1394 and AS5643 Bus Analyzer - FireMatrix


FireMatrix is an example of an integrated 1394 analysis and test platform. In its simplest case it can function as an out-of-the-box 1394 Bus analyzer solution without the need for external PCs, laptops etc. However, it can also be utilized as a platform to build large and integrated test systems that are relying on FireSpy features and functionality. Higher-level applications can easily interface to the analyzer's API and thus enable a variety of test applications.

Besides its well-proven standalone and card-based FireSpy bus analyzer solutions, DapTechnology can offer such out-of-the-box FireMatrix solutions. The FireMatrix in general is comprised of a portable PC platform hosting a flexible number of 1394 analyzer cards. Limited only by the number of available PCI slots, the FireMatrix is a truly scalable system with regards to the number of 1394 bus analyzer engines. As an added feature the FireMatrix also offers support for IRIG-B time stamping.

Alternatively, FireMatrix can also be built combining DapTechnology’s own ruggedized and MIL-grade enclosure hosting Gen4-FireSpy(s) together with a ruggedized laptop.

The following FireSpy cards can be used within the FireMatrix platform:

  • FS850, FS450b, FS450bT, FS3850, FS3470bT (Single and Triples from Gen2 FireSpys
  • Gen4 FireSpys (only in combination with ruggedized enclosure)

Key features

  • Includes Computing Platform, selectable from approved platforms
  • Supports one to nine IEEE-1394 Analyzer Engines, depending on platform
  • PC specs depend on platform used
  • Variant: Ruggedized enclosure from DapTechnology with ruggedized laptop supporting 9 Analyzer Engines

FireMatrix specifications

Please contact DapTechnology directly for details on this product. Due to the large variety of possible solutions it is rather difficult to present all different combinations.

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Different platforms that have been qualified and successfully built.


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FireDiagnostics Suite

The FireDiagnostics Suite is the most comprehensive collection of 1394 analysis, simulation and interface tools for a wide range of applications. Apart from well established and hardware assisted analyzer tools like Monitor, Recorder, Generator, Commander, Scriptor and Mil1394 Signal Monitor, the suite also offers a set of software tools designed to allow the integration of the FireSpy products in a wide variety of testing applications, as well as extend customization of its functionality beyond the baseline feature set provided by DapTechnology.

FireSuite API

The foundation for all software tools included in the FireDiagnostics Suite is formed by the Application Programming Interface (API). With its interfaces for a wide range of development environments using C/C++ or LabVIEWTM on WindowsTM Operating Systems, the application of FireSpy analyzers is extremely flexible. With its feature-rich function library, all hardware assisted analyzer tools like the Monitor and Recorder can be controlled as well as more low-level 1394 bus functions.

Protocol Support

A cornerstone of FireDiagnostics Suite functionality is the unparalleled level of support for high-level protocols. With IEEE-1394 being the basic data exchange mechanism application specific protocols for the PC & storage environment (IPv4, SBP2), consumer electronics (AV/C, HAVi), Automotive Infotainment (AMI-C), Industrial Imaging (IIDC) have been successfully deployed. In recent years AS5643 has been adopted for use within Aerospace and Defense and largely fueled the continuous growth of IEEE-1394.