DUTlink board

Information about the DUTlink board, how to use it and how to connect it to your DUT.

The dutlink-board is a test harness designed for Jumpstarter, it’s a board in micro ITX format, which allows mounting of a DUT on top, and enables the usage of standard rack or desktop server cases.

The dutlink-board is an Open Hardware project, you can find the design files in the DUTlink board repository, a first batch was built by SeeedStudio using their fusion PCB service, and you can find the manufacturing files here.

High level overview

A device under test (left side) is connected to the dutlink board, which is connected to a host (right side) via USB-C. The host runs the jumpstarter software, which allows CI to interact with the DUT, controlling the power, connection and management of a storage device (see the pendrive in the next pictures), and communication via serial console.

This is how the hardware looks

Top view of the dutlink board REL-1.0.0 On the left area: you can see connections to the Device Under Test On the right, you can see the connections to the testing host, where the jumpstarter software runs.

Top view of the dutlink board REL-1.0.0 with a visionfive2 board attached via USB-PD power pass-through. See more details in the visionfive2 section.

Warnings: read before you use the board

Barrel power connectors and USB-PD power pass-through

  • CE and FCC certification is still pending (the labels on the board are still incorrect). This is a still a prototype, and it has not been certified yet.

  • Barrel power connectors have a polarity, with the positive pin in the center, and the negative pin on the outside. If you connect the barrel power connector with the wrong polarity, you will damage the board.

  • USB-PD power pass-through and Barrel power should not be used at the same time, as this will damage the board or your power adapters.

Digital signals on the I/O connector are 3.3V only

The I/O connector has digital signals, but they are 3.3V only, this is generally ok if you use 0 or HiZ outputs, but never use a HI/H/1 signal on an output when the target device is only 1.2, 1.8 or 2.5V, as this could damage the device.

Outputs are protected with a 100 ohm resistor which would avoid damage in most cases.

The V IO pin is provided to enable the use of voltage translation circuits if necessary.

Known issues and limitations

USB-C connections

USB-C connections are reversable, but in the 1.0.0 version of the board, the USB-C receptacles have not been wired properly, so in some cases you may need to flip the USB-C cable to get the connection or power working, this applies to all USB-Cs on the board.

i.e.:

  • dutlink-board is not being detected by the host: try flipping the USB-C cable.
  • the device is not powered-up or charging: try flipping the power USB-C cable.

Storage DUT Out connector is fragile

The USB storage connector used to connect to the DUT is fragile, avoid pressing up or down from the cables or connectors once attached to the board, as this could rip the connector from the board. Once the board is tested glue could be carefully applied to the back of the connector.


Connector reference

Connector reference for te dutlink-board

Orin AGX + jumpstarter

Manual for connecting the dutlink board to the Orin AGX devkit.

Orin NX + jumpstarter

Manual for connecting the dutlink board to the Orin NX devkit.

RPi4 + jumpstarter

Manual for connecting the dutlink board to the RPi4.

VisionFive2 RISC-V + jumpstarter

Manual for connecting the dutlink board to the VisionFive2 RISC-V board to jumpstarter.

Last modified January 25, 2024: Rename jumpstarter board to DUTlink (febb291)