(we moved a 0R resistor from J1 to R113 for that)

Why there is a ugly USB HUB there? because some compatibility problems come out if you connect the 703N to the controller board directly. add a HUB can 99.999% solve this problem.

After review this issue, i think maybe one or two HUB ports damaged during the delivery. just change to another USB port and try please.

  • Latest Avalon images is here.
  • Reflash
 System -> Backup / Flash Firmware -> Flash new firmware image (make sure Keep settings is checked)

Attention: To avoid your WR703N become a brick, during flash your WR703N be careful DO NOT power off avalon, and DO NOT break your network connection. Just wait there till you see OpenWrt login web page again.

Attention: If not essential please do not re-Flash your Avalon. Because not all of WR703N issue could be resolved by reset button. If you want to play WR703N I would like to recommend you order a standalone TP-LINK WR703N from ebay or somewhere for studying purpose.

WIFI or Ethernet Cable ?

Avalon shipped with a 9db antenna after connect it to WR703N usually could establish good wireless connection with your WIFI router. But if for some reason you would like to use Ethernet Cable to connect Avalon with your network, please login OpenWrt and configure the LAN port:

Network -> Interfaces -> LAN -> Edit -> Common Configuration -> General Setup

Attention: You need to configure it correctly based on your own network enviroment. If anything wrong you might could not access your WR703N any more.

Start to mine

To maximize your Avalon miner's performance, it is recommended that you choose pools with the stratum protocol supported. The default mining pool configured in Avalon is ozco.in. To change it login to OpenWrt:

Status -> Cgminer Configuration

Click "Save & Apply" to save your update. To make it take effect immediately you need to restart the cgminer

System -> Startup -> cgminer # click Stop then Start. the Restart not working.

Currently the stratum pools that could work stable with Avalon are: ozco btcguild

To get more information about how to configure specific pools, please check their website. If you run multiple Avalons, we recommend that you create a dedicated worker for each of them. This will make it easier to monitor your Avalons through the pool's website and identify possible problems.

Source code

FPGA controller

About P5 jumper: close this jumper will supply 5V to the USB-B port. in this system, the controller board power the HUB and the HUB power the 703N. but if you connect the controller itself to a PC, you must remove the jumper.

Others

  • There is a pair of gloves in Avalon package. please put it on when assembling or carrying.
  • About the plastic sheets: please remove them BEFORE mining. we design the case as a part of heatsink, so remove the plastic sheets is a must
  • About FAN change: DO NOT change the fans to a low speed model. will cause over heat. DO NOT install extra fans at the rear "fan socket". will cause PSU over heat and nearly useless for module cooling.
  • About install extra heat-sinks on each avalon chip: please do not do that. there is a air gap between the die and package top, install a heatsink on chip is useless. and will cause overheating. because the top PCB copper act as a heatsink too. do not cover them.
  • About water cooling: yes, do it.

Firmware

How to Compile Your Own WR703N Firmware for Avalon

1. First check if you have met the building prerequisites. Checkout this page first OpenWrt Buildroot – Installation

For example, if your OS is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, install the required packages like this:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential
sudo apt-get install build-essential subversion git-core libncurses5-dev zlib1g-dev gawk flex quilt libssl-dev xsltproc libxml-parser-perl

2. Now get the source code.

mkdir avalon
cd avalon
svn co svn://svn.openwrt.org/openwrt/trunk@35097 openwrt
git clone https://github.com/BitSyncom/cgminer-openwrt-packages.git
git clone https://github.com/BitSyncom/luci.git
git clone https://github.com/BitSyncom/cgminer.git cgminer-20130108

3. Prepare the code and build.

cp -R cgminer-openwrt-packages/cgminer openwrt/package
tar -zcvf cgminer-20130108-HEAD.tar.gz cgminer-20130108
python -m SimpleHTTPServer&
cd openwrt
ln -s package/cgminer/root-files files
ln -s package/cgminer/data/feeds.conf
cp package/cgminer/data/config .config
sed -i 's/ck.kolivas.org\/apps\/cgminer\//localhost:8000\//g' openwrt/package/cgminer/Makefile
./scripts/feeds update -a &&  ./scripts/feeds install -a
cp package/cgminer/data/config .config #overwrite again
make -j4
cd ../luci
git checkout cgminer-webui
cp -R applications/luci-cgminer ../openwrt/build_dir/target-mips_r2_uClibc-0.9.33.2/luci-trunk+svn9679/applications/
cd ../openwrt
make -j4

4. Finally you could get the freshly built firmware files under openwrt/bin/ar71xx/

IRC: ##avalon @freenode.net

#avalon @freenode.net Thanks to midnightmagic create that channel

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