Catena 1610


USB Firmware Development Platform



The MCCI Catena® 1610 gives device firmware developers everything needed to prototype USB device firmware in Visual C, while working on a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 system.

Picture of Catena 1610 board
Picture of 1610 card with dongle

Combining a 16-bit PC Card interface with an LSI USS820 USB device interface and a low-level driver for Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, the 1610 allows developers to write register-level code that accesses the USS820 just as it would in a target system. This code can be developed in a number of environments:
  • MCCI USB DataPump® native environment and “os/none” – this binding for the DataPump simulates a direct “on-the-iron” environment with no operating system. Code can be recompiled and directly ported to development platforms such as the MCCI Wombat™ 1510 Arm-based USB platform.
  • MCCI USB DataPump environment combined with Enea’s OSE Windows-based simulator. Code developed in this environment can directly port to OSE-based targets.
  • Code developed in the Nucleus environment can be ported directly to Nucleus-based targets.
  • Custom environments can readily be supported.
Code developed with the MCCI Catena 1610 can readily be debugged using all the tools normally available on Windows, including the Visual Studio environment.

Code developed with the MCCI USB DataPump can readily use the USS820 to simulate silicon that is under development or not yet available. The silicon independent DataPump architecture allows the underlying silicon to be replaced with no effect on the higher level firmware developed earlier in a project.

Related MCCI® products include:
  • MCCI Catena 1620 USB On-The-Go PC-Card Development Platform
  • MCCI Wombat 1510 Arm-based USB Prototyping System
  • MCCI USB DataPump portable firmware environment
  • MCCI USB Class Drivers, for Windows and MacOS:
    • for CDMA, GPRS and WCDMA cell phones
    • for Ethernet devices
    • for cable modems
    • for analog modems
    • for serial port migration
    • for ADSL modems

The MCCI Catena 1610 product package optionally includes a PCI to PC Card adapter to allow the Catena to be used with desktop PCs as well as with notebook PCs.

Specifications: Table 1. Kit Contents
MCCI Catena 1610 See Table 2, below
2 meter USB cable Captive (detachable) PCMCIA edge-connector to USB A plug
Optional PCI to CardBus adapter Single slot, rear access card allows the Catena to be used in desktop systems
Windows Drivers Low-level I/O port and interrupt access drivers, allowing byte, word or dword access to registers of the 1610 and to the PCMCIA attribute space
Additional Software The basic kit includes an evaluation version of the MCCI USB DataPump, with a precompiled MCCI VSP application.
Supported Embedded Operating Systems OSE, os/none, Nucleus
Supported USB Host Operating Systems Windows XP through Windows 7, MacOS 9; Mac OS X 10.1.3 and later
MCCI Class Drivers for USB Host System Evaluation copies of the following MCCI Class Drivers are shipped with the MCCI Catena 1610:
  • MCCI Generic Class Driver for Windows

  • MCCI VSP (virtual serial port) Class Driver for Windows
Warranty 90 days


Table 2 MCCI Catena 1610
USB Silicon LSI USS820 device adapter.
Endpoints fourteen: default pipe, plus seven each IN and OUT endpoints, configurable for bulk, isochronous or interrupt operation
Maximum Packet Sizes Bulk: 8, 16, 32, 64 bytes; Interrupt: 1..64 bytes; Isoch: 1..1023 bytes; Control: 8, 16, 32, 64 bytes. Total configured max packet sizes must be less than 1152 bytes.
Throughput Up to 8 Mbps.
Interrupts One interrupt; all interrupt handling is performed by the Windows 32 application, with minimal kernel overhead.
Register Alignment USS820 registers are aligned on 4-byte boundaries in I/O space, and replicated. This allows use of DWORD I/O for loading and unloading the endpoint FIFOs, if desired.
Miscellaneous Each Catena is assigned two Ethernet MAC addresses, using the MCCI OUI. Addresses are accessed by reading the CIS.


Table 3. Development System Requirements
Development System Operating System Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
CPU speed 300 MHz recommended
Memory 64 MB
PCMCIA controller CardBus slot with support for 16-bit PC Cards; or one free PCI slot with rear-panel access (for PCI to CardBus converter)
Interrupt Requirements At least one ISA-type interrupt must be available; interrupts 7 and 15 are not supported.
C Compiler Visual C++ 6.0 or .NET are supported by MCCI
Simulated Operating Systems OSE, os/none, Nucleus


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