Works (almost) as expected

20130825-133922.jpgThe picture shows the board plugged into GPIO expansion headers of the Raspberry Pi. The question was: Will the “new” hardware work with the “old” software controlling the CC1101 and responsible for receiving the RF messages? Well, only partly. The SPI communication worked directly without any changes neccessary. But, not a single RF message was received by this “new” hardware. The reason is, that the Anaren A1101R08A-EM1 evaluation module uses a 27 MHz crystal osciallator, while the previous hardware and also the RFBee used a 26 MHz crystal oscillator. All my calculations regarding the frequencies (frequency related configuration registers in the CC1101) where of course based on 26 MHz, and had to be recalculated. After having done that, everything worked pretty well.

Message from socket:  1810755110755130C903000849EF -81dBm
Message from socket:  1800A20100A20130C9030008CCD2 -66dBm
Message from socket:  1810755132BC3F10600301FF0171 -82dBm
Message from socket:  1810755132BC3F2309030101F4C0 -82dBm
Message from socket:  1810751A32BC3F315002010098 -79dBm
Message from socket:  1632BC3F0B1F09030008205F -79dBm
Message from socket:  1632B44AE21F09030008574E -73dBm
Message from socket:  1800A1E2FFFFFF10600301FF01F4 -74dBm
Message from socket:  181071F91071F930C9030008CC24 -68dBm
Message from socket:  181071E8FFFFFF23090302083415 -50dBm
Message from socket:  181071E532B44A3150020100CE -80dBm
Message from socket:  1810755132BC3F10600301FF0171 -81dBm
Message from socket:  1800A20132B44A230903010834A9 -66dBm
Message from socket:  1810751A32BC3F2309030101F4F7 -81dBm

After soldering

This is how the board looks like after soldering the two plug connectors and the GPI connector for the Raspberry Pi. Can’t wait to check if my software will work it …


BTW: I still have one PCB left and also the required plug connectors and a GPIO socket. So, if you like to have it please contact me and we can talk about a fair compensation.

PCB: First picture of the baby

Although it is not in production yet, Elektor PCB Service has made available a first picture of the PCB I designed a few days before in Eagle. I am really excited and wonder if everything will work as expected … as soon I hold it in my hands.

On the right side you can see the holes for the 2×13 pin socket for putting the PCB on the Raspberry PI’s GPIO header, while on the left side you can see the holes for the two Samtec TFM-110-01-L-D-A headers.