TCP/IP - HAT Brick

This is the description of the TCP/IP protocol for the HAT Brick. General information and technical specifications for the HAT Brick are summarized in its hardware description.

API

A general description of the TCP/IP protocol structure can be found here.

Basic Functions

BrickHAT.set_sleep_mode
Function ID:

1

Request:
  • power_off_delay -- uint32
  • power_off_duration -- uint32
  • raspberry_pi_off -- bool
  • bricklets_off -- bool
  • enable_sleep_indicator -- bool
Response:

no response

Sets the sleep mode.

Note

Calling this function will cut the Raspberry Pi's power after Power Off Delay seconds. You have to shut down the Operating System yourself, e.g. by calling 'sudo shutdown -h now'.

Parameters:

  • Power Off Delay: Time in seconds before the RPi/Bricklets are powered off.
  • Power Off Duration: Duration in seconds that the RPi/Bricklets stay powered off.
  • Raspberry Pi Off: RPi is powered off if set to true.
  • Bricklets Off: Bricklets are powered off if set to true.
  • Enable Sleep Indicator: If set to true, the status LED will blink in a 1s interval during the whole power off duration. This will draw additional 0.3mA.

Example: To turn RPi and Bricklets off in 5 seconds for 10 minutes with sleep indicator enabled, call (5, 60*10, true, true, true).

This function can also be used to implement a watchdog. To do this you can write a program that calls this function once per second in a loop with (10, 2, true, false, false). If the RPi crashes or gets stuck the HAT will reset the RPi after 10 seconds.

BrickHAT.get_sleep_mode
Function ID:

2

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • power_off_delay -- uint32
  • power_off_duration -- uint32
  • raspberry_pi_off -- bool
  • bricklets_off -- bool
  • enable_sleep_indicator -- bool

Returns the sleep mode settings as set by set_sleep_mode.

BrickHAT.set_bricklet_power
Function ID:

3

Request:
  • bricklet_power -- bool
Response:

no response

Set to true/false to turn the power supply of the connected Bricklets on/off.

By default the Bricklets are on.

BrickHAT.get_bricklet_power
Function ID:

4

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • bricklet_power -- bool

Returns the power status of the connected Bricklets as set by set_bricklet_power.

BrickHAT.get_voltages
Function ID:

5

Request:

empty payload

Response:
  • voltage_usb -- uint16
  • voltage_dc -- uint16

Returns the USB supply voltage and the DC input supply voltage in mV.

There are three possible combinations:

  • Only USB connected: The USB supply voltage will be fed back to the DC input connector. You will read the USB voltage and a slightly lower voltage on the DC input.
  • Only DC input connected: The DC voltage will not be fed back to the USB connector. You will read the DC input voltage and the USB voltage will be 0.
  • USB and DC input connected: You will read both voltages. In this case the USB supply will be without load, but it will work as backup if you disconnect the DC input (or if the DC input voltage falls below the USB voltage).

Advanced Functions

BrickHAT.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.

BrickHAT.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
BrickHAT.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
BrickHAT.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.

BrickHAT.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.

BrickHAT.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
BrickHAT.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
BrickHAT.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.

BrickHAT.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!

BrickHAT.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.

BrickHAT.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.

BrickHAT.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