[rescue] USB port card for sBus?
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Sun Aug 24 00:15:37 CDT 2008
On Sat, 23 Aug 2008, Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
>>> I dunno, but you bring up a good point - what about using a serial to
>>> USB adapter? In *theory* they should work either way,
>> Whose theory would that be? USB doesn't work that way.
> Why not? There's nothing in the USB spec that would cause making a bus
> enumerator that talks upstream to a computer with RS-232/423 serial, is
> there? The device would need a whole load of smarts, granted, but what
> would make it impossible?
Here, let me quote the part of Lionel's post that I trimmed:
I dunno, but you bring up a good point - what about using a serial to
USB adapter? In *theory* they should work either way, just trade the USB
plug to the proper gender and maybe power it from a wall-wart...
If you can find an off-the-shelf USB-to-EIA232 adapter that will magically
sense which role it's supposed to play, and will either provide a USB
device-node endpoint (providing a '232 port via the "communications
device" USB profile) or a USB initiator endpoint (providing via the "root
hub" USB profile), depending on what it determines, and will make that
determination and a complete USB device tree by merely swapping the gender
of the USB side and receiving power from elsewhere, I'll buy you a
fantastic dinner at the restaurant of your choice anywhere on this
The bus Does Not work that way.
But, yes, if you wanted to create a USB controller, presumably mastering
the bus at a nominal 11Mb/s or 480Mb/s, that talked back to the host
system over a SPARCstation's Z8530-powered serial ports at a blazing
230Kb/s, that would probably be an excellent investment of some engineer's
time--much better than an SBus or PCMCIA implementation.
Jonathan Patschke | "There is more to life than increasing its speed."
Elgin, TX | --Mahatma Gandhi
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