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Parallel Bus to IEEE 1394a Streaming solution,
using the UC1394a-1 Multi Chip Module. Individual customer software development supported.

directly connects a 16 bit parallel streaming bus to IEEE 1394 (FireWire®)
allows individual programming of DSP and FPGA
allows individual usage of onboard interfaces like asynchronous IEEE 1394, RS232, McBSPs, I2C, USB 1.1, ADCs, digital I/O pins, etc
allows parallel bus isochronous data streaming transfer rates up to 32 Mbyte/s without any processor overhead
fully IEEE 1394a and IEEE 1394b compliant
includes low level IEEE 1394 API software driver, as well as high level IEEE 1394 VCP (Virtual Connection Protocol) software driver
optimized PC-side IEEE 1394 VCP DLL and PC demo software included 


The Streaming Development Kit
This development kit is the perfect entry platform for applications that need fast IEEE 1394 isochronous data streaming over a parallel bus hardware interface, combined with the ability to individually program the onboard DSP and FPGA (optional FPGA VHDL development package required). In cases where the ready-to-use "Parallel Bus to 1394 Bridging Kit" does not provide the required flexibility, this "Streaming Development Kit" provides the ability to build individual software and FPGA solutions which are capable to solve the specific application needs. 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.

IEEE 1394a-1 BSP included
The kit contains the "UC1394a-1 Generic Streaming Development BSP". This Board Support Package is necessary to run the IEEE 1394 network as a "black box", just being accessed by a software driver for asynchronous communications, and a 16 bit parallel bus hardware streaming interface for isochronous communications. The BSP furthermore provides an RS232 interface and many software programmable digital I/O pins. If individual hardware interfaces for the own application are required then an optional FPGA VHDL 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 VCP software driver also included

The kit also includes a PC-side IEEE 1394 VCP (Virtual Connection Protocol) software driver that is optimized for operation with UC1394a-x multi chip modules. Together with a demo application it allows to upstream or downstream data from/to UC1394a-x devices. On PC-side the data can, for example, be provided by a data file or can be written to a data file. Additionally, there are standardized Auxiliary Virtual Connections supported which allow RS232 tunneling, pin I/O tunneling etc over IEEE 1394. If individual application software on the PC side is required, then the optimized IEEE 1394 VCP software driver DLL can directly be interfaced by the PC application programmer. This allows fast, reliable individual system solutions with a minimum of development effort. Source code examples for PC programmers are included in the kit.
The included PC-side IEEE 1394 VCP software driver DLL is a limited version. It supports all operational features, but is runtime limited to 2 hours. The unlimited version can be ordered from Orsys after the first experiences have been leading to success. All PC-side software is capable to run on any standard PC with standard IEEE 1394a OHCI chipsets (e.g. TI, VIA etc.) under Microsoft Windows® 2000, XP or newer. 

A part of the micro-lineŽ family
The carrier board used in the kit is part of the micro-lineŽ product family. Therefore it is optionally possible to connect the kit with an extra master DSP board (e.g.C6000 DSP family). That combination easily allows to perform IEEE 1394 connectivity from a master application processor without the need to implement complicated and runtime sensitive IEEE 1394 software drivers on the master application processor itself.


Technical Data

The Streaming Development
Kit includes:

Core device in Multi Chip Module (MCM) technology

Carrier board, contains the soldered UC1394a-1 MCM

Onboard FPGA for optional flexible I/O signal routing or high speed test data generation

micro-lineŽ peripheral form factor

5V power supply for the digital system

Mechanical system platform
Accessories UC1394a-1 Generic Streaming Development BSP

PC-side IEEE 1394 VCP driver DLL, as well as demo application examples for asynchronous and isochronous communication included (2 h runtime limited version)

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


Plug-in DSP board as master processor

micro-line® C6211CPU

micro-line® C6711CPU

TMS320C6211 150 MHz with 1200 MIPS
TMS320C6711 150 MHz with 900 MFLOPS
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Technical data sheet:

Hardware Reference Guide
Streaming Development Kit (using UC1394a-1)

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