Appendix 1. The Arcom VIPER-Lite Development Kit

All of the examples in this book have been written for and tested on an embedded platform called the VIPER-Lite. This board is a high-speed embedded controller that is designed, manufactured, and sold by Arcom. The following paragraphs contain information about the hardware, software development tools, and instructions for ordering a board for yourself.

The VIPER-Lite hardware includes the following:

Processor: PXA255 XScale (based on the ARM v.5TE architecture) (200 MHz)

RAM: 64 MB of SDRAM

ROM: 16 MB of flash and 1 MB boot ROM

Three RS232-compatible serial ports (with external DB9 connectors)

10/100baseTx Ethernet port

USB v1.1 client port

CompactFlash slot

Four programmable timer/counters

Sixteen-channel DMA controller

Watchdog timer

Real-time clock

Eight buffered digital inputs

Eight buffered digital outputs

RedBoot debug monitor program resident in boot ROM

Embedded Linux (based on kernel version 2.6) resident in flash[1]

JTAG port for system debugging

Arcom has also built an add-on module ideal for learning embedded software. The add-on board was designed specifically for the examples shown in this book and is included with a book-specific version of the VIPER-Lite development kit. The VIPER-Lite add-on module includes the following:

Three LEDs

Four buttons and jumpers

Four opto-isolated inputs

Four opto-isolated outputs

Two relay outputs

A buzzer

A small prototyping area

The VIPER-Lite development kit includes all of the necessary cables for interfacing ...

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