A new firmware release 1.1.1 is available for Frankfurt RS-232. This is a bug fix release and it fixes a problem that occurs sometimes when sending frames with maximum length. Typically this happens when bootloading a device over the VSCP daemon.
after the recent release of the new version of VSCP & Friends we finally have time to do some hardware development again. Two new modules are available.
CAN4VSCP Power Injector
This module is makes it possible to power 16 x CAN4VSCP modules using the daisy chain connector. It also have two RJ-35 connectors and terminators for the bus on board. Usage is typically to connect several CAN4VSCP boards together in a cabinet, either as a self contained unit or connected to other groups of modules. DIN or wall mount options are available.
Accra is a counter board that can count pulses on four channels. In addition to counting pulses it can also measure frequency. The main intended use is for power/water/other meter interfacing using S0 pulses or other means. But there are numerous other usages for this powerful module for sure. The Accra module is capable of outputting an appropriate measurement unit from a pulsed channel and can thus output kWh from a power meter for example or liters of used water from a water meter. This of course make it very easy to handle the data sent from the module, graphing or just collecting it. DIN or wall mount options are available.
The Accra counter module is up and running now and we are doing the last debugging of it. Available in the FrogShop next week I hope. It is just lovely I can tell you AND useful.
Also got boards for Moscow, the Power Injector and Frankfurt USB today.
Moscow is a wifi board that connect CAN4VSCP to wifi, typically connects to a VSCP daemon or something like that.
The Power Injector is a board that can be used to connect CAN4VSCP boards together without the RJ-45 cabling by using the expansion (daisy chain) connector of the modules. Will be available in the FrogShop next week.
The Frankfurt USB is the Frankfurt RS-232 with built in USB. That is it is powered from the host. It will be available in two versions. One for DIN mount and one in a boxed version. The boxed version will be the first that will be available. This “thingi” has big buffers in addition to all the features of the Frankfurt RS-232.
Got a great tip from a customer (Maarten Zanders in Belgium) for the Beijing module. His words below.
Here’s a tip for if you use Beijing to process buttons. If you want to add stronger pull-ups (the PIC’s internal pullups are too weak to be used on physical -long- wire), there’s a component from “the old days” that can help you out: SIL resistor arrays.
– Bug fixes.
– Added command that reset all settings to default.
– Timestamps added as an option.
– Find command previously could hang if node was alone on bus. Now works.
– Bus error conditions and reporting now works.
– Binary protocol more solid.
– rreg/wreg now show node id.
– Info is displayed for invalid node.
– Can now work on baudrates up to 1 Mbit on both windows and Linux and 500 Kbits in
a secure way.
– Hardware handshake supported.
– ACK handshake supported for bad transmission lines.
A new version of the firmware for the CAN4VSCP Beijing I/O module is out. The firmware fixes some bugs and add a register (register 46) that makes it possible to adjust the button input debounce sensibility. Also there is a bit added (bit 0) to the Module Control register that makes it possible to turn of repeats for button events. This is aimed at users that use the Beijing module to interface buttons of different kinds.