Bornhack Badge 2017
About the hardware
The Bornhack 2017 badge is based around a SiLabs Happy Gecko microcontroller, an OLED graphical display, a few buttons and a USB interface.
The microcontroller is a Cortex-M0+ with built in USB, specifically we are using the EFM32HG322F64G and one of the 128x64 pixels OLED displays with an SSD1306 controller.
We have separated the hardware design files from the code and put them in the hardware branch for you to have a look at and build on.
You can download the microcontroller reference manual and datasheet directly from SiliconLabs.
About the code
This repo is meant as a starting point for developing your own code for the Bornhack 2017 badge.
Although main.c is quite long it is not meant to scare you. Rather it is meant to show in all its gory details how to actually program microcontrollers that doesn't run any operating system without hiding anything behind a thick API. However to make things readable it does make use of the geckonator library. This is a very thin wrapper around the registers of the Happy Gecko chip on the badge. It allows us to write something like
rather than the more cryptic
CMU->LFACLKEN0 &= ~CMU_LFACLKEN0_RTC;
Don't worry. The compiler will sort it out and do exactly as if you'd written the cryptic version.
Scroll to the bottom of main.c and you'll see an infinite loop.
This is the 'mainloop' of the program. It simply waits for events
such as button presses and reacts to those. When there are no
more events to be processed in the internal queue you'll get one last
event before the chip will sleep and wait for more events.
Events are added to the queue by the interrupt handler functions. You can recognize those
by the fact that they're public (ie. not marked by
static) and their name will
_IRQHandler. Before entering the mainloop the chip is configured to
call these handlers on certain events such the voltage on a pin dropping from above 1.5V
to below 0.3V caused by the press of a button.
Develop software online
Go to badge.xil.se, click "All Projects" and choose the official example. Start hacking. Once your code compiles this is how you program your badge:
- Click the "Download binary" button to download the compiled code.
- Connect the USB cable to the board and your computer.
- Press the BOOT button on the badge.
- Copy the downloaded
.bin-file to the
GECKOBOOTUSB stick that appeared on your computer.
- Eject (or unmount) the USB stick, and watch your code run.
Develop software locally
1. Install dependencies
pacman -S arm-none-eabi-gcc arm-none-eabi-newlib make
apt-get install gcc-arm-none-eabi libnewlib-arm-none-eabi make
Unfortunately the toolchain in Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 is too old to work out of the box.
dnf install arm-none-eabi-gcc arm-none-eabi-newlib make
Download an arm-none-eabi toolchain from ARM here.
Unpack the tarball and update your PATH variable to point to the unpacked
Download the apropriate installer from ARM here. Install it and update your path. You'll also need GNU Make installed. A pre-built version can be downloaded here.
Use Windows Subsystem for Linux with Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial or newer and proceed as on Ubuntu above.
2. Get the source code
If you already have git installed
git clone https://github.com/bornhack/badge2017.git cd badge2017
Otherwise you can download a tarball or zip file from https://github.com/bornhack/badge2017
3. Build the code
make in the downloaded directory.
If the build fails (fx. on Debian Jessie and Ubuntu Xenial)
try editing the
Makefile and uncommenting the line which says
If there are no compilation errors this will result in a
code.bin in the
4. Program the badge with your compiled code
Proceed as above, but instead of downloading your
.bin-file use the
just generated above.
Alternatively you can install a program called dfu-util. With this program installed
you can simply put the badge in bootloader mode by pressing the BOOT button,
and then type
make dfu. Usually your dfu-util package comes with rules to give
your user (and hence dfu-util) access to the raw USB device. If not you might need
sudo make dfu.
Examples developed during Bornhack 2017
This repo also contains a few branches with examples developed at Barnhack. You can check them out locally with
git clone -b <BRANCH> https://github.com/bornhack/badge2017.git
..or just switch to the branch in your regular clone of this repo.
- gimp - gimp can export pictures as C-code usable on the badge
- bornhackfish - Standard example, but with fish and physics
- snake - Play snake on your badge
- starfield - Fly through space