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Ultra small DSP platform with IEEE 1394 connectivity, based on the UC1394a-1 Multi Chip Module. Individual customer software development supported.  

allows individual software programming of DSP and FPGA
directly connects the DSP databus, addressbus and bus control lines to external pins and allows glueless external I/O component expansion
enables individual usage of onboard interfaces like asynchronous and isochronous IEEE 1394, RS232, McBSPs, I2C, USB 1.1, ADCs, digital I/O pins, etc
allows isochronous and asynchronous IEEE 1394 data transmission by application software
fully IEEE 1394a compliant, fully interoperable with IEEE 1394b
includes IEEE 1394 API software library


The DSP Development Kit
This development kit is the perfect entry platform for applications that need the ability to individually program the onboard DSP and FPGA (optional FPGA development package required), combined with application software controlled IEEE 1394 connectivity. The main difference between other IEEE 1394 streaming solutions and this one is, that in this case isochronous IEEE 1394 data streaming is performed between onboard RAM and isochronous IEEE 1394, while at other solutions isochronous IEEE 1394 streaming is performed by an extra external hardware streaming interface. Directly interfacing onboard RAM to IEEE 1394 allows close software control over transmitted or received isochronous data packages whereas onboard bus load needs to be considered more carefully. Instead of the external hardware streaming interface, this solution provides the parallel DSP EMIF bus to external I/O pins, including databus, addressbus, decoded chip select lines, read and write strobe lines, interrupt lines etc. This allows easy, glueless external I/O component expansion to the Multi Chip Module. The comfortable use of this kit makes it suitable for system engineers who want to focus on their total system solution as a priority and who want to get an IEEE 1394 solution being realized with a minimum of time and effort.

DSP Master BSP Included
The kit contains the "UC1394a-1 DSP Master BSP". This Board Support Package is necessary to connect the DSP EMIF bus to external I/O pins and to run the IEEE 1394 network as a "black box", just being accessed by a software driver. The BSP furthermore provides an RS232 interface and a number of software programmable digital I/O pins. If individual hardware interfaces for the own application are required then an optional FPGA development package is available which allows developers to design and implement their own hardware connectivity. As an additional customer service, Orsys provides development services for customer specific FPGA designs and software applications.

PC-side IEEE 1394 API software driver also
In order to be able to connect the UC1394a-1 to a PC via IEEE 1394, it is necessary to have a certain software driver installed on the PC. This allows to individually program the PC IEEE 1394 Interface in user mode and to transmit or receive isochronous and asynchronous data packets easily under application software control. As an example, the FireAPI Software Development Kit from Unibrain can be recommended, which is available from Orsys. Unibrain PC software drivers are capable to run on any PC, equipped with IEEE 1394a or IEEE 1394b hardware, under Microsoft Windows® NT, 2000, XP or newer. 

A part of the micro-lineŽ family
The carrier board used in the kit is compatible with the micro-lineŽ product family. Therefore it is optionally possible to connect the kit with an additional micro-lineŽ peripheral I/O board, like an A to D or D to A converter board. That combination quickly allows to expand the system to an off-the-shelf solution.


Technical Data

The DSP Development
Kit includes:

Core device in Multi Chip Module (MCM) technology

Carrier board, contains the soldered UC1394a-1 MCM

Onboard FPGA for optional individual I/O signal pin routing

micro-lineŽ peripheral form factor

5V power supply for the digital system

Mechanical system platform
Accessories UC1394a-1 DSP Master Board Support Package

Documentation for all system components

IEEE 1394 cable, 4.5m 6-pin to 6-pin

RS 232 cable

JTAG adapter for direct Texas Instruments TMS320C5000 and Xilinx Spartan 2 development tools connectivity

External 230 V plug-in power supply adapter
(replaceable by 110 V adapter)


Software development tools

Code Composer Studio
USB JTAG emulator
Parallel port JTAG emulator

Optional FPGA development

FPGA development package

Optional PC-side
IEEE 1394 software development

FireAPI SDK from Unibrain

To view documentation:
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UC1394a-1 DSP Development Kit User Guide (Revision 1.0)
PDF 1.1MByte

UC1394a-1 DSP Master BSP User Guide (Revision 2.1)
PDF 1.8MByte

IEEE1394 API User Guide

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