Comm Operator v4.9 supports Quick Send – I2C Panel. It provides a way to communicate with I2C devices through FTDI FT232H based USB to I2C bridge.
Here will show you how to test CMPS11 –I2C Mode with Comm Operator I2C Panel.
CMPS11 is tilt compensated compass module of Robot Electronics.
Download Comm Operator v4.9 beta version.
Step 1: Download and install Comm Operator.
Step 2: Connect CMPS11 with your computer through FTDI FT232H based USB to I2C bridge. According to CMPS11 document, leave the Mode pin unconnected to enter the I2C mode.
Step 3: Run Comm Operator, and Open Connection –> I2C Bridge to connect CMPS11 module.
Step 4: Click menu View –> I2C Panel to show Quick Send – I2C Panel.
Step 5: Click Scan button to search CMPS11 module I2C address.
If you know the device address, you can just select it from the drop-down list.
Step 6: CMPS11 module is ready to communicate in I2C mode now.
According to I2C protocol and CMPS11 document, CMPS11 has a 28-byte array of registers, organized as below.
Example 1: Read the version
Check Write and Read, and input data ”00” in HEX format (It’s the Register 0.), then click Send button to read the version value.
Example 2: Read compass bearing 8-bit
Check Write and Read, and input data ”01” in HEX format (It’s the Register 1.), then click Send button to read compass bearing 8-bit.
Here compass bearing 8-bit value is 110. According to 0-255 for a full circle 0-359 degree, (110/255)*359=154.86, it is about 155 degree.
Example 3: Read compass bearing 16-bit
Check Write and Read. Input data ”02” in HEX format, and select Read Data Length “2”(It will read Register 2 and 3) , then click Send button to read compass bearing 16-bit.
Here compass bearing 16-bit value is 0x0613. Click Calc button to open Calculator panel, input Hex 0613, click update button to get its Decimal 1555. According to 0-3559 representing 0-359.9 degree, compass bearing is 155.5.
If CMPS11 module is moved, repeat to read Register 1, 2 and 3 the compass bearing value will be changed.
Step 7: Click Edit button to show I2C Data Editor. You can edit address and data here in binary.
Step 8: Check Add to List when you send data to CMPS11 module, the data will be added to Send Data List automatically. It’s pretty handy to save the list for later use. You can also Download CMPS11-I2C.sds file, and load it in Comm Operator directly to test your CMPS11 module.