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AxiCat

The AxiCat is a high-performance, professional multipurpose USB-I2C/SPI/1-Wire/UART/GPIO interface adapter.


Applications


 Features


Overview

The 26-pin header offers seventeen digital general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins, two UARTs, a full-fledged I2C master and slave function, a SPI master with 4 slave select lines, and a 1-Wire master with accelerated enumeration and probing of 1-Wire slaves and strong pull-up control.

AxiCat

The I/O interface has the capability to work at two different voltage levels: 3.3 V and 5 V. The jumper setting on the 3-pole header determines the voltage level. Thanks to the selectable voltage level the AxiCat can interface with a wide range of chips, peripherals, single board computers and electronic interfaces.

Add-on boards designed for Banana Pi, Orange Pi or Raspberry Pi may be connected to the AxiCat. This opens the door to a number of interesting applications like production testing of add-on boards on a Linux PC or Windows PC.

Unlike many other adapters in the market, the AxiCat features a truly asynchronous design that enables all interfaces to operate concurrently while executing I/O commands back-to-back, avoiding inter-command delays and achieving the highest throughput possible.


Documentation

You can find additional documentation in directory /public/axicat/doc and other directories called "doc" in the source code.


Software - AxiCat

AxiCat Server is the main application for working with the AxiCat. This program offers the full set of features of the AxiCat and runs as a network server. It accepts text commands over network ports, so multiple users and programs can concurrently access the AxiCat both locally and remotely.

The AxiCat Server serves as a bridge to programming languages. You can easily control your AxiCat-based projects from Python or any other language with support for network sockets.

AxiCat AVR ISP turns your AxiCat into an in-system programming tool for AVR 8-bit microcontrollers operating at 3.3 V or 5 V. It takes as little as five wires to hook up your target AVR microcontroller to your AxiCat. This program enables full access to flash memory, EEPROM, fuse and lock bits of the target microcontroller. It features loading ans saving of Intel HEX files, changing individual lock and fuse bits, and much more.

MCU Bootloader Tool talks with the AxiCat's bootloader. With this program you can update the main application, plus you can deploy the AxiCat as a standalone AVR development board for creating your own projects. The bootloader tool can read and write flash memory, read and write EEPROM, load and save Intel HEX files, and much more.


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