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Moving An Embedded Project From x86 to PowerPC 16

Posted by timothy
from the migration-nation dept.
An anonymous reader writes "This series on embedded development shows you how to migrate a project prototype from x86 to PowerPC. This initial installment explains the realities and rationale of the project: it introduces the robotic submarines that were the start of the project (and where they came from), and describes the Linux/GCC development environment and the bare-bones Kuro Box PowerPC development board."
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Moving An Embedded Project From x86 to PowerPC

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  • I've used a McCraigor "wiggler" in the past and was very underwhelmed. It's sort of the winmodem of JTAG adapters.

    It's a shame he hosted his project on Windows, I would have like to have seen it on OS X or Linux. I suppose he will wind up using Cygwin which I never really got on with... I always found easier just be in a *NIX environment to begin with.

    Here's hoping after they finish jettisoning the PC business we quit seeing so many Windows hosted articles on IBM Developerworks

    • It's a shame he hosted his project on Windows, I would have like to have seen it on OS X or Linux.

      Where do you see that he hosted it on Windows? He hosted it on a Kuro Box [revogear.com], which is a Linux-based PPC device. The only role Windows plays is running the setup program to load the Kuro system image.

      Actually, you can even get around that. Someone on the Kuro forum [revogear.com] put together instructions for loading the system image from a Mac [revogear.com].

      The Kuro Box is a pretty neat toy in it's own right. If you want to play around w
      • The wiggler is a windows only thing, which is why I don't like it.

        I already do PPC development so I'm not really in the market for a cheap device.

        • > The wiggler is a windows only thing, which is why I don't like it.

          Not true. It is just another lowcost jtag interface and can easily be accessed with linux. Having said that, its worth to note, that you can build an equivalent device yourself for under $3. Digilent (www.digilent.us) also offers some cheap jtag cable, even for usb (and some nice cpld and fpga devboards)
  • The homepage for Lewin Edwards [larwe.com] is interesting. He is doing other neat projects in addition to his submarine project mentioned in the article.

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