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Simtec revise USB stack

By Chris Williams. Published: 9th May 2003, 21:23:44 | Permalink | Printable

Crowns this week's USB driver dash [Updated 17:39 15/5/2003]

Earlier today Simtec Electronics published on their website an improved edition of their USB stack. Version 1.41 fixes issues with some USB hubs, improves handling of USB joysticks and provides a "locate driver" button when the USB system presumably automatically pops open a window seeking a driver for a new USB device.

No one told us this week was National USB Week. Third party developers have been happily drowning us in announcements of new drivers for the Simtec interface, the latest list of available drivers is here.

Pen to paper
Incidentally, Stuart Tyrrell Developments has added to the list today (again) by announcing that a selection of file storing "pen drives" are available for the Simtec interface. This is a follow on from their earlier mass storage breakthrough. Storing from 64MB to 256MB (depending on the model), these little solid state memory devices use USB to transfer files to and from them. They require no batteries and, of course, work with PCs and Macs.

As you may know, driver software for Simtec's USB podule is incompatible with Castle Technology's USB interface which initially raised concerns over the damage the RISC OS market is likely to sustain following a driver split between the two USB interfaces presently available. However now that Simtec have a tidy stack of drivers (from themselves and third parties) that control devices ranging from digital cameras to printers and to mass storage under their belt, we believe the decision for users trying to select a suitable interface has been simplified enormously. If you know what we mean.

Gavin at Simtec also joked to drobe.co.uk earlier in the week that we were entering MyLinux territory with our Iyonix Linux story, suggesting that we may well be interested in their completely non-RISC OS ARM powered motherboard. Cheeky.


Following the Wakefield show on the 10th, version 1.42 of the USB stack has been released and Simtec USB users are advised to upgrade. We recommend USB users keep a sharp on Simtec's website for future USB updates.


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I really must get one of these devices tomorrow at the Wakefeild show. I especially like the "butt plugs" as named by TIB. ;o)

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 9/5/03 10:15PM
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What's a "come USB hub"? ;) -- Andrew Harmsworth, Cambridge. www.gcse.com owner and author

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 9/5/03 10:48PM
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It's got something to do with a mispelt "some".

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/5/03 10:52PM
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Filth -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 9/5/03 11:25PM
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-- Dave Higton, Southampton

 is a RISC OS Userdavehigton on 10/5/03 3:01PM
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Isochronous support? -- Dave Higton, Southampton

 is a RISC OS Userdavehigton on 10/5/03 3:01PM
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Hub now works properly. :) Joypad still doesn't talk to risc os :(

-- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 11/5/03 9:49PM
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when you say "doesnt talk to risc os" have you used *usbjs_devs to see if the joystick is listed? it may just be risc os apps havnt picked up on the device?

 is a RISC OS Userkyllikki on 12/5/03 7:04PM
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It is listed but I've tried doom and a couple of other games to no avail. -- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 13/5/03 3:25PM
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ok 1.42 up fixed teh joystick issue, why dont people actualy report bugs?

 is a RISC OS Userkyllikki on 14/5/03 1:05AM
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I was under the impression that joystick support won't be as generic as say mouse support, and that rather than a bug, it was just not implemented yet. -- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 14/5/03 1:33PM
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Generic joystick support has been included for a while but STD insisted that joysticks began at 1 not 0 ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userkyllikki on 14/5/03 2:16PM
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Updated and now works fine - just need to sort out a screen mode for doom that doesn't look too blurry on my LCD -- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 17/5/03 9:10PM
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