Using adr2200 interrupt functions

The ADR2200 Relay I/O interface,  has four digital input lines ( PA0,PA1,PA2,PA3 ) that can be used to provide an interrupt to the host when an input is pulled low. Additionally, a sixteen bit trigger register can be loaded to provide an interrupt when the event counter reaches a specific count. All inputs have built in pull-up resistors tied to the 5 volt supply. When interrupts are enabled, bringing any line low or when the event counter reaches the trigger value, a two digit value is returned to the host. The first digit is the board address ( 0 - 9 ) and the second identifies the source of the interrupt ( 1 for PA0, 2 for PA1, 3 for PA2, 4 for PA3 and 5 for an event counter match). For example;

- an interrupt on PA0 on board 0 returns


- an event counter match on board 3 returns


Interrupts generated at the same instant will be returned with highest priority given to PA0, followed by PA1,PA2,PA3 and lastly, an event counter match. All interrupts are disabled on power up.

The Interrupt commands are;

IE Enables all interrupts

ID Disables all interrupts.

IS Returns status of interrupts ( 0 if disabled, 1 if enabled )

Tlnnnnn Loads event counter trigger value ( nnnnn = 0 to 65536 )

TS Returns event counter trigger value.


Notes To Operation.

1. The IE command is used to enable all interrupts, however, the event counter match interrupt is not enabled unless a trigger value other than 0 is loaded into the trigger register using the TLnnnnn command. The trigger register is loaded with 0 on power-up. To disable the event counter match interrupt an any time, load the trigger register with 0 using the TLnnnnn command.

2. The IS ( interrupt status ) command should be used following an ID ( interrupt disable ) command to verify interrupts have been disabled. This may be required in cases where there is a possibility of an interrupt being generated when the ID command is issued. The primary communication used by ADR2000 series interfaces is Half-Duplex RS485 and interrupt data may collide with the ID command resulting in the ID command not being received by the ADR2200.

3. Once an interrupt is generated and data is sent to the host, no further interrupts will be generated by that particular input unless the IE command is sent. When interrupt data is sent to the host, that input is masked until the IE command  is re-sent   to un-mask the input.

The following example shows use of the interrupts using Visual BASIC. This is a counter application which is initiated when an operator activates the " Start Count " button which is connected to PA2. At this point the event counter counts the pulses from the TTL compatible proximity detector and energizes K0 when a count of 160 is reached.

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Private Sub Start_Click()

Rem Ensure Relay K0 is off.

MSComm1.Output = "RK0" + Chr (13)

Rem Enable interrupts.

MSComm1.Output = "IE" + Chr (13)

Rem Wait for interrupt from switch.


Dummy = DoEvents()

Loop Until MSComm.InBufferCount >= 3

Rem Display interrupt in text window. ( Empties input buffer )

Text1.Text = MSComm1.input

Rem Clear event counter

MSComm1.Output = "CE" + Chr (13)

Rem Load trigger register with 160 ( also enables counter interrupt )

MSComm1.Output = "TL160" + Chr (13)

Rem Wait for interrupt from event counter.


Dummy = DoEvents()

Loop Until MSComm.InBufferCount >= 3

Rem Display interrupt in text window. ( Empties input buffer )

Text1.Text = MSComm1.input

Rem Energize relay K0 ( Turns on RED lamp.)

MSComm1.Output = "SK0" + Chr (13)

End Sub

Notes on operation of program.

1. Waiting for interrupts requires a loop until 3 characters ( Interrupt Data + CR ) are received by the serial input buffer.

2. Interrupt data is retrieved to empty the input buffer and displayed in a text window for troubleshooting purposes.

                              3.       Interrupt data can be read as a variable and tested to determine source of interrupt. In this example it was not required as only one interrupt was   possible at one time. The counter interrupt ( 05 ) was not enabled until the switch interrupt ( 03 ) was received.


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