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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     cz - Cyclades-Z  series  multi-port  serial  adapter  device
driver

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     cz* at pci? dev ? function ?

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  cz device driver supports the Cyclades-Z series of multi-port serial
     adapters.  The Cyclades-Z  is  an  intelligent  serial  controller comprising:

           +o   PLX9060ES PCI bus interface

           +o   Xilinx XC5204 FPGA

           +o   IDT R3052 MIPS CPU

     The  MIPS  CPU  runs firmware provided by the device driver.
Communication
     with the MIPS is performed by modifying data structures  located in board
     local RAM or host RAM.

     The Cyclades-Z comes in three basic flavors:

           +o    Cyclades-8Zo  rev.  1  -- This is an older 8-port
board with no
               FPGA.  The serial ports are provided by an octopus
cable.

           +o    Cyclades-8Zo  rev.  2 -- This is the newer 8-port
board.  The serial
 ports are provided by an octopus cable.

           +o   Cyclades-Ze -- This is the expandable  version  of
the CycladesZ.
   It  uses  an  HD-50 SCSI cable to connect the
board to a 1U
               rack mountable serial expansion box.  Each box has
16 RJ45 serial
  ports,  and up to 4 boxes may be chained together, for a
               total of 64 ports.  Boxes 3 and  4  require  their
own external
               power  supply,  otherwise the firmware will refuse
to start (as
               it cannot communicate with the UARTs in those boxes).

     The  Cyclades-Z  has several features to improve performance
under high serial
 I/O load:

           +o   The board may operate in interrupt-driven mode  or
polled mode
               to reduce interrupt load.

           +o    Each channel has a large input and output buffer.

           +o   Each channel may be programmed to generate an  interrupt based
               on  reception  of a specific character, e.g. a PPP
End-Of-Frame
               character.

           +o   The MIPS CPU on the board performs  all  flow-control handling.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /dev/ttyZ??  dial-in (normal) TTY device
     /dev/cuaZ??  dial-out TTY device

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

      
      
     intro(4), pci(4), termios(4), tty(4)

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The cz driver first appeared in OpenBSD 3.0.

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  cz  driver was written by Jason R. Thorpe <thorpej@zembu.com> and
     Bill Studenmund <wrstuden@zembu.com> of Zembu Labs, Inc.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The cz driver does not currently implement communication via
host RAM.
     While this may improve performance by reducing the number of
PCI memory
     space read/write cycles, it is not straightforward to implement with the
     current bus_dma(9) API.

     Interrupt mode has not been tested.

     There  is  no support for reading or writing the EEPROM connected to the
     PLX PCI bus controller.

OpenBSD      3.6                           May      17,      2000
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