Founded in 1998 in Nijmegen, Netherlands, DapTechnology B.V. is a company specializing in products, systems and solutions based on the IEEE 1394 Standard. Ever since, the company has been working closely with the IEEE 1394 standards development organizations, strategic industry partners and key customers to develop world-class products using IEEE 1394. The DapTechnology FireSpy IEEE 1394a and IEEE 1394b Protocol Analyzer products have gained worldwide acceptance and is currently being used in various aerospace & defense, industrial, consumer electronics and automotive product development efforts. DapTechnology’s exponential business growth in recent years (a respectable 2500% from 2000 through 2005) is a testament of the company’s commitment to meticulous engineering desciplines, exceptional quality and customer satisfaction.
When developing products based on complex bus systems, use of the correct development tools is the crucial factor in achieving quality and reducing time to market. FireSpy analyzers are such tools and their abilities go way beyond those of a pure IEEE1394 bus analyzer. This paper explains the requirements for a state‐of‐the‐art IEEE1394 development tool and the great advantages such a tool can offer to a developer.
The synthesizable IEEE1394b Link Layer Controller Core is based on the Link Layer Controller that has been used for several years in the FireWire analyzers produced by DapTechnology. The code is written in VHDL and reference designs are currently available for Xilinx and soon for Altera FPGAs.
FireTracTM is a new product to complement DapTechnology’s successful FireSpy® and
Mil1394OHCI host adapter product lines. It clearly is the next
generation Mil1394 (SAE AS5643) data processing, simulation and testing
DapTechnology has seen an increasing demand for more streamlined
hardware systems for the processing of AS5643 (and generic 1394) data
streams. Customers get more and more involved in monitoring the actual
data content rather than the 1394 layer. And for simulation purposes
they require advanced error insertion capabilities that can only be
accomplished with non-off-the-shelf Link Layer implementations. IRIG
time-stamping of monitored events on the bus is a typical requirement.