Host Serial Transmit

Configure host-side serial communications interface to transmit data to serial port

  • Library:
  • Motor Control Blockset / Protection and Diagnostics

Description

The Host Serial Transmit block specifies the configuration of the data that it transmits to the target hardware.

The data package that the block sends is limited to 16 bytes of ASCII characters, including package headers and terminators. Calculate the size of a package by including the package header, or terminator, or both, and the data size. This table shows the number of bytes in each data type.

Data TypeByte Count

single

4 bytes

int8 and uint8

1 byte

int16 and uint16

2 bytes

int32 and uint32

4 bytes

For example, if your data package has a package header 'S' (1 byte) and package terminator 'E' (1 byte), that leaves 14 bytes for the actual data. If your data is of type int8, there is space in the data package for 14 int8s. If your data is of type uint16, there is space in the data package for 7 uint16s. If your data is of type int32, there is space in the data package for only 3 int32s, with 2 bytes left over. Even though you could fit two int8s or one uint16 in the remaining space, you should not, because you cannot mix data types in the same package.

The number of data types that can fit into a data package determine the data size. In the preceding example, the data size is 14 for int8 and 7 for uint16. When the data size exceeds 16 bytes, unexpected behavior, including run-time errors, are likely to occur.

Ports

Input

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This port accepts both one-dimensional and matrix data for transmission to the target hardware.

Data Types: single | int8 | uint8 | int16 | uint16 | int32 | uint32

Parameters

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Specify a serial port to transmit to the target hardware. Select an available serial port from the list. You can configure the selected port using the Host Serial Setup block. If you do not configure a serial port, the block prompts you to do so. Each Host Serial Transmit block must have a configured serial port. If you use multiple ports in your simulation, you must configure each port separately.

Specifies the data located at the front of the transmitted data package, which is not part of the data being transmitted, and generally indicates start of data. The additional package header must be an ASCII value. You can use a text value or a numeric value in the range (0–255). You must put single quotes around the text that you enter in this field, but the quotes are not transmitted and they are not included in the total byte count.

Specifies the data located at the end of the transmitted data package, which is not part of the data being transmitted, and generally indicates end of data. The additional package terminator must be an ASCII value. You can use a text value or a numeric value in the range (0–255). You must put single quotes around text entered in this field, but the quotes are not transmitted and they are not included in the total byte count.

Select this parameter to block the simulation while transmitting data. Clear this parameter if you do not want the write operation to block the simulation.

Introduced in R2020a