1996 Q1 First Write of Linux Kernel Module

At end of 1995, I wrote a Windows 95 application handling data from a data acquisition card ACL-8111! I had fun playing with the card and I bough the same for myself. I started writing a Linux driver and was very quickly able to handle direct IO access but also IRQ driven access.

To test it, I toke my soldering iron and made lot of sensor, captor and other digital circuits. I was able to digitize audio signal up to 40Khz ! In my documentation the AD converter was limited to 30Khz !

The driver consist of a character device, write to it to setup the next batch of data you want, read the data, and when finished, write to it again to setup a new batch or simply stop it. This kind of interface is easy to write and easy to handle. This is not like a network card driver that need to deal with a lot of kernel interfaces !

I still have the card and a PC with an ISA bus to use it or build a new driver

it was easy, I had already written a DOS program to use it.

 

 

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