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Kithara »USB Toolkit«

Function Library for USB Driver Development

The »USB Toolkit« provides all important function mechanisms for the development of USB device drivers.

By using the comprehensive and simply applicable API, access from the ordinary programming environment to the hardware components is possible as if a real device driver was developed with huge effort.

The »USB Toolkit« is a tool, which provides convenient development of USB drivers for Windows. It is also possible to develop drivers for external USB hardware, without initial training of the complex kernel programming.

Programming languages like C/C++, Delphi or C# are directly supported and the developers can work in their familiar programming environment during the entire development. The »USBToolkit« provides a generic driver, which enables the developers a direct communication to USB devices.

  • Communication with USB devices (via USB 1.1 and USB 2.0) at application or kernel level
  • Supports devices with several interfaces and several configurations
  • Reaction at kernel level to all plug & play and power management events as well as to received data
  • Transmission and reception rountines can be executed directly from a real-time context
  • Arbitrary device names, e.g. for serial interfaces
  • Generic WDM-driver for plug & play installation included
  • Unlimited distribution of the runtime files
  • Code execution on the kernel-level supported by C/C++ and Delphi

For further information see »Driver Collection«.

Notice: An individual combination of the function modules as well as real-time capability is provided by the »RealTime Suite«.

The »USB Toolkit« consists of following modules, which provide only the mentioned real-time capabilities if the module is part of the »RealTime Suite«.

Basic Functions

Base Module

  • Supports the following operating systems: Windows 7/8/10 (32 and 64 bit), Server 2008 R2 as well as Embedded versions
  • Supports PIC and APIC hardware, NUMA multi-processor PCs, Hyper-threading, multi-core etc.
  • Functions for: opening the driver, device handling, version information, debugging support, system information
  • Application threads, events, callbacks, shared memory, data and message pipes, fast mutex objects
  • Further information...

Kernel Module

  • Real-time code implementation at the kernel level
  • Real-time memory management, memory copy function
  • Only in connection with C/C++ or Delphi
  • Generic WDM-driver for plug & play installation included
  • Further information...

Clock Module

  • Monitoring the system time in different time and user-specific formats, resolution up to 0.10 μs
  • Highly accurate short time delays
  • Long-term synchronization of system clocks, synchronization with EtherCAT Distributed Clocks (DC) and IEEE 1588
  • Further information...

Communication

Device Module

  • Includs a Windows programming interface for communication devices (ReadFile, WriteFile, DeviceIoControl)

  • Any device names possible, for example virtual "COM ports"
  • Further information...

USB 2 Module

  • Communication with USB devices to USB 2.0, low-, full, high-speed control, bulk, interrupt and isochronous transfers
  • Response to all Plug&Play- and power management events
  • Further information...

Platforms

Real-time capability can only be achieved on the kernel level.

For this purpose a programming language is required that is able to generate native x86 or x64 machine code, e.g. C/C++ or Delphi. Nevertheless the »RealTime Suite« supports various platforms, for example a .NET environment.

The solution is, to transfer the time-critical code into a DLL, which will be loaded directly into the real-time context at the kernel level. The »RealTime Suite« provides all this functions.

Instantly usable program frameworks for the platforms mentioned above are part of every software delivery.

System Requirements

The products of the »RealTime Suite« support a wide range of hardware and software combinations:

If you have questions regarding the system support, please contact us!

Operating system

The software supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit, 64 bit only by using the dedicated mode)
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 (32 and 64 bit, 64 bit only by using the dedicated mode)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64 Bit, only using by the dedicated mode)
  • Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) + Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)

Hardware

The software runs on the following hardware:

  • CPU: AMD (Athlon) or Intel (Pentium 2), 32 - or 64-bit
  • Single-or multi-core, Hyperthreading, plain version to 8 logical CPU cores (extended version currently up to 32 logical cores, more details on request)
  • ACPI recommended (Advanced Control and Power Interface), APIC recommended (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller) - Some features require ACPI-APIC
  • the PC must be able to support PAE (Page Address Extension)
  • Using Gigabit-Ethernet, controller of Intel and RealTek are generally supported on demand

Compiler

Immediately usable program frameworks for the following programming languages / compilers are included in the supplied software (other programming languages can be supported on request):

  • Visual Studio 20xx C++ with MFC user interface (supplied project files: VS 2005/08/10/12/13/15)
  • C++ Builder (Embarcadero, formerly Borland) VCL user interface
  • Delphi (Embarcadero, formerly Borland) VCL user interface
  • Visual Studio 20xx C# with WPF user interface (incl. C++ DLL for real-time execution, supplied project files: VS 2005/08/10/12/13/15)
  • In order to execute code in a real-time context, generally any compiler that can generate a DLL with native machine code, is usable. Furthermore, the Windows application can also be generated with other programming languages, such as C#.

 


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