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Device Driver Development for Microsoft Windows NT1:  Accessing Motion Control Hardware Using a Multimedia Framework



Richard D. Schneeman


In order to integrate motion control hardware into an advanced operating system such as Microsoft Windows NT, a flexible set of device drivers delivering a wide range of motion control services are required.  This paper describes the set of user and kernel-mode Windows NT device drivers NIST researchers developed to provide various research activities underway here.  A technical presentation of the device driver designs and development process are given to benefit those designing or in the processes of migrating device drivers to the Windows NT environment.  As an important by-product of this device driver effort, a motion control extension to the defacto standard Microsoft Media Control Interface was developed to provide device independent access to motion control hardware.  This capability places motion control hardware in the same category as other Microsoft Multimedia compliant computing peripherals such as sound, audio, video, and compact disc devices.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5917
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application programming interfaces, device drivers, device independence, interrupts, kernel-mode, motion control, multimedia, operating systems, portability


Schneeman, R. (1996), Device Driver Development for Microsoft Windows NT1:  Accessing Motion Control Hardware Using a Multimedia Framework, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created October 1, 1996, Updated February 19, 2017