Communication with the UART-enabled firmware is possible directly via USB through the Nucleo’s built-in ST-link.
However data transfer is considerably slower with UART than with SPI. At 115.2kbps a full transfer takes >640ms.
For a linux system the user must have the read/write permissions to:
On a Debian-based system this is easily and permanently achieved by adding the user to the group dialout:
sudo adduser esben dialout
There are two options:
- Using the command line interface (Otterly CLI)
- Using a graphical user interface (Otterly CCD GUI)
For the CLI any system with a gcc compiler should suffice.
For the GUI the requirements are GTK3+ and gnuplot.
If you decide to use the GUI, I strongly recommend you to take a look at Jens-Ulrich Frölich’s blog Leaves of Science. He has improved the user experience a lot and uses Octave to analyze the collected data.