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STD commit to Simtec USB

By Chris Williams. Published: 9th Apr 2003, 18:30:56 | Permalink | Printable

Promised drivers, price reductions

Stuart Tyrrell Developments have this afternoon announced price reductions on their USB kit, bringing the product range in line with their recent 89 quid theme. We're not usually interested in price lists but we gather STD are committing themselves to the Simtec USB solution, adding that they've been in "heated negotiation with Simtec" in order to sell their USB card at a lower price plus netted a number of licensing deals with some unnamed third parties.

"Stuart Tyrrell Developments are committed to commissioning drivers for an increasing range of USB devices", STD state in their emailed press release. "We have a wide range of devices due for release over forthcoming weeks."

USB drivers already exist for keyboards, mice, the Epson 1660 Photo Scanner, wireless network devices and a pen drive with built in MP3 playback. We assume STD's revised prices are aimed at firefighting concerns among the user community that the current RISC OS USB kit is perhaps overpriced. Couple these price reductions with STD's recent USB related noise making and promises to push more and more supported devices our way, it would be nice to comfortably consider that USB is finally rolling into RISC OS town.


Revised STD price list - worth a look at, obviously Central RISC OS USB site

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 is a RISC OS Usernex on 9/4/03 7:56PM
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This is great news!

Another good reason to visit the Wakefield show :-) -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 9/4/03 9:05PM
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So carriage is now 1.70 more expensive it seems. Hmm.

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 9/4/03 9:27PM
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(well actually yes - I can't get the cheap packing boxes any more and I was making a loss anyway)

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 9/4/03 9:43PM
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It's a shame that Iyonix users won't be able to make use of these drivers out of the box.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 9/4/03 11:33PM
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Microdigital have chosen the Simtec USB API (which I understand requires a rewrite of the hardware interface). Since they are going to use this API, these USB devices *should* work on the OMEGA too. -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 10/4/03 12:37AM
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Wonderfull...I take it that the USB hardware within a Mico which only needed drivers is now a lump of scrap. This is progress?

 is a RISC OS Userjlavallin on 10/4/03 2:10AM
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The hardware itself is (probably) fine... but it does need some software to implement the USB API on top of it. Without this software the interface is of no use.

The best course of action would be to ask Microdigital if they are going to do this. It may be uneconomic, but then again if enough people want it....

Be aware that this is not a trival task as the USB hardware in the Mico may be different to that in the Omega. -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 10/4/03 3:47AM
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It burns my eyes! -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 10/4/03 9:44AM
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it burns!

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 10/4/03 9:46AM
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Are there any good docs on how to write USB drivers? I'd be very interested in writing some free drivers (help the OS scene, and all that) if I knew where to start.

 is a RISC OS Userzeeb on 10/4/03 9:53AM
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And now I've just seen the link at the top of the page, and feel rather silly ...

 is a RISC OS Userzeeb on 10/4/03 9:53AM
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I wonder how easy/difficult it would be for Castle to change to the Simtec API? More chance of seeing a pig cruising at high altitude, but it's a nice thought though. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 10/4/03 12:32PM
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does that intel developement board that sits inside the iyonix use the same philips chip that simtec use?

better would be for simtec to check their driver 32bit OK & flog the podule for iyonix use.

unlikely to happen but...

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis@work on 11/4/03 9:34AM
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I doubt that the Intel board would have the same device, as Intel have been making USB hardware for a long time, and it would make sense to embed it into the chipset.

While Simtec could make their stuff 32-bit, all the drivers, libraries and so forth would also have to be made 32-bit compliant. In most cases, this would be a simple recompile, but some would require a little extra work.

My USB drivers are a mix of C and assembler (although the assembler parts are minimal, which would make them easy to 32-bitise).

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 11/4/03 11:20AM
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