I'm using the LM97600RB board from Texas Instruments to capture data signals and this board contains an ADC as well as a Virtex-5 FPGA. I'm trying to add a trigger functionality to the board using an external trigger. The way the board works is that the the data is acquired by the ADC and then sent to the FPGA where it is received by GTX Transceivers and stored into internal BRAM blocks. From what I understand of how the trigger works, the data keeps being captured continuously by the ADC, but the trigger functionality would only kick in when the data is being stored. Am I right in that assumption? Maybe I need to keep checking the trigger and only when the board is triggered, I allow the data to be stored inside the internal RAM of the FPGA? Or is there an alternate way to do this?
If my thinking is right, when the the board is triggered, and the data starts being captured, I lose a few data samples due to the delay in the trigger registering and then the data being stored. How do I overcome this? Even a few nanoseconds of data is important in this case.
Appreciate any ideas on this.