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Papilio host comms support library.

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Does anybody have a working host comms library and IP for the Papilio?

 

I know we can just use serial but I want something that will be a lot more friendly and abstracted ... so I can write something like this to test servos...

 

if(!PapilioOpen(NULL))

  return;

 

  // set position of servos on reg 0 and reg 1

  PapilioRegWrite(0,255);

  PapilioRegRead(1,255);

  sleep(1);

  // set postion of servos on reg 0 and reg 1

  PapilioRegWrite(0,0);

  PapilioRegRead(1,0);

  sleep(1);

  PapilioRegWrite(0,255);

  PapilioRegRead(1,255);

 

  PapilioClose();

}

 
An the FPGA end it should ideally look as if it is connected to a RAM.
  address - from host
  datain - from host

  dataout - to host

  read_strobe - from host
  write_strobe - from host
  ack - to host
 

Thanks!

 

Mike

 

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Opps! yes, from a host PC to/from FPGA. All I really am after is an abstracted way to update registers in a design - for 'command + control' over a design.

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Doesn't sound like anyone has anything but you could use something common like I2C since there are both FPGA implementations of I2C controllers and open source C implementations and libraries on the PC side.

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Hamster, perhaps you might want to take a look at my SerProv3 library (it's now being shipped with ZAP, should support any CPU system).

 

SerProV3 is a library in C++ for both host and target that supports RPC in a very transparent way. It uses C++ features to allow for automatic (to some extent) serialization and deserialization of data.

 

It does require C++ on both ends, though. It is shown to work with native linux, GLIB, and Qt. Other host "backends" are possible.

 

All communications are done through a transparent serial link, like RS232, but can be adapted to other transport mechanisms.

 

This simple example for Arduino/ZPUino uses SerProV3 to export three functions, the user "myFunction" and the native "digitalWrite()" and "digitalRead()":

#include <SerPro3.h>uint32_t myFunction(uint32_t a, uint32_t {   return a + b;}SERPRO_ARDUINO_BEGIN();EXPORT_FUNCTION(1, myFunction);EXPORT_FUNCTION(2, digitalWrite);EXPORT_FUNCTION(3, digitalRead);SERPRO_ARDUINO_END();void setup(){  Serial.begin(115200);}void loop(){  if (Serial.available()>0) {    SerPro::processData(Serial.read());  }}

On the host side, we just need to "import" those functions, and tell the system what are their arguments:

#include <SerPro/SerPro-glib.h>#define OUTPUT 1SERPRO_GLIB_BEGIN();IMPORT_FUNCTION(1, myFunction, uint32_t (uint32_t,uint32_t) );IMPORT_FUNCTION(2, digitalWrite, void (uint8_t,uint8_t) );IMPORT_FUNCTION(3, digitalRead, int16_t (uint8_t) );SERPRO_GLIB_END();void connect() // This is called when protocol connects{  digitalWrite( 3, 1 );  printf("8 plus 8 is %u\n", myFunction(8,8));}int main(int argc, char **argv){  if (argc<2)    return -1;  if (SerProGLIB::init(argv[1],B115200)<0)    return -1;  SerProGLIB::onConnect( &connect );  SerProGLIB::start();  SerProGLIB::run();}

Perhaps is something like this you are looking for ?

 

Best,

Alvie

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