Current version

v1.02

Status

Completed, ready for production

Supported HW

EEZ PSU H24005 (Arduino Shield r3B4 or newer)

Simulator

Windows, Linux, OS X

File repository

https://github.com/eez-open/psu-firmware

License

GNU GPLv3

Contributions

C4.1 (Collective Code Construction Contract)

 

The PSU firmware program is an Arduino sketch that must be uploaded to the Arduino board connected to the Arduino shield module. Instructions about firmware downloading, compiling and uploading can be found here.

 

The firmware sketch was tested with the Arduino IDE 1.8.2 and requires three additional libraries that come with the source code distribution. When they are properly installed you should see them in the Arduino IDE as shown on the picture below.

 

Please download and install Ethernet2 and SCPI parser directly if Arduino IDE reports errors during compilation.

 

Fig. 1: Installed additional Arduino libraries

Software simulator

A unique feature of the firmware is the capability of running it without the underlying hardware. There is a software simulator (described in Section 9 of the SCPI reference guide). Another important firmware feature still rare (or almost non-existent) within the DIY/open hardware community is comprehensive support for SCPI. The SCPI represents the core of the firmware; it allows remote control of the bench power supply using various application suites designed for instrument control. For example, one can use the Keysight Command Expert freeware for the bench power supply control and monitoring.

Memory usage

Arduino Due

Sketch uses 415712 bytes (79%) of program storage space. Maximum is 524288 bytes.

Main page overview

 

Fig. 2: Main page default view items

 

Item

Description

Event viewer

Event viewer displays list of up to 100 recently recorded events about PSU activity like changing channel's output states, detected errors, self test errors, entering standby mode, etc.

AUX temperature sensor

AUX temperature sensor protection settings and state indication (Yellow – not defined/disabled, Green – enabled, Red – tripped). See also SYSTem:TEMPerature:PROTection[:HIGH][:LEVel]

Serial (USB) communication

Serial communication settings and indicator (Not visible – disabled, Yellow – enabled, Green – communication established). See also SYSTem:COMMunicate:SERial:BAUD

Ethernet communication

Serial communication settings and indicator (Not visible – disabled, Yellow – enabled, Green – communication established, Red – communication error). See also SYSTem:COMMunicate:ETHernet:ADDRess

INHibit pin state

Digital input pin INHibit state indicator (Not visible – undefined, White – defined, Red – activated). When PSU is in inhibited state all outputs are disabled and execution of LIST on channels is stopped. See also [SOURce:]DIGital:PIN<n>:FUNCtion

CH1 / CH2 LIST step countdown

Channel output programming LIST duration (DWELl) time countdown. Visible only for duration of 5 or more seconds formatted as hours/minutes, minutes/seconds or just seconds. See also [SOURce[<n>]]:LIST:DWELl

Main page appearance

Change main page appearance from numeric (default view, Fig. 2) to bar-graph horizontal, bar-graph vertical or YT-view (Fig. 3). See also DISPlay:VIEW

Channel ON/OFF or measured value

Use this area to enable (ON) or disable (OFF) channel output. When default appearance is selected measured output voltage is displayed when channel is in constant current (CC) mode or measured output current when channel is in constant voltage (CV) mode. If unregulated (UR) mode is detected, this value will be painted red. See also OUTPut[:STATe] and OUTPut:MODE?

Channel Low-ripple mode

Low ripple mode settings and indicator (Yellow – not active, Green – active). See also [SOURce[<n>]]:LRIPple

Channel Over-current protection

Over-current protection (and limit) settings and indicator (Yellow – not defined, Green – enabled, Red – tripped). See also [SOURce[<n>]]:CURRent:PROTection:STATe

Channel Over-voltage protection

Over-voltage protection (and limit) settings and indicator (Yellow – not defined, Green – enabled, Red – tripped). See also [SOURce[<n>]]:VOLTage:PROTection:STATe

Channel Over-temperature protection

Over-temperature protection (and limit) settings and indicator (Yellow – not defined, Green – enabled, Red – tripped). See also SYSTem:TEMPerature:PROTection[:HIGH][:LEVel]

Channel Over-power protection

Over-power protection (and limit) settings and indicator (Yellow – not defined, Green – enabled, Red – tripped). See also [SOURce[<n>]]:POWer:PROTection:STATe

Channel set voltage

Output voltage settings. See also [SOURce[<n>]]:VOLTage

Channel set current

Output current settings. See also [SOURce[<n>]]:CURRent

System settings

System settings provided on two pages:

Page (1): AUX temperature sensor, System protection, Trigger, Digital I/O, Date and time, Encoder

Page (2): Serial (USB), Ethernet, Channel calibration, Display, Sound, System password

User profiles

User profile settings. See also *SAV, MEMory:STATe:CATalog

Channel settings

Channels settings: Protections, Trigger, Advanced, Information. When channels are in tracking mode or coupled in series or parallel, only one Settings option will be available and values for both channels will be presented on Information page.

System information

System information provided on two pages:

Page (1): total on time, last on time, measured temperature on AUX sensor, fan speed, firmware version, serial number

Page (2): CPU board (Arduino Shield) revision, Ethernet controller, CH1/CH2 Power boards revisions, SCPI version

Display lock

Lock/unlock local display. To unlock system password will be required if defined. See also SYSTem:KLOCk and SYSTem:PASSword:NEW

Main page help

Main page basic help

Standby, Display off, Soft reset

Shows menu with options for entering Standby mode (SYSTem:POWer), switching TFT local display off (DISPlay[:WINdow][:STATe]) or perform soft reset (*RST).

If Standby mode is entered, you have to tap anywhere on the screen and hold it for few seconds for powering the PSU back.

 

Fig. 3: Other Main page appearances

Roadmap


Version


Description

Release
time frame

M1
(Milestone one)

SCPI compliant firmware for the power supply as an SCPI device class that includes programming of voltage, current, OVP (over-voltage protection), OCP (over-current protection), OPP (over-power protection) and OTP (over-temperature protection), output measurement, ADC/DAC voltage and current calibration, output control, remote sense control, power up control, system date/time (using RTC), diagnostic reporting, beeper, Ethernet and serial (via USB) communication. It also include support for complex SCPI status registers structure.

12/2015

M2

Adds support for a local console (within the PSU) based on a color TFT touch screen display as an input device that removes the requirement for many buttons and switches on the front panel. It also enables better user interaction thanks to use of a “pointing device” (i.e. your finger on the touch-screen) that commercial devices in general still do not offer.

Both portrait and landscape TFT display orientation will be supported and display pages will be generated using the EEZ Studio visual toolkit.

10/2016

M3

Channel coupling (parallel, series) with balancing, channel tracking, AUX temperature sensor OTP settings, fan speed control, negative power monitoring (power sink) for down-programmer protection, system lock/password management.

12/2016

M4

Encoder support, “YT view” for displaying output values, arbitrary waveform generator, triggers, initial SD card support.

03/2017

M5

Dual channel current range, a first time installation wizard, improved output value precision.

05/2017

v1.0

Digital I/O support, Ethernet settings, serial port settings, support for NTP (real-time clock synchronization).

06/2017

v1.01

Calibration bug fix for older Power board’s (r5B9). The native USB port is set as default one. A few minor improvements.

07/2017

v1.02

Few minor fixes

10/2017

v1.1

SD card file management, Data logging. See also GitHub Milestones section.

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Downloads

Files:
Software simulator for Windows v1.02 HOT

Software simulator for the bench power supply firmware. Could be used to test all supported functionality without underlying hardware. For other operating systems please visit our Github pages.

License GNU GPLv3 Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website Website Date Tuesday, 29 December 2015 14:47 Language  English System  Windows File Size 2.61 MB Download 1,263 Download
SCPI reference guide v1.0 HOT

This manual contains reference information for programming open hardware/open source EEZ bench power supply over the remote interface using the SCPI programming language.

License CC BY-SA 4.0 Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website Website Date Tuesday, 29 December 2015 15:14 Language  English File Size 1.17 MB Download 1,418 Download
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