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serdac is two channel a serial to analog interface, designed to control a power wheelchair through a modified joystick. For more information see http://www.hackingsma.com/?p=257 The serdac PCB and a 5-pin XLR connector replace the analog joystick. Serial data is transmitted in a packet format, each channel value is represented by a signed 16-bit integer (although the dac is only 12-bit, the low 4 bits are ignored). If the incoming serial data stream stops for more than 100ms the device reverts to neutral (1/2 vref) output voltage for two seconds before resuming normal operation. serdac receives serial data at 115200 baud, 8N1 the data packet format is as follows: 0xaa (sync) 0xaa (sync) 0x04 (length of payload to follow, ie. 4 bytes) Xmsb Xlsb Ymsb Ylsb chksum ( (Xmsb + Xlsb + Ymsb + Ylsb) % 256 ) Other notes: I have tried modifying two different Invacare 1812 joysticks and both exhibit low sensitivity and poor linearity on the left side of the throw. I originally thought that the problem was either with the joysticks or the serdac d/a converter but I have confirmed that the problem is not related to either. I suspect that the problem is with the Invacare joystick firmware or possibly even the TDX3 firmware. The remedy is to swap the X/Y axes in both the chair programming and the serial data source. This moves the problem from the left to the reverse direction, where it is less of an issue.