Two of my friends and I want to build a device that helps one to transfer data from one USB mass storage device to another using a a touch screen interface. We have worked on embedded projects before but they were much simpler and not related to USB. Therefore , we have started reading relevant material on USB. (Jan Axelson usb complete and USB mass Storage if it helps.)However, I feel this is really slowing us down.
We've only figured out a rough schematic of the project. We know that 2 hosts will be required for each mass storage device connected our device.Each of the host controllers will be connected to an MCU and a 3rd MCU will be required for the touch screen interface. However we can't move forward and tell what needs to be done next. We plan to use the TUSB7320 as the host controller. My question has a few parts:
- How much time will this project take given our knowledge about USBs and our current approach?Can it be completed by March next year?
- Is there any other relevant(or better) literature or tutorial we ought to look into apart from what was mentioned?
- Are we right about the rough schematic that I described earlier in this question?
- How should we divide work in order to optimize manpower?
I understand these questions (especially the last one) may be not be in accordance with the policy of the website. But we are only students and really want to make this work. We haven't found a suitable guide even after a long search and some guidance from experts such as yourselves will be a blessing! I earnestly request you to provide us with advice or at least point us in the right direction.
******* UPDATE *******
Thanks guys for all the help! We've made some progress and decided the main components for our device. Also, we'll be making it for the USB 2.0 now!
We've decided to use ARM9. This is because we came by a person who introduced us to friendly ARM and told us it could work for us.
We'll be dumping the TUSB7320 and instead use the DS Vinculum 2 dual host controller IC.
Also, we are going to use an operating system to ease our work. We're torn between Linux,windows CE and Android. I personally think we should go with linux because that'll help us protect the device from viruses(I hope I'm right?) and its free. However my partners think android will be a better option because there are many people who are into android and might know a thing or two that could help us out.
Are there other things we should consider or crucial details that we're missing out on?Which OS suits this device best and how should we go about the software especially the end user GUI on the touch screen?