This is the firmware for the PD Buddy project. Currently, this specifically means the PD Buddy Sink. The firmware is currently under heavy development, but is largely functional.
To compile the firmware, you must first install the GNU ARM Embedded Toolchain. Details of its installation is beyond the scope of this README. Once the toolchain is installed, clone this repository with:
$ git clone --recursive http://git.clayhobbs.com/pd-buddy/pd-buddy-firmware.git
This will give you a complete copy of the repository, including the ChibiOS submodule.
With all the dependencies installed, the firmware can be compiled as follows:
$ cd pd-buddy-firmware $ make
This compiles the firmware to
The firmware can be flashed in any number of ways, including but not limited to the following:
Set the boot mode switch on the PD Buddy Sink to DFU mode and plug it into your computer. Flash the firmware with:
$ dfu-util -a 0 -s 0x08000000:leave -D build/pd-buddy-firmware.bin
Don’t forget to set the switch back to normal mode after unplugging the device.
If you have an ST-LINK/V2, you can use it to flash the firmware via SWD as follows:
$ st-flash write build/pd-buddy-firmware.bin 0x8000000
OpenOCD can also be used to flash the firmware. For example:
$ openocd -f interface/stlink-v2.cfg -f target/stm32f0x.cfg -c "program build/pd-buddy-firmware.elf verify reset exit"
After first flashing the PD Buddy Sink, the device has no configuration. To configure it, plug it into your computer while holding the “Setup” button. The LED should blink once per second to indicate that the device is in configuration mode. There are then two ways to configure the Sink: a serial terminal, or the configuration GUI.
Connect to the PD Buddy Sink with your favorite serial console program, such as
GNU Screen, Minicom, or PuTTY. Press Enter, and you should be
greeted with a
PDBS) prompt. The
help command gives brief summaries of
each of the available commands.
To configure the PD Buddy Sink to request 2.25 A at 20 V, run the following commands:
PDBS) set_v 20000 PDBS) set_i 2250 PDBS) write
write is run, the chosen settings are written to flash. You can then
simply disconnect the Sink from your computer.
For more information about the serial console configuration interface, see
The Sink can also be configured by the PD Buddy Configuration GUI. For more information, see that repository’s README.
Once the Sink has been configured, just plug it into your USB PD power supply. If the supply is capable of putting out the configured current at the configured voltage, the Sink will negotiate it, then turn on its output and blink the LED three times to indicate success. If the supply cannot output enough power, the Sink will turn its LED on solid to indicate failure, and leave its output turned off.