Analog fast plotting
I am reading an analog input on my Wipy, printing out the value and plotting the values on my Mac via serial. I would like to know what is the fastest rate at which I can read/plot in this way?
My wipy code:
import pycom import machine from machine import Pin # Piezo sensor adc = machine.ADC() apin = adc.channel(pin='P16',attn=3) while True: print(apin()/1000)
@robert-hh thank you for your insight, will explore those options.
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@robmarkcole There are a few limiting factors, one of them is the serial transmission at 115200 Baud, which is about 10000 characters/second. If your messages with the test values are 10 bytes long each (dont forget the CCR-LF), then it's about 1000 messages/second. The other factor is the Python script itself to capture the analog data and send it. For better precision, that capturing should be done by a timer interrupt, writing to a circular buffer. But that would result in a 300µs jitter. The fastest timer interrupt you can set is 1 ms, or 1000 samples/s.
I've done a similar thing on a ESP8266, which included communication with an external I2C ADC (ADS1115) and updates to a local SPI OLED every second. The fastest I could get was 250 samples/s. Since the ESP32 is somewhat faster, in total at least 500 samples/s seem achievable.
If communication speed is the limiting factor, you can set the UART to faster speed, like 460800 Baud, if the MAC can handle that.
- Set up a WiFi link, which is faster.
- Use binary data transmission instead of printable characters and do the pretty print at the Mac