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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
in Catena 1910

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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