The FireTrac AS5643 interface card is a powerful host I/O card and is designed to complement DapTechnology’s successful FireSpy and FireAdapter product lines. The AS5643 interface card clearly is the next generation AS5643 data processing, simulation and testing solution.
DapTechnology has seen an increasing demand for more streamlined hardware systems - specifically advanced AS5643 interface card - 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.
What makes FireTrac an "advanced" AS5643 interface card? FireTrac provides a winning solution for a critical market need. It is designed to natively (not just as an add-on protocol) support AS5643. Besides the standard IEEE1394 features, FireTrac has been architected to provide hardware level support for SAE AS5643 which reduces host processor burden, specifically for packet encapsulation, data extraction, receive/transmit STOF offsets, etc. As a key example, the FireTrac AS5643 interface card handles AS5643 transmission timing entirely in hardware therefore making it a lot more accurate. It is important to understand that FireTrac is a dedicated and optimized solution for the processing of AS5643 type traffic. Support for this protocol is embedded in the hardware and not just in a software layer (as typically provided with other solutions that rely on COTS OHCI chipsets).
In order to get the best out of the unique feature set of the FireTrac AS5643 interface card the interface platform is supported by FireStack, i.e. DapTechnology's home grown software stack. FireStack optimally supports the hardware and firmware layers embedded into FireTrac. As FireTrac’s host interface uses FireLink Extended (and not a standard OHCI Link Layer chip) functionality that has been tailored and optimized for the support of the AS5643 standard brings the combination of FireTrac and FireStack to an entirely new level.
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