SD format Zigbee card ...

Richard Sharpe realrichardsharpe at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 13:24:59 EST 2009


On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 8:52 AM, Richard Sharpe
<realrichardsharpe at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 10:58 PM, Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at sharism.cc> wrote:
>> Richard et al.,
>>
>> some updates:
>> Spectec agreed to reduce the price of the 'sample kit' from 1000 USD to
>>  500 USD. That kit includes two microSD ZigBee cards, plus some 'sample source
>> code'. I agreed to the new price, but when I said I would pick it up today they
>> said it's not yet available :-)
>> They will update me when it's available.
>>
>> Also our contact there (Justin Chen) sent me a SDZ-537 datasheet, which is
>> a very high level 19-page PDF file describing a few Windows DLL APIs.
>> Of course it's marked 'confidential' without any further information regarding
>> releasibility and such. I will not pass it on right now.
>>
>> Justin also said
>>
>> "
>> Good to know X86 souce code is useful for you and I'll have our engineer speed up code release.
>>
>> Meanwhile, I'd suggest you to study what ZigBee applications you want to develop.
>> Please be informed our current ZigBee card has TI Z-Stack but no ZigBee profile included.
>> And the smaple code is just a simple demo program to prove our ZigBee card is able to connect and transmit data to other ZigBee devices.
>>
>> Normally our customers purchase the sample kit as well as firmware burning machine to develop their own application/firmware.
>> The cost of firmware burning device is US$1,200/set ExWorks Taiwan.
>> Or you could send us your firmware and we'll load it onto the card for you if you don't have a plan to purchase it at this stage.
>> "
>>
>> I don't know enough about ZigBee right now, so I'm not sure about 'profiles',
>> and what this 'firmware burning machine' is. I am hoping everything is open
>> and reflashable/reprogrammable in software. That's just me hoping... :-)
>> I am trying to find out more.
>> Stay tuned,
>
> It is nice that the price has been reduced.
>
> When looking at the TI spec on the chip I noticed that one of the
> ports has a propietary two-wire debug/firmware burning interface. This
> sounds like a simple boundary scan/JTAG port ...
>
> It should be possible to burn new firmware via IOCTLs in the driver,
> but we will need the details of the propietary interface.
>
> However, the default firmware should work for us as well, I would have thought.

I have asked the folks at the TI RF4CE mailing list if they can give
me the spec for the debugging interface ...

We will see if they are forthcoming.

-- 
Regards,
Richard Sharpe




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