Broadcom-PLX Device Driver for all Windows and Linux versions.


Broadcom-PLX Device Driver for Windows and Linux
The Sheldon Instruments SI-DDK-PLX is a development package with projects and related source code used to create applications and drivers for all 32/64 bit Windows and Linux versions for Broadcom-PLX’s PCI 90xx family of ICs.

The applications and drivers are written so as to access general PCI devices, with full support for Broadcom-PLX’s PCI 90xx family as a Memory Mapped peripheral. The common API for all operating systems facilitates minimal cross platform development time, and may also be used as a model of how to write applications and device drivers for Windows and Linux, saving you precious time while giving you actual and comprehensive control of your software development.

Windows vs. Linux
The SI-DDK-PLX-WIN is used to create WDF drivers (SYS files) using the Windows Driver Foundation, thus making it possible for a single application to run under all Windows 32/64 bit versions. For convenience, compiled and ‘ready to go’ drivers and application example binaries are already included. In the case you want to build the binaries from the source code, you will need the WinXP/Vista/7/8 DDK, along with the associated Microsoft development environments.

The SI-DDK-PLX-LNX is GPL compliant source code used to create Linux applications and drivers (files in the form of modules), using the integrated C/C++ development environment included with all Linux versions.

Function Support:

  • Memory mapped access (I/O space not supported, but step-by-step guidelines included for easy adaptation).
  • Block Mode DMA transfers: PCI initiated bus mastered reads/writes (9056/54/80 only), including asynchronous/overlapped transfers using a scatter-gather implementation.
  • Direct Master Mode transfers: Local side processor/hardware PCI bus mastered reads/writes (9056/54/80 only).
  • Event based application Call-Back routines.
  • Handling of the PC interrupts on transfer complete and register read/written.
  • Access to the 9056/54/80/50/30’s configuration space memory.
  • Access to the 9056/54/80/50/30’s local address regions.
  • Multiple board support, limited only by available slots on system motherboard/backplane.
  • Ability to read and write the configuration serial EEPROM.
  • Common API for both Windows and Linux 32/64 bit environments.
  • Full support of Plug’n’Play features.

The SI-DDK-PLX packages include:

  • Projects and related source code for building 32/64bit kernel mode drivers.
  • Projects and related source code for building a 32/64bit command line executable or a DLL for Windows or a shared object for Linux.
  • Simple documentation describing the step by step process used to build the driver.
  • 30 day limited technical support over the phone, extended e-mail support.
  • Royalty-free unlimited license to distribute binaries built with the SI-DDK-PLX.
  • SI-DDK-PLX-WIN only: Compiled and ‘ready to go’ 32/64 bit binaries.

More Information

Device Driver Development Kits for PLX
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Product, Description, Price (US dollars)
SI-DDK-PLX-WIN, Projects/source for WDM/WDF drivers for 32/64 bit Windows, 300
SI-DDK-PLX-LNX, Projects/source for kernel mode drivers for 32/64 bit Linux, 300
SI-DDK-PLX-ALL, Projects/source for all drivers for 32/64 bit Windows & Linux, 450