Simtec revise USB stackBy 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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