Re: [uCsimm] To: ucsimm@geekcreek.net

From: James Brennan (james_brennan@agilent.com)
Date: Fri Sep 08 2000 - 16:48:23 EDT


Hi Geoffrey,

Do you think our project could make the source code
available? It might be of interest for us to see how you
implemented things.

Jim Brennan
jbrennan@linuxfreak.com

Geoffrey Wossum wrote:
>
> Wayne,
>
> > Came across your site on the net and am interested in using this
> > technology for my senior computer engineering project. Any suggestions?
> > Many Thanks
>
> We used the uCsimm as part of our senior design project.
>
> We used the uCsimm as a main controller for a robot development kit. We
> used an I2C multimaster "network" to allow the coordination of distributed
> microcontrollers. It was essentially Lego Mindstorms on steroids.
>
> A variety of microcontrollers (mainly PIC16F877's) acted as digital I/O,
> A/D converters, and motor controllers, along with some specialized
> peripherals such as proximity sensors, temperature sensors, light sensors,
> two-motor driver unit, etc. A main control unit then ran programs that
> were written by users in C, using an API we had created. The controller
> coordinated the microcontrollers on the I2C network to perform whatever
> task the user had programmed.
>
> Nothing about the project actually relied on the uCsimm. We created
> a PC interface board that allowed any PC to act as the system controller.
> But we also created a compact, self-contained system based on a uCsimm
> that could be used as the main controller.
>
> It was an impressive project, and we won best senior design project. But
> it was also considerably more involved and more time intensive than most
> people's senior projects. The system was actually capable of
> implementing everyone else's project!
>
> ---
> Geoffrey Wossum
> gwossum@acm.org
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