Getting Current Voltage Input (VIN) on TS-7670 or TS-7400-V2

Here’s an example program our engineers might find useful. Kris Bahnsen, a long time engineer for Technologic Systems, wrote this simple program to get the voltage input (Vin) on the 8 – 28 VDC power rail on the TS-7670 (Rev. D or later) or TS-7400-V2 (Rev. B or later). Without going into too much detail about implementation of the on-board supervisory microcontroller, there is a register which is used to store various ADC values, including Vin. This example program basically polls this 4 byte register via I2C interface, accounts for the voltage divider (see TS-7670 schematic or TS-7400-V2 schematic), and spits out the Vin value. So, without further ado, here’s the code:


 * To compile get_vin, use the appropriate cross compiler and run the
 * command:
 *  gcc -fno-tree-cselim -Wall -O0 -mcpu=arm9 -o get_vin get_vin.c

/* This software is intended to run on the TS-7670 Rev. D or later, or
 * the TS-7400-V2 Rev. B or later.
 * The math below is done with all integers, the values are multiplied up
 * and then divided down to get the best resolution.  This software works
 * for the full VIN range read through the on-board supervisory microcontroller.

#include <assert.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <linux/i2c-dev.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <strings.h>
int main(void)
	unsigned char data[4];
	unsigned int vin;
	int fd;
	fd = open("/dev/i2c-0", O_RDWR);
	assert (fd != -1);
	if (ioctl(fd, I2C_SLAVE_FORCE, 0x78) < 0) {
		perror("MCU did not ACK 0x78\n");
		return -1;
	bzero(data, 4);
	read(fd, data, 4);
	vin = (data[3]<<8)|data[2];
	vin = (((vin*24438)*172)/100000); /* 5.82% div., 2.5 Vref, 10b acc. */
	printf("vin_mv=%d\n", vin);

	return 0;

Compiling and Running

Once you’ve copied the source code over to the board, you can use the preloaded gcc command to compile like this:

root@ts7670-496b64:~# gcc get_vin.c -o get_vin

Then, of course, run it! We have a 12 VDC power adapter plugged into the 8 – 28 VDC input, so we expect to see 12V reported as Vin (represented in mV):

root@ts7670-496b64:~# ./get_vin

Again, we hope you’ve found this example program to get Vin on the TS-7670 or TS-7400-V2 helpful. Let us know if you have any suggestions to make it better.

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Author: Derek Hildreth

eBusiness Manager for Technologic Systems