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THERMOsera - 4 channel thermocouple USB/UART interface

THERMOsera is an interface to connect thermocouple sensors via USB or UART to a host system. It senses K-type thermocouple elements on four channels and outputs the measurement result on the UART interface or on a virtual serial port (CDC) through USB.

Serial output

Format - Plain text CSV

After power up THERMOsera beginns to measure the four sensor channels and the cold junction temperature and prints it out over the serial interfaces (UART: 9600 Baud, USB: virtual serial port). The temperatures are sampled and printed out line-by-line as comma separated values (CSV) in degree Celsius:
 Channel-A, Channel-B, Channel-C, Channel-D, ColdJunction [CR]
Example:
    30.9,    10.6,    -5.7,    127.4,    22.4
    30.9,    10.6,    -5.6,    128.3,    22.4
    30.9,    10.6,    -5.4,    129.5,    22.4
Data lines start with a space character (" ") and ends with CR (13).

USB - Virtual serial port (CDC)

For Linux, MacOS and Windows >8 no additional driver is needed! THERMOsera is automatically detected as virtual serial port.

Driver for Windows <8:
THERMOsera_Win_Driver.zip


THERMOsera is mapped to serial port "/dev/ACMx" (Linux, MacOS) or "COMx" (Windows). You have to select this corresponding port in the software. On some Linux systems, "modemmanger" blocks the port for about 20s after plug-in (if this disturbs: disable or remove the modemmanager).

UART - 9600 Baud

THERMOsera features an UART interface (connector X6). The board can be powered through this connector (USB left open) or through the USB connector with an USB power adapter. The transmit line (TXD) is shifted down to 3,3V level (voltage divider R4/R5) to be compatible with 3,3V-5V systems.
THERMOsera UART

Bluetooth - Optional HC-06 module

The UART pinout matches with HC-06 bluetooth modules. The HC-06 bluetooth module is an UART-to-Bluetooth board and can be connected to the UART socket while THERMOsera is powered via the USB connector with +5V. No additional firmware stetting is needed - just plug in the module and power the board. The serial output can be printed out e.g. on Andorid with the App BlueTerm.
THERMOsera bluetooth

Software

For further processing, the serial output can be written to a file.
Windows:
type com3: >> temp.csv
Linux or MacOS:
cat /dev/ttyACM0 > temp.csv
This file can be opened in spreadsheet software like Excel or LibreOffice Calc (use "US-English" as column format).

THERMOsera Libre Office Calc

Firmware

Source code and HEX file

The firmware of THERMOsera is available as precompiled HEX file and as C (XC8 compiler) source code.
The source code is hosted on Github: THERMOsera Source code.

Precompiled HEX file:
THERMOsera_firmware_v1.0.hex (2016-10-03) First public version

Firmware update via bootloader

Connect MCLR (X7) to ground and plug in THERMOsera. Now the bootloader starts. Use a bootloader application (en MPHidFlash) to load the new firmware into THERMOsera:
mphidflash -w THERMOsera_firmware_v1.0.hex

Hardware

Schematic - THERMOsera's circuit diagram

THERMOsera Schematic

Partlist - Build your own THERMOsera!

Here you find a list of all parts needed to build your own THERMOsera board.

PartnumberValue
C14,7u
C2, C3, C4, C5, C6220n
IC1PIC16F1455
IC2MCP3424
IC3MCP9800
R1, R6470k
R2, R310k
R41k
R52k
X1, X2, X3, X42pol 5mm
X5USB-B

Links

en 1 Channel USB Thermocouple Input Module
en PhidgetTemperatureSensor 4-Input USB Thermocouple Interface
en 8-Channel Thermocouple Input USB Data Acquisition Device