ROACH test machine

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This section will list all the hardware and software needed to configure and build a ROACH test machine.


Computer Hardware

  • Minimum requirement: Intel Pentium D CPU 3.00GHz with 2 GB of RAM
  • Harddisk space of at least 30 GBytes to install the required software.
  • 2 x 1-Gig Ethernet ports, 3 if an outside link is required
  • Serial port (DB-9 male or provided by USB to serial port adapter)
  • 3 x USB ports in addition to keyboard and mouse ports

Support Hardware

  The Actel FlashPro3 is marked end of life and may be hard to find.
  The current product is the FlashPro 4; however this unit has not been exercised
  as of 2010mar22.

Cables and connectors

  • Standard serial cable (default is DB-9 socket at both ends)
  • 2 x Ethernet cables (or 3 if outside link is required)
  • 2 x 10GigE CX4 cables (for loopback tests)
  • 2 x CASPER Z-DOK Loopback tester boards

Primary Software

  • Windows XP Professional 32-bit version
    • this is mandatory due to device drivers for at least some of the support hardware listed above.
  • Cygwin standard install from and the following
  • as installed on the RAL test machine (some may not be required):
  • running cygcheck -s on the RAL machine returns with : RAL_cygcheck.txt (txt)
    • Base package
    • autoconf
    • automake
    • bash
    • bzip2
    • dbus
    • diffutils
    • docbook
    • grep
    • inetutils
    • netcat
    • openssh
    • perl
    • ping
    • propcs and psmisc (for pkill and the like)
    • python
    • rxvt VT102
    • screen
    • shutdown
    • subversion
    • tar
    • TCL/TK
    • termcap
    • time
    • transfig
    • unzip
    • vim
    • W32API
    • xaw3d
    • xdelta-devel
    • xdpinfo
    • zip

  Actel Libero release v8.5 is an out of date version and requires about 1.1 GByte of disk space.
  If a copy is not available from Actel directly a copy can be made from an existing setup.

Secondary Software


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