Catena 1660

USB HS Peripheral Firmware Development Platform

The MCCI Catena 1660 gives peripheral firmware developers everything needed to prototype USB High Speed peripheral firmware in Microsoft Visual C, while working on a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 system.

The Catena 1660 combines a 16-bit PC Card interface with an ST-Ericsson ISP1583 High-Speed USB Peripheral Controller chip and a low-level driver for Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. This controller is Memory mapped through the Windows PCMCIA peripheral controller. The Catena 1660 allows developers to write register-level code that accesses the ISP1583 just as it would in a target system. Code can then be recompiled and used unchanged on a target embedded system.

Catena 1660
The Catena is ideal for use in early prototyping and proof of concept, development of device class drivers for evaluating high-speed device system architectural concepts before product hardware is available.

Software can be developed in a number of “operating system” environments:
  • MCCI USB DataPump® portable firmware environment and "os/w32" - this binding for the DataPump simulates in the Windows environment. Developed code can be recompiled and directly ported to development platforms such as MCCI's Arm-based Wombat™ 1510 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.
  • Custom environments -- readily supported through the DataPump OS abstraction layer.
Code developed with the MCCI Catena runs as a Windows application, and is debugged using standard debugging tools, including the Visual Studio environment.

Catena 1660

In addition to supporting High-Speed USB peripheral development, the Catena can be used for developing embedded USB device firmware, plus device functionality for system expansion. Code developed with the MCCI USB DataPump can readily use the ISP1583 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.

The Catena 1660 is packaged in the same manner as all the MCCI Catena PC Cards. Related MCCI products include:
  • MCCI Catena 1610 USB Device Firmware Development Platform (with Agere USS820)
  • MCCI Catena 1630 USB On-The-Go Firmware Development Platform (with Epson S1R72005 silicon)
  • MCCI Catena 1640 USB Low-Speed Device Firmware Development Platform (with Microchip PIC18F4550 silicon)
  • MCCI Catena 1650 USB High-Speed On-The-Go Firmware Development Platform (with ST-Ericsson ISP1761 silicon)
  • MCCI Wombat 1510 Arm-based USB Prototyping System
  • MCCI USB DataPump portable USB 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
    • for device firmware update (DFU)
The MCCI Catena 1660 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.


Table 1. MCCI Catena 1660
USB Silicon ST-Ericsson ISP1583 High-Speed USB Microcontroller
Device Endpoints Seven IN endpoints, seven OUT endpoints and one fixed control IN and OUT endpoint
Maximum Packet Sizes The maximum packet size for a bulk transfer is 512 B. The maximum packet size for the isochronous transfer is variable at any whole number.
Throughput Up to 12 Mbps.
Interrupts All interrupts multiplexed onto a single IRQ. All interrupt handling is performed by the Windows 32 application, with minimal kernel overhead.
Register Alignment ISP1583 registers are aligned on 2-byte boundaries in Memory space.
Operating Modes High-Speed Device and Full-Speed Device
Miscellaneous Each Catena 1660 is assigned four Ethernet MAC addresses, using the MCCI OUI. Addresses are accessed by in the PCMCIA Card Information Structure (CIS).

Table 2. Kit Contents
MCCI Catena 1660 See Table 1, above
Optional PCI to CardBus adapter Single slot, rear access card allows the Catena to be used in desktop systems
USB cable 2m Device cable
Windows Drivers Low-level I/O port and interrupt access drivers, allowing byte, word or dword access to registers of the 1660 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 (when Catena is operating as a device) 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 made available via the MCCI secure site:
  • MCCI Generic Class Driver for Windows
  • MCCI VSP (virtual serial port) Class Driver for Windows
Warranty 90 days

Table 3. Development System Requirements
Development System Operating System Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. With desktop PCI-to-CardBus adapters, specific service packs are required
CPU speed (minimum) 1 GHz recommended
Memory (minimum) 256 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)
C Compiler Visual C++ 6.0 or .NET are supported by MCCI

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