Class Driver & MiniDriver Definition
Class Driver and Minidriver Definitions
A Microsoft-provided class driver is an intermediate driver designed to provide a simple interface between a vendor-written minidriver and the operating system. A minidriver is a hardware-specific DLL that uses a Microsoft-provided class driver to accomplish most actions through function calls, and provides only device-specific controls.minidriver is composited by callback functions.
Under WDM, the minidriver registers its associated hardware adapters with the class driver, and the class driver creates a file object to represent each adapter that registers. The minidriver uses the class driver's device object to make system calls. The class driver is accessed by user-mode clients through WDM Streaming.
The interactions between class driver and minidriver include:
The minidriver does not create a device object, but shares the class driver's device object as necessary. This saves system resources.
Only one device object is created per adapter. Multiple subdevices (called streams) supported by the adapter are represented by WDM Streaming pins.