Userspace Arduino:To Do

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A to do list of all the things for Userspace Arduino project started in GSoC '13

Transfer Options


  • GNU Netcat networking tool
  • Can create a connection using nc -w 1 1114 < on the server (in this case the machine running the Energia IDE), and nc -lp 1114 > on the Beaglebone. 1114 is a random port number which has to be the same on client as well as server side.
  • Some issue with sending .bin files directly. Mostly it was with how the file ends, not sure. So need to zip the file.
  • Requires no authentication
  • A script will be needed to listen on a particular port on the BBB for any incoming connections which will receive, unzip and execute the code.


Emulating the Arduino bootloader

  • The Arduino Bootloader uses a protocol similar to STK500v1 (over UART, though)
  • One way to program (copy) the binaries would be to emulate the protocol on the bone over USB gadget and use AVRDude on the IDE side
  • However this would be cumbersome, since the protocol was designed to write bytes to flash memory, not copy files.
  • Energia uses mspdebug to flash the MSP430 using a serialized version of JTAG called Spy-Bi-Wire (SBW).
  • File transfer protocols over serial like XMODEM and ZMODEM could be explored for an easier and more compatible option to Upload the binaries.
  • Install the lrzsz package on both the host (PC) and the client (Beaglebone):
apt-get install lrzsz
  • Connect the Beaglebone via USB and determine the port (for e.g. /dev/ttyUSB1). Once the OS is booted up, start the transfer:
sz -vv -b filename.bin < /dev/ttyUSB1 > /dev/ttyUSB1

HTTP post

  • Send executable over port 80
  • On BBB, listen for any uploads and execute them