Chapter 193. Cypress WWD overview

193.1. Introduction

The CYGPKG_NET_WIFI_BROADCOM_WWD package implements the eCos specific support for the Cypress (previously Broadcom) WICED Wireless Driver (WWD) sources present in (3rd-party) Cypress WICED-SDK releases. The WWD package is for use with the generic eCos WLAN (wireless networking) support layer to present the common eCos wireless API. The WICED-SDK is now owned and developer by Cypress., but was originally developed by Broadcom, hence the historic use of BROADCOM in names provided by this package.

The WWD package relies on the presence of the CYGPKG_NET_WLAN, CYGPKG_NET_LWIP and the CYGPKG_IO_ETH_DRIVERS networking packages. It also requires the eCos Kernel C API (CYGFUN_KERNEL_API_C) to provide the required thread support.


The BSD network stacks CYGPKG_NET_FREEBSD_STACK and CYGPKG_NET_OPENBSD_STACK are not supported by this Cypress WWD support package.


Due to licensing restrictions the WICED-SDK package cannot be distributed as part of an eCos release. The developer is responsible for obtaining a supported WICED-SDK version via the normal Cypress channels. e.g. the WICED Studio developer website.

Currently only WICED-SDK-3.5.2 and WICED-Studio- are officially supported. Adding CDL support for future WICED-SDK releases is an easy process assuming no fundamental restructuring of the SDK is undertaken by Cypress.

See Section 193.2, “WICED-SDK Installation” for a description of how to install the WICED-SDK.

NOTE: The WICED-SDK source tree must be installed into the correct eCosPro tree location prior to any target configuration via ecosconfig or configtool.

The following eCosPro target platforms are supported and have been tested:

193.2. WICED-SDK Installation

After acquiring a supported Cypress WICED-Studio release package the SDK needs to be extracted into the correct location within your eCosPro release source tree. The WiFi SDK is written to your filesystem as part of the executable WICED Studio installer run. On completion of the installation process you should be presented with a window similar to Figure 193.1, “Example WICED-Studio installation complete” where the filesystem path location of the SDK should be noted. A copy of the installed SDK tree needs to be copied into the eCosPro tree.

Figure 193.1. Example WICED-Studio installation complete

Example WICED-Studio installation complete

The source path for the eCosPro tree depends on your specific installation, as does the specific eCosPro release vsn number. Similarly, the installer executable created WiFi SDK sub-directory is copied and renamed to conform to the package version naming scheme to allow identification of specific SDKs when multiple WICED SDK trees are installed into an eCosPro tree.

For Linux hosted development this can be achieved as follows:

$ cd /home/jsmith/Documents/WICED-Studio-6.4
$ tar cf - 43xxx_Wi-Fi | \
(cd path_to_ecospro_release/packages/net/wireless/wifi_bcmwwd/current/src/; tar xf -)
$ cd  path_to_ecospro_release/packages/net/wireless/wifi_bcmwwd/current/src
$ mv 43xxx_Wi-Fi WICED-SDK-

For Windows hosted development the 43xxx_Wi-Fi directory can be copied from its installed SDK location into the eCosPro source tree and renamed accordingly:

Figure 193.2. Example WICED-Studio WiFi directory copy and rename

Example WICED-Studio WiFi directory copy and rename


The WICED Studio installed WiFi SDK directory 43xxx_Wi-Fi is renamed above to reflect the version number of the WICED Studio installer executable used.

With the SDK tree copied and renamed as above it is now available for eCos configuration.

Previously the WICED-SDK archives were distributed by Broadcom as .7z packages (e.g. version 3.5.2).

The WICED-SDK sources need to be installed into the src sub-directory of the CYGPKG_NET_WIFI_BROADCOM_WWD package within the eCosPro release tree.

Using the WICED-SDK- package as an example, the following is a command-line example of extracting into the eCosPro tree. The source path for the eCosPro tree depends on your specific installation, as does the specific eCosPro release vsn number:

$ cd /path_to_ecospro_release/packages/net/wireless/wifi_bcmwwd/current/src
$ 7z x ~/Downloads/WICED-SDK-

7-Zip [64] 9.20  Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov  2010-11-18
p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=en_GB.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,8 CPUs)

Processing archive: /home/user/Downloads/WICED-SDK-

Extracting  WICED-SDK-3.5.2/tools/common/OSX/aes_cbc_128
Extracting  WICED-SDK-3.5.2/tools/common/Linux32/aes_cbc_128
[ … 7z output elided … ]
Extracting  WICED-SDK-3.5.2/apps
Extracting  WICED-SDK-3.5.2

Everything is Ok

Folders: 1055
Files: 6954
Size:       878793443
Compressed: 121342379

Assuming an example eCosPro release with version number vX.Y.ZZ, and using release 3.5.2 of the WICED-SDK, you should end up with a file hierarchy similar to the following figure:

Figure 193.3. Example WICED-SDK installation

Example WICED-SDK installation