Encode and Decode Serial Data Using Arduino Hardware
This example shows how to use Simulink® Support Package for Arduino® Hardware to encode and decode serial data with Arduino hardware.
Arduino Mega 2560
Arduino Mega ADK
Arduino MKR WIFI 1010
Arduino Nano 33 IoT
Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense
In this example, the Simulink model, performs these actions:
At the Receiving end, the byte stream is received using Serial Receive block and decoded into individual fields using Protocol Decoder block. The status output of Serial Receive block, which indicates a new data is available, is used to trigger the enabled subsystem containing Protocol Decoder block.
In this model, the TX1 pin sends serial data to the RX1 pin of your Arduino hardware.
This model is configured to run in External mode. For more information on External mode, see Tune and Monitor Model Running on Hardware.
The model provided in this example is preconfigured for the Arduino Mega 2560 board. You can run these models on any of the boards listed in the Supported Hardware section by changing the Hardware board parameter in the Simulink model. For more information on how to change the Hardware board parameter, see the Step 2: Configure the Model for Arduino Hardware section of this example.
Before you start with this example, we recommend you complete the following:
To run this example, you must have the following hardware:
Supported Arduino board
Step 1: Connect TX and RX Pins on Arduino Hardware
1. Connect your Arduino board to your computer using the USB cable.
2. Connect the TX1 pin to the RX1 pin of your Arduino hardware. This connection is a loopback connection.
Step 2: Configure the Model for Arduino Hardware
1. Open the Simulink model model. This model is configured to run in External mode.
2. To configure the model, click Hardware Settings in the Hardware tab of the Simulink toolbar.
3. In the Configurations Parameters dialog box, select Hardware Implementation.
4. From the Hardware board list, select the type of Arduino board that you are using.
5. From the Groups list under Target hardware resources, select Serial port properties.
The Serial 1 baud rate parameter is set to
9600. In this example, the baud rate of Serial 1 baud rate is set because the TX1 and RX1 pins correspond to the Serial port 1 of the Arduino hardware. If you are using any other serial port pins for communication, specify the baud rate of the corresponding serial port.
6. Click Apply. Click OK to close the dialog box.
Step 3: Configure the Blocks in the Simulink Model
The packet structure used in this example is:
Double-click the blocks and verify the parameter values specified in the Block Parameters dialog box.
For other blocks, the parameters are:
Block | Parameter Name | Value --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Constant | Interpret vector parameters as 1-D | selected | Sample time | inf Serial Transmit | Serial Port | 1 | Send mode | write Serial Receive | Port number | 1 | Data type | uint8 | Data length | 10 | Sample time | 0.1 Display Status | Format | short
The value for Data length parameter of Serial Receive block is set to 10, which is the sum of these values:
Header size (1 byte) + Data1 (1 byte) + Data2 (2 bytes) + Data3 (4 bytes) + Checksum (1 byte) + Terminator (1 byte)
Step 4: Validate the Model Design Using Connected I/O
You can simulate the model in Normal mode with Connected I/O to validate the model design before generating the code and deploying the model on Arduino. When you simulate the model, the TX1 pin transmits data to the RX1 pin of your Arduino hardware. This communication between the model and Arduino does not require any code generation or model deployment, thus accelerating the simulation process. For more information on Connected I/O, see Communicate with Hardware Using Connected IO.
To simulate the model in Normal mode with Connected I/O:
1. On the model toolbar, in the Simulation tab, set Simulation mode to
2. To run this model in the Connected I/O mode, on the Hardware tab, in the Mode section, select Connected IO and then click Run with IO.
The lower left corner of the model window displays status while Simulink prepares, downloads, and runs the model on your computer.
At each time step, data specified in the
Constant blocks are encoded into uint8 byte stream (packet) and transmitted by the TX1 pin to the RX1 pin of your Arduino hardware. You can see the uint8 byte stream generated as per the packet structure in the
Display encoded data block.
The RX1 pin receives the uint8 byte stream which is decoded using
Protocol Decoder block and displays it on the
Display Decoded data blocks. Observe the output in the
Display Decoded data blocks which will be same as the value given in the
Constant blocks at the transmission end. Try changing values in the
Constant blocks and observe the changes in the display blocks.
3. Disconnect the wire from the RX1 pin.
Display Decoded data blocks now output
0. A value of
0 in the
Display IsNew block indicates that no new data is received at the given time step. If you reconnect the wire again, you can see that the values at the
Display Decoded data blocks are restored.
4. To stop running the model, click Stop.
Step 5: Run the Model in External Mode
After you successfully simulate the model in Connected I/O, simulate the model in External mode. Unlike Connected I/O, the model is deployed as a C code on the hardware. The code obtains real-time data from the hardware.
The Stop Time (under Simulation tab) is already set to
1. To tune parameters and monitor signals in this model while the application runs on the target hardware, on the Hardware tab, in the Mode section, select Run on board and then click Monitor & Tune.
The lower left corner of the model window displays status while Simulink prepares, downloads, and runs the model on the hardware.
2. To stop running the model, click Stop.
Other Things to Try
Try specifying a different packet structure using the block properties and observe the encoded data and decoded data in the