Catena 1910

Notes and discussions related to the MCCI Catena 1910 / 1911 family of HSIC USB and MIPI HSI analyzers and exercisers.

Catena 1910 Software Update V1.34

Posted by Terry Moore
Terry Moore
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on Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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MCCI has a new software update, V1.34, for the Catena 1910 HSIC USB Verification and Protocol Analyzer System. Updates included in this release are:

  • HSIC Aux support.
  • Improved bus-keeper compatibility.*
  • Improvements to FPGA update functionality.
  • Improvements to Soft-PHY timing.
  • GUI-based FPGA download and capture control.

The bus-keeper compatibility change makes the 1910 compatible with the latest HSIC ECRs. Depending on when the Catena 1910 was delivered, it may require probe hardware modification for full bus-keeper support. Please contact us to find out whether you need your probe updated.

Software updates are available for all Catena 1910 systems that are currently under maintenance. To find out whether you qualify, please contact MCCI via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please include your unit's serial number.

Information about earlier software releases is available below.


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Architecting the software for the Catena 1911

Posted by Terry Moore
Terry Moore
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on Thursday, 18 April 2013
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Series Introduction

This post inaugurates[1] a new series describing how MCCI is approaching converting our Catena 1910 HSIC USB and MIPI.HSI analyzer/generator platform from PCIe to USB 3.0.  I figure it may be interesting (at least to MCCI people) to track, step by step, our thought processes.

The Catena 1911 is the combination of a fairly large FPGA and a compute platform.   Here's the gory detail from the schematic:

The 1910 uses PCIe to connect to a Windows system (through ExpressCard slots, usually). (You can see the product brief here.) The 1911 is a new version of the 1910 that uses PCIe or USB 3.0 -- more on that decision below.)

The remainder of this article is an overview of the system architecture for the 1910 and 1911 to give the interested reader an idea of the size of the problem space.  (The next article will go into the details of the software architecture.)

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