LPC810 mini ARM Prozessor in 8 pin dip package

Probably they will provide the low level drivers

Yes they will, it's in progress as we speak. Like I said it's only an issue for "system" programmers, IE those who work with the bare metal, most Arduino users will neither know nor care.

For many cost sensitive applications it would be usedful to have just the chip like the LPC810

Yeah, having an ARM in an 8-pin DIP is amazing. Nice job with the Due programmer.


Rob

Graynomad:

would it be possible to use the Arduino IDE ( for Arduino DUE ) to compile the code for the LPC810 ?

Not as it is, I think you would have to add your own variant file and core libraries but that’s not an area I’m very familiar with.

@Bob/Chris, is it worth trying to develop an LPC Arduino port that will support several versions of LPC? It’s certainly been an interest of mine but TBH I’m probably more HW than SW. I can certainly write code (was employed to do so for many years) but it’s the toolchain stuff and organisation of files to allow all different CPUs that I struggle with.

Yes and yes! Struggling with toolchains is right up my creek. :slight_smile: I have been wanting to get more into extending Arduino IDE so I decided to bite the bullet and have a go. Arduino 1.5.x makes it quite easy, it already has GCC-ARM compiler.

So what I did is take Chris’s code and with a few minor changes put it into an Arduino structure. Seems to build OK with the Arduino 1.5.7 IDE but I don’t have an 810 to test with. (I’ve got nearly a dozen LPC dev boards, but nothing with 8xx series, so I have ordered one from ebay.) I haven’t looked at uploading, this was more of a test of the concept.

It actually went better than I expected, the Arduino team have made it really easy! Most of the code went into LPC8/cores/lpc810 and the Arduino framework builds it automatically. It should be easy to create new core types and board variants.

I’m not sure where example sketches should go, I compiled the blink sketch for 810 with a small change (include of sketch_ino.h not required), I haven’t tried the others.

arduino_lpc810 by donotdespisethesnake, on Flickr

There are some linker warnings I don’t really understand, and no doubt some other loose ends, e.g. Linux, Mac etc.

The complete add-on package is attached. It should be unzipped into the Arduino sketch folder, so you get a path like “C:\Users\bob\Documents\Arduino\hardware\OpenNxp…”

I propose to create a github repository to contain the code. Any comments on that idea or anything else please fire away.

ETA: I’ve now compiled all the sketches and included into package.

lpc810_for_arduino.zip (66 KB)

Hi bobcousins,

your work is great :-)

I propose to create a github repository to contain the code. I forked a github repo for LPC-arduino here: https://github.com/ChrisMicro/LPC810_CodeBase But I don't know in detail how to work with github project teams.

ChrisMicro: your work is great :-)

I propose to create a github repository to contain the code. I forked a github repo for LPC-arduino here: https://github.com/ChrisMicro/LPC810_CodeBase But I don't know in detail how to work with github project teams.

Thanks, I really just rearranged it :)

I think it is fairly essential that the git folder structure reflects the target structure, i.e. a user can do a git pull and then copy the tree to Arduino folder. Otherwise it is a nightmare to manage. git doesn't provide an easy way to link files that have the same content, so it's best to copy the ones that are needed to the new place.

Collaboration can be done in github with pull requests which is good for large projects with lots of contributors, but does have more overhead. A lighter method is to specify named collaborators who have full access equivalent to the repo owner., or most often a combination of both.

We could also set up an "Organization" which would perhaps be a cleaner way to do it, I haven't tried that before. Looks pretty easy though. We need to think of a good name for it...

I just ordered two 11U68 Xpresso boards (OM13058), they have Arduino headers so would be suitable for a port. But while there I noticed that the "LPC800 / LPC812 MAX Board" has Arduino headers as well.

http://www.embeddedartists.com/products/lpcxpresso/lpc812_max.php

And there's the Arch board as well, that's 3 CPUs at least, plus I already have code for the 1227, and it looks like there are other Xpresso boards with Arduino headers, the LPC1549 for example

So far we're talking about maybe 3-5 CPUs, does anybody know if the peripherals are the same? Or does that mean 3-5 separate cores?

As for the Git stuff the "Organisation" sounds ok but as mentioned I have no idea about this stuff.

IF anything is going to happen though some organisation is required and also some deep thought to try and make a platform that can be used with all LPCs, or at least a good cross section of the models.

FWIW here's a link to my Git repo

https://github.com/Graynomad/LARD

I know almost nothing about Git except that it's totally unintelligible, it's a miracle I got those files up at all :)

My code has a LOT of stuff for error handling etc. For example every "thing" is an object (well it's C so a structure) with guard bytes at each end and a type byte, all functions that use that object test those bytes.

This is way over the top for the average Arduino project and too heavy for the 800 (about 26k last I looked I think, but that includes a LOT of code for strings etc that is non core). But my goal at the time was to make a framework that was more industrial strength.

Note that there are a lot of debugging calls to toggle pins (pin14high(); for example), ignore them.


Rob

Graynomad: So far we're talking about maybe 3-5 CPUs, does anybody know if the peripherals are the same? Or does that mean 3-5 separate cores?

IME peripherals are only identical within CPU families, e.g. LPC13xx, and may be similar or just quite different between families, so LPC11xx has some completely different peripherals to LPC13xx. e.g. the gpio block is a lot simpler. I haven't looked in detail across the range.

So it might be difficult to create a common library. I still think it is useful to have a single "LPC support package" though. Perhaps the point of commonality is the Arduino API, so at least users can move from one LPC to another with relative ease.

I'd be happy to set up and coordinate github activity. I think I will set up my own repo anyway and anyone can fork it as they wish, and I'd be quite happy to give people access.

Git has a lot of "advanced" features, more than I can fully understand, so I tend to use 2 or 3 basic operations and keep it simple. Github also has some great features which are quite easy to use, like the issue tracker.

I would like to set up a framework for other LPCs, and write some Arduino libs for the ones I have. Microbuilder have some good code, I think that could be a good starting point.

Hi bobcousins,

I just tried your Arduino rearrangment and copied it in the Arduino Folders.

But when I press "compile", I get the following error:

/home/.../arduino-1.5.7/hardware/OpenNxp/LPC8/cores/lpc810/arduino.c:12:21: fatal error: arduino.h: No such file or directory #include "arduino.h"

Where do I have to place the missing header files?

The file structure needs a correction to a path.

Change \hardware\OpenNxp\LPC8\

to

\hardware\OpenNxp\avr\

ChrisMicro: But when I press "compile", I get the following error:

/home/.../arduino-1.5.7/hardware/OpenNxp/LPC8/cores/lpc810/arduino.c:12:21: fatal error: arduino.h: No such file or directory #include "arduino.h"

Where do I have to place the missing header files?

Sorry, that's a problem with case-sensitive file names, in Windows I get lazy. In file "OpenNxp\LPC8\cores\lpc810\arduino.c", it should include "Arduino.h" not "arduino.h". I think that is the only place.

should include "Arduino.h" not "arduino.h". I OK, now it's compiling. If you want, you can setup the main repository in github. The question is, how can we get my existing library into it. The next two days I will probably be off, so I will answer later.

Graynomad:

would it be possible to use the Arduino IDE ( for Arduino DUE ) to compile the code for the LPC810 ?

Not as it is, I think you would have to add your own variant file and core libraries but that's not an area I'm very familiar with.

It should be possible. The "Teensy" is ARM based and it manages to integrate itself.

ChrisMicro:

should include “Arduino.h” not “arduino.h”. I
OK, now it’s compiling.
If you want, you can setup the main repository in github. The question is, how can we get my existing library into it.
The next two days I will probably be off, so I will answer later.

I have now set up a github repo https://github.com/bobc/OpenLasp.

I’m not sure what you mean about your existing library, I’ve already incorporated it! I had to make a few changes, e.g. because an Arduino sketch is a C++ program. So you will probably want to keep your standalone LPC810 repo separate.

I’ll get the upload tool working next.

Hi Bob, wow ... in your GitHub repo I saw that you have been quite busy. You even have started the LPC11 part. I just forked the repo and I will play around a little bit. Do you have meanwhile some LPC810 hardware and could you test some code?

Greynomad wrote:

As for the Git stuff the "Organisation" sounds ok but as mentioned I have no idea about this stuff. I know almost nothing about Git except that it's totally unintelligible, it's a miracle I got those files up at all smiley

What IDE or editor are you using? I started with a simple editor and a make file. And I tried the GIT command line. This was very complicated. But later I began to use Eclipse. There is a plugin called EGit. With this it is really easy to use git. You just right click on the file

team -> commit

and than you can store your modifications.

I use the LPC Xpresso IDE, I gather that's based on Eclipse so maybe EGit will work with it.


Rob

I use the LPC Xpresso IDE

Hmm... I think that could work. Using the LPC-Project is very simple. First you have to install EGit.

RightClick on the projects-explorer-window -> import -> Git -> Projects from Git -> "Clone Button" on the right site Than you can place

https://github.com/bobc/OpenLasp

in the URI-Field. Than Eclipse should be able to download the repo.

Better is if you fork the project first in Git to your on GitHub account.

There is a simple Tutorial for EGit: http://eclipsesource.com/blogs/tutorials/egit-tutorial/

Hi Bob,

I tried to install OpenLasp like you described it:

Installation procedure:

Copy the Arduino/hardware folder to your sketches folder Copy the OpenLaspExamples folder to your sketches folder Restart Arduino IDE

But it didn't work as expected. Instead I had to do the following:

copy /OpenLasp/Arduino/hardware/OpenLasp/LPC8 to /arduino-1.5.7/hardware/arduino/LPC8

Now the programmer file is missing:
java.io.IOException: Cannot run program “/home/christoph/arduino-1.5.7/hardware/arduino/tools/lpc_upload.sh”: java.io.IOException: error=2, Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden

LPC1114 version: I don't have LPC8xx yet but I do have several LPC11xx boards so I though I would have a go at it. I wanted try the "variant" support. It proved a little more tricky, the IDE does not automatically build the required library, it has to be pre-built with makefile and put into source tree. Possibly there is a better way to do it, I might make some inquiries on dev list.

There is a git gui (command "git gui" or "gitk") which runs on Linux and Windows. There are a few things I do on the command line still but generally I use the GUI for most regular operations, commit, push. The GUI is not totally slick as it could be, but generally OK. I would love to have a simpler/better version. Github have a windows client, but I don't use it.

ChrisMicro: I tried to install OpenLasp like you described it:

Installation procedure:

Copy the Arduino/hardware folder to your sketches folder Copy the OpenLaspExamples folder to your sketches folder Restart Arduino IDE

But it didn't work as expected.

In what way did it not work? I just tried it on Linux, and it worked the way I expected. There are some changes needed to the lpc_upload.sh script, I hadn't quite finished that.

To be clear, there is an Arduino "install" folder, and a "user" sketch folder. OpenLasp was designed to be installed into the user folder.

The paths will be different if you install elsewhere, and it may/may not work. It seems from your later message that it compiles but doesn't find the right tools folder.

I made a couple of assumptions, 1) it is better to install into user folder rather than patching the Arduino install, 2) an installer is not required, as it is a simple folder copy

I could be wrong about both of those things!

2) an installer is not required, as it is a simple folder copy I like simplicity, so I think it is ok to install the whole thing in the user folder. But on my system it didn't work so I copied the things into the correct "install" folders. Probably it is a issue of the Arduino IDE version: I have 1.5.7 32bit on Ubuntu.

There is another issue. The bash script for the programmer didn't work: https://github.com/ChrisMicro/OpenLasp/commit/466c9fbf15e707077878719058f8e0677d2b5a55 and it is necessary to set the "execution bits" of the files.