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Create innovative entertainment experiences with VZ43FC1B5640007L and PIC18LF45K42

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Vibro Motor 2 Click with EasyPIC v8

Published Sep 10, 2023

Click board™

Vibro Motor 2 Click

Development board

EasyPIC v8

Compiler

NECTO Studio

MCU

PIC18LF45K42

Elevate user interactions by incorporating controlled vibrations into your devices, providing tactile feedback that enhances user engagement

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Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Vibro Motor 2 Click is based on the VZ43FC1B5640007L, a compact Eccentric Rotating Mass (ERM) motor that generates vibration/haptic feedback from Vybronics. This motor contains a small eccentric weight on its rotor, producing a vibration effect while rotating it. The VZ43FC1B5640007L draws a typical 100mA while creating a sizable vibration force of 0.91G and makes an excellent choice for applications requiring crisp haptic feedback and low power consumption. This Click board™ also uses the

DMG3420U N-channel MOSFET to drive the ERM motor since the MCU cannot provide enough power for the motor driving. The PWM signal drives the gate of the MOSFET, routed to the PWM pin of the mikroBUS™ socket. The PWM signal toggles the MOSFET gate with pulses of a certain width. As a result, the current through the motor is varied depending on the pulse width of the PWM signal, which directly affects the speed of the motor, effectively controlling the vibration force that way. The circuit also contains a protection

diode, which protects the transistor from the reverse voltage since the motor represents an inductive load. Turning off its current can produce a kickback voltage that can damage the transistor. This Click board™ can be operated only with a 3.3V logic voltage level. The board must perform appropriate logic voltage level conversion before using MCUs with different logic levels. Also, it comes equipped with a library containing functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.

Vibro Motor 2 Click top side image
Vibro Motor 2 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports many high pin count 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip, regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others, in one place. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, EasyPIC v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the EasyPIC v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module, which offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment, the board also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development board. It can use a wide range of external power sources, including a battery, an external 12V power supply, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector.

Communication options such as USB-UART, USB DEVICE, and CAN are also included, including the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, two display options (graphical and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from the smallest PIC MCU devices with only eight up to forty pins. EasyPIC v8 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

EasyPIC v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU

PIC18LF45K42

Architecture

PIC

MCU Memory (KB)

32

Silicon Vendor

Microchip

Pin count

40

RAM (Bytes)

2048

Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

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AN
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RST
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CS
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SCK
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MISO
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MOSI
Power Supply
3.3V
3.3V
Ground
GND
GND
PWM Signal
RC0
PWM
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INT
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TX
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RX
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SCL
NC
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SDA
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5V
Ground
GND
GND
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Take a closer look

Schematic

Vibro Motor 2 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v8 as your development board.

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly
Buck 22 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 40 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v8 DIP MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto DIP image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

Track your results in real time

Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for Vibro Motor 2 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • vibromotor2_set_duty_cycle - This function sets the PWM duty cycle in percentages ( Range[ 0..1 ] )

  • vibromotor2_pwm_stop - This function stops the PWM moudle output

  • vibromotor2_pwm_start - This function starts the PWM moudle output.

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

/*!
 * @file main.c
 * @brief VibroMotor2 Click example
 *
 * # Description
 * This application contorl the speed of vibro motor.
 *
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * 
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initializes GPIO driver and PWM.
 * Configures PWM to 5kHz frequency, calculates maximum duty ratio and starts PWM 
 * with duty ratio value 0.
 * 
 * ## Application Task  
 * Allows user to enter desired command to control
 * Vibro Motor Click board.
 *
 * @author Stefan Ilic
 *
 */

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "vibromotor2.h"


static vibromotor2_t vibromotor2;
static log_t logger;

void application_init ( void ) {
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;  /**< Logger config object. */
    vibromotor2_cfg_t vibromotor2_cfg;  /**< Click config object. */

    /** 
     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
     */
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, " Application Init " );

    // Click initialization.

    vibromotor2_cfg_setup( &vibromotor2_cfg );
    VIBROMOTOR2_MAP_MIKROBUS( vibromotor2_cfg, MIKROBUS_1 );
    err_t init_flag  = vibromotor2_init( &vibromotor2, &vibromotor2_cfg );
    if ( PWM_ERROR == init_flag ) {
        log_error( &logger, " Application Init Error. " );
        log_info( &logger, " Please, run program again... " );

        for ( ; ; );
    }

    vibromotor2_set_duty_cycle ( &vibromotor2, 0.0 );
    vibromotor2_pwm_start( &vibromotor2 );

    log_info( &logger, " Application Task " );
}

void application_task ( void ) {
    static int8_t duty_cnt = 1;
    static int8_t duty_inc = 1;
    float duty = duty_cnt / 10.0;
    
    vibromotor2_set_duty_cycle ( &vibromotor2, duty );
    log_printf( &logger, "> Duty: %d%%\r\n", ( uint16_t )( duty_cnt * 10 ) );
    
    Delay_ms( 500 );
    
    if ( 10 == duty_cnt ) {
        duty_inc = -1;
    } else if ( 0 == duty_cnt ) {
        duty_inc = 1;
    }
    duty_cnt += duty_inc;
}

void main ( void ) {
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; ) {
        application_task( );
    }
}

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