USB Model M
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Tue Dec 16 18:19:04 CST 2008
On 16 Dec 2008 at 16:59, Keith wrote:
> I have a small uC device that I made that uses an FTDI USB->TTL
> converter. I wish USB was as straight-forward as you describe. I'm
> currently running into problems when transferring, very quickly, some
> data from the uC to the PC. The problems are related to overrunning the
> PC, where the PC isn't scheduling reads from the device fast enough to
> prevent drops. At least interrupt-based I/O can "demand" attention from
> the cpu at any time, where USB is at the mercy of being scheduled.
I'm probably stating what you are already aware of, but on the off-
chance that it sheds some light...
Don't those things have a FIFO--something like 384 bytes?
Regardless, there are two basic modes of operation on those things--
the first is single-character "comm port" type transfer; the second
is block-mode transfer (as you'd see in a storage device). Single-
mode transfers have considerable overhead, severely limiting the
speed. Unfortunately, most of the FTDI development kits include
drivers for only the former mode and not the block mode.
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