Communication between IDE and board ?

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Communication between IDE and board ?

Postby HansWerner » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:30 pm

If have just registered and have a few questions.
Before I buy I board I would like to know something about the communication.
How can I communicate from the IDE on the PC with the board ?
Is there text output or a graphical output from the board to the IDE on the PC ?
Can I connect a monitor or a keyboard to the board ?
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Postby Berni » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:34 pm

Well there are commands that let you debug print in to a console or you can use the XTAGs built in UART interface. As far as i know only the expensive XDK kit has a connector for a PS/2 keyboard

What board you got?
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Postby HansWerner » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:01 pm

Till now, I have no board.
I was surfing for the Arduino, found the Netduino (.NET Micro Framwork, Programmable in C# using Microsoft Visual Express), the chipKIT form Microchip and at last the XCom or XCore.
I looking for a flexible, easy to program but powerful solution for some small projects.
The IDE should be free or available at a small budget.
At the moment I'm wondering what are the differences in programming the XCore boards in C or XC.
You already answered to my second post concerning programming.
So I can use floating point programming in C not in XC.
Well I suppose you can mix C and XC programming.
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Postby Skeksis » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:01 pm

Is it IDE in particular you want to use for communicating with the board? The XC-1A I use has a USB connection which is used for programming the board & can be used for communication with running programs I believe. If you want IDE specifically I _think_ you should be able to hook a board up provided you look up all the pin-outs & program accordingly.

There is a group on xcore.com who are interested in video output on Xmos boards, a link to the group is below.

groups/xmos-video-interest-group-xvig


Hope this helps.
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Postby HansWerner » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:11 pm

The XC-1A I use has a USB connection which is used for programming the board & can be used for communication with running programs I believe.

So there is no VGA interface or keyboard interface ?
Well the question is: Can I use a XCore board as a standalone solution without a PC ?
Simple Example: Parse and reformat a NMEA string from a GPS device.
Connect a LCD and maybe a card writer for that.
I want to program the board not to chance the hardware.
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Postby Skeksis » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:23 pm

No, no VGA or keyboard interface. Not unless you add them on.

I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do what you're asking, there are a few projects which already use LCD screens on the Xmos this is one example, string parsing you'd have to work out & Berni is using SD storage for his audio player.

You'll just need to program it to do what you need.


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HansWerner wrote: Well the question is: Can I use a XCore board as a standalone solution without a PC ?
You should be able to use it exactly like you would an Arduino, provide power & have it programmed already & it should stand up by itself.
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