Triggering Synchronization Of Multiple Usb 3.0 Devices Using Isochronous Timestamp Packet

Lim, Chong Han (2016) Triggering Synchronization Of Multiple Usb 3.0 Devices Using Isochronous Timestamp Packet. Masters thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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In test and measurement, synchronizing multiple devices to timely coordinate data acquisition is crucial. This is due to the limited number of channels on a single device and the need for mixed-signal channels. Currently, various techniques have been proposed for triggering and synchronization among multiple devices such as GPIB, VXI, PXI/PXIe and LXI. However, they are expensive and need large footprint and additional cable or hardware to set up. Due to that, with the low cost and easy-to-setup USB 2.0, it is enhanced to have synchronization ability. There are various synchronization methods in USB 2.0 such as software-timed trigger, external hardware trigger and USB-inSync. The software-timed trigger is purely implemented in software and has high trigger delay, which is up to microseconds. Besides that, for both external hardware trigger and USB-inSync, they can achieve up to nanoseconds of synchronization precision. However, both of those methods need extra hardware or setup to synchronize multiple devices. In order to overcome these drawbacks from the existing techniques, a trigger algorithm is proposed based on the study of USB 3.0 technology. The Isochronous Timestamp Packet (ITP) in USB 3.0 is used as the main component in the trigger algorithm. Without any hardware implementation, the trigger algorithm is able to trigger multiple USB 3.0 devices with a trigger delay around 280 ns. In addition, the trigger algorithm can support up to maximum three consecutive connected hubs without affecting the performance. In short, the trigger algorithm had improved the trigger delay from conventional software-timed trigger by 99.7% and without any hardware implementation it is easier to set up compared to external hardware trigger.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TK Electrical Engineering. Electronics. Nuclear Engineering > TK7800-8360 Electronics
Divisions: Kampus Kejuruteraan (Engineering Campus) > Pusat Pengajian Kejuruteraaan Elektrik & Elektronik (School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering) > Thesis
Depositing User: Mr Mohd Jasnizam Mohd Salleh
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 07:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 03:03

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