Simtec comes bearing USB2By Chris Williams. Published: 10th Dec 2003, 15:57:01 | Permalink | Printable
For a USB1.1 card. InspiredSimtec Electronics have today released an updated version of their RISC OS USB stack which is available from their website. Simtec advise their USB users to upgrade to the latest stack, namely version 2.01.
Major changes include the addition of USB2 support, 32bit SharedCLibrary compatibility, updates to the developer kit and a host of fixes and updates.
"This release benefits from a large number of improvements from development from the 'embedded' users of the stack", Simtec engineer Vincent Sanders explained in today's announcement.
"Other improvements include RISC OS specific enhancements to module builds to ensure greater compatibility and improvements in printing support."
Simtec do a lot of embedded design work for customers outside of the RISC OS bubble. Essentially, the release of version 2.01 of the stack comes as a result of Simtec funnelling developments, made while performing embedded work, back to our platform. Despite the new USB2 support, the Simtec USB podule card is only fitted with a USB1.1 controller and the Acorn podule bus is too crippled to run at USB2 speeds.
Of course, this makes the USB stack split even more ludicrous when you consider that a legacy RiscPC can have USB2 support with a USB1.1 controller and an Iyonix has USB1.1 support with a USB2 card. Maybe Microdigital will be the real winners, seeing as they're supposedly using the Simtec USB stack for their Omega which could accomodate a suitable USB2 controller or PCI card.
Simtec USB podule website - cards sold through AdvantageSix.
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