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Ready-to-use Parallel Bus to IEEE 1394a Bridge using the UC1394a-1 Multi Chip Module. No additional software development required.  

directly connects an 8/16 bit parallel streaming bus to IEEE 1394 (FireWire®)
additionally connects an 8/16 bit parallel hostport to IEEE 1394 (FireWire®)
supports further auxiliary connections like RS232 and digital I/O pins to IEEE 1394
enables to run an embedded IEEE 1394a data streaming solution in just one day
allows to set-up all network parameters by a PC configuration program over RS232
allows parallel bus streaming data transfer rates up to 32 Mbyte/s
built-in diagnostic- and error detection- unit guarantees 1394 network reliability
fully IEEE 1394a and IEEE 1394b compliant
optimized PC-side IEEE 1394a API DLL and PC demo software included 


The Parallel Bus to 1394 Bridging Kit
This kit is the perfect entry platform for applications that need to transmit time critical data on parallel bus hardware level within embedded point-to-point connections, within distributed networks, or between embedded systems and PCs. The main advantage is that the user does not need to care about IEEE 1394 details since there is no user software development necessary. The UC1394a-1 can be considered like a simple device, just transmitting or receiving any data between an IEEE 1394 network and its transmit- or receive- FIFOs. Setting up and storing the required network system parameters (e.g. "virtual connections") is managed either by a set of simple configuration jumpers or by a separate PC-based configuration tool over an RS232 interface. Up to 63 IEEE 1394a or IEEE 1394b nodes can be managed within the same network.
The ease of use of this kit makes it very comfortable for IEEE 1394 beginners, as well as for all who don´t want to care about networking details, but who want to focus on their total system solution as a priority.  

Ready-to-use IEEE 1394a-1 BSP included
The kit contains the "UC1394a-1 Generic Streaming Plug & Play BSP". This Board Support Package is necessary to run the IEEE 1394 network as a "black box". The combination of this BSP and the UC1394a-1 module is all that is needed to run the Parallel Bus to 1394 Bridging solution.

PC-side IEEE 1394 API software driver also included

The kit also includes a PC-side IEEE 1394 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 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 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 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 later. 

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 Parallel Bus
to 1394 Bridging
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 Plug & Play BSP

Configuration utility software for the UC1394a-1 MCM, running on a PC

PC-side IEEE 1394 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

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


To view documentation:
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UC1394a-1 Bridging Kit User Guide (Rev. 1.1)
PDF 2.3 MByte

UC1394a-1 Bridge User Guide (MCM standalone)
(Rev. 1.1)
PDF 2.5 MByte

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