Modbus - Isolator Bricklet

This is the description of the Modbus protocol for the Isolator Bricklet. General information and technical specifications for the Isolator Bricklet are summarized in its hardware description.

API

A general description of the Modbus protocol structure can be found here.

Basic Functions

BrickletIsolator.get_statistics
Function ID:

1

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • messages_from_brick -- uint32
  • messages_from_bricklet -- uint32
  • connected_bricklet_device_identifier -- uint16
  • connected_bricklet_uid -- char[8]

Returns statistics for the Isolator Bricklet.

Advanced Functions

BrickletIsolator.set_spitfp_baudrate_config
Function ID:

2

Request:
  • enable_dynamic_baudrate -- bool
  • minimum_dynamic_baudrate -- uint32
Response:

no response

The SPITF protocol can be used with a dynamic baudrate. If the dynamic baudrate is enabled, the Isolator Bricklet will try to adapt the baudrate for the communication between Bricks and Bricklets according to the amount of data that is transferred.

The baudrate for communication config between Brick and Isolator Bricklet can be set through the API of the Brick.

The baudrate will be increased exponentially if lots of data is send/received and decreased linearly if little data is send/received.

This lowers the baudrate in applications where little data is transferred (e.g. a weather station) and increases the robustness. If there is lots of data to transfer (e.g. Thermal Imaging Bricklet) it automatically increases the baudrate as needed.

In cases where some data has to transferred as fast as possible every few seconds (e.g. RS485 Bricklet with a high baudrate but small payload) you may want to turn the dynamic baudrate off to get the highest possible performance.

The maximum value of the baudrate can be set per port with the function set_spitfp_baudrate. If the dynamic baudrate is disabled, the baudrate as set by set_spitfp_baudrate will be used statically.

The minimum dynamic baudrate has a value range of 400000 to 2000000 baud.

By default dynamic baudrate is enabled and the minimum dynamic baudrate is 400000.

BrickletIsolator.get_spitfp_baudrate_config
Function ID:

3

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • enable_dynamic_baudrate -- bool
  • minimum_dynamic_baudrate -- uint32

Returns the baudrate config, see set_spitfp_baudrate_config.

BrickletIsolator.set_spitfp_baudrate
Function ID:

4

Request:
  • baudrate -- uint32
Response:

no response

Sets the baudrate for a the communication between Isolator Bricklet and the connected Bricklet. The baudrate for communication between Brick and Isolator Bricklet can be set through the API of the Brick.

The baudrate can be in the range 400000 to 2000000.

If you want to increase the throughput of Bricklets you can increase the baudrate. If you get a high error count because of high interference (see get_spitfp_error_count) you can decrease the baudrate.

If the dynamic baudrate feature is enabled, the baudrate set by this function corresponds to the maximum baudrate (see set_spitfp_baudrate_config).

Regulatory testing is done with the default baudrate. If CE compatibility or similar is necessary in you applications we recommend to not change the baudrate.

The default baudrate for all ports is 1400000.

BrickletIsolator.get_spitfp_baudrate
Function ID:

5

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • baudrate -- uint32

Returns the baudrate, see set_spitfp_baudrate.

BrickletIsolator.get_isolator_spitfp_error_count
Function ID:

6

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • error_count_ack_checksum -- uint32
  • error_count_message_checksum -- uint32
  • error_count_frame -- uint32
  • error_count_overflow -- uint32

Returns the error count for the communication between Isolator Bricklet and the connected Bricklet. Call get_spitfp_error_count to get the error count between Isolator Bricklet and Brick.

The errors are divided into

  • ACK checksum errors,
  • message checksum errors,
  • framing errors and
  • overflow errors.
BrickletIsolator.get_spitfp_error_count
Function ID:

234

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • error_count_ack_checksum -- uint32
  • error_count_message_checksum -- uint32
  • error_count_frame -- uint32
  • error_count_overflow -- uint32

Returns the error count for the communication between Brick and Bricklet.

The errors are divided into

  • ACK checksum errors,
  • message checksum errors,
  • framing errors and
  • overflow errors.

The errors counts are for errors that occur on the Bricklet side. All Bricks have a similar function that returns the errors on the Brick side.

BrickletIsolator.set_bootloader_mode
Function ID:

235

Request:
  • mode -- uint8
Response:
  • status -- uint8

Sets the bootloader mode and returns the status after the requested mode change was instigated.

You can change from bootloader mode to firmware mode and vice versa. A change from bootloader mode to firmware mode will only take place if the entry function, device identifier and CRC are present and correct.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

The following meanings are defined for the parameters of this function:

  • 0: bootloader, for mode
  • 1: firmware, for mode
  • 2: bootloader wait for reboot, for mode
  • 3: firmware wait for reboot, for mode
  • 4: firmware wait for erase and reboot, for mode
  • 0: ok, for status
  • 1: invalid mode, for status
  • 2: no change, for status
  • 3: entry function not present, for status
  • 4: device identifier incorrect, for status
  • 5: crc mismatch, for status
BrickletIsolator.get_bootloader_mode
Function ID:

236

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • mode -- uint8

Returns the current bootloader mode, see set_bootloader_mode.

The following meanings are defined for the parameters of this function:

  • 0: bootloader, for mode
  • 1: firmware, for mode
  • 2: bootloader wait for reboot, for mode
  • 3: firmware wait for reboot, for mode
  • 4: firmware wait for erase and reboot, for mode
BrickletIsolator.set_write_firmware_pointer
Function ID:

237

Request:
  • pointer -- uint32
Response:

no response

Sets the firmware pointer for write_firmware. The pointer has to be increased by chunks of size 64. The data is written to flash every 4 chunks (which equals to one page of size 256).

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

BrickletIsolator.write_firmware
Function ID:

238

Request:
  • data -- uint8[64]
Response:
  • status -- uint8

Writes 64 Bytes of firmware at the position as written by set_write_firmware_pointer before. The firmware is written to flash every 4 chunks.

You can only write firmware in bootloader mode.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

BrickletIsolator.set_status_led_config
Function ID:

239

Request:
  • config -- uint8
Response:

no response

Sets the status LED configuration. By default the LED shows communication traffic between Brick and Bricklet, it flickers once for every 10 received data packets.

You can also turn the LED permanently on/off or show a heartbeat.

If the Bricklet is in bootloader mode, the LED is will show heartbeat by default.

The following meanings are defined for the parameters of this function:

  • 0: off, for config
  • 1: on, for config
  • 2: show heartbeat, for config
  • 3: show status, for config
BrickletIsolator.get_status_led_config
Function ID:

240

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • config -- uint8

Returns the configuration as set by set_status_led_config

The following meanings are defined for the parameters of this function:

  • 0: off, for config
  • 1: on, for config
  • 2: show heartbeat, for config
  • 3: show status, for config
BrickletIsolator.get_chip_temperature
Function ID:

242

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • temperature -- int16

Returns the temperature in °C as measured inside the microcontroller. The value returned is not the ambient temperature!

The temperature is only proportional to the real temperature and it has bad accuracy. Practically it is only useful as an indicator for temperature changes.

BrickletIsolator.reset
Function ID:243
Request:empty payload
Response:no response

Calling this function will reset the Bricklet. All configurations will be lost.

After a reset you have to create new device objects, calling functions on the existing ones will result in undefined behavior!

BrickletIsolator.write_uid
Function ID:

248

Request:
  • uid -- uint32
Response:

no response

Writes a new UID into flash. If you want to set a new UID you have to decode the Base58 encoded UID string into an integer first.

We recommend that you use Brick Viewer to change the UID.

BrickletIsolator.read_uid
Function ID:

249

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • uid -- uint32

Returns the current UID as an integer. Encode as Base58 to get the usual string version.

BrickletIsolator.get_identity
Function ID:

255

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • uid -- char[8]
  • connected_uid -- char[8]
  • position -- char
  • hardware_version -- uint8[3]
  • firmware_version -- uint8[3]
  • device_identifier -- uint16

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here