The SpaceWire Brick Mk3 is a USB 3.0 (also works with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1) to SpaceWire interface device that is suitable for use in all stages of SpaceWire equipment development: initial SpaceWire evaluation, instrument simulation, control system simulation, unit testing, integration support, and EGSE.
The SpaceWire Brick Mk3 provides two SpaceWire interfaces, support for high speed data transfer, the capability to inject various types of errors on demand, the ability to transmit and receive time-codes and act as a time-code master, and comes complete with highly optimised host software for low latency transmission of SpaceWire packets directly to and from the host PC.
Expanding on the 10 years of knowledge and experience gained with the original SpaceWire-USB Brick and the Brick Mk2, the SpaceWire Brick Mk3 has new features to enhance its capability and supports STAR-Dundee’s powerful software stack; STAR-System. This makes it simple to migrate from the Brick Mk2, which also supports STAR-System, to the Brick Mk3.
NOTE: The SpaceWire Brick Mk3 supersedes the SpaceWire Brick Mk2. As both the SpaceWire Brick Mk2 and SpaceWire Brick Mk3 use the same STAR-System software stack, migrating software written for the SpaceWire Brick Mk2 to the SpaceWire Brick Mk3 is quite straightforward. The software API is not compatible with the original SpaceWire Brick but adapting existing software should not be too difficult. If you are an existing user of the Brick or Brick Mk2 and do require more of these devices for backwards compatibility, please contact STAR-Dundee.