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Archive for April 26th, 2018

Teensy 3.6 USB Serial Startup

The Arduino Serial doc says the USB hardware on the (now obsolescent) Leonardo requires a test-for-open before using the serial port:

  Serial.begin(9600);
  while (!Serial) {
    ; // wait for serial port to connect. Needed for native USB
  }
}

As it happens, you must also use that test on the ARM-based Teensy 3.6.

The gotcha happens when the USB port doesn’t¬†become available, in which case the conditional remains true and the loop continues forever, which is precisely what happened when I powered the Teensy from a USB battery pack¬†on the Squidwrench Operating Table.

After some flailing around, this startup snippet falls through after ahem awhile:

#define BUILTIN_LED 13

... snippage ...

Serial.begin(115200);

int waited = 0;
while (!Serial && waited < 3000) {
  delay(1);
  waited++;
  if (! (waited % 50))
    FlipPin(BUILTIN_LED);
}

... snippage ...

Serial.printf(" serial wait: %d ms\n\n",waited);

The serial startup delay seems to vary unpredictably between 800 and 1800 ms, so 3000 ms may be too short:

serial wait: 1033 ms
serial wait: 899 ms
serial wait: 907 ms

The ARM Teensy connects the board's built-in LED to the same SPI clock as on the AVR Arduinos, so it's only useful during startup, but having some hint will come in handy the next time it jams for another reason.

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