ISO-485 IO Card Configuration


The following lines needs to be added to /boot/config.txt to enable the hardware UART0 (ttyAMA0) to appear on the correct pins for the adapter card, these are dependant on carrier board type used used :

#  Integrator Board XT
enable_uart=1  	             	# Enables UART1 (ttyS0) on GPIO14/15
dtoverlay=disable-bt 		# Moves UART0 (ttyAMA0) to being on GPIO14/15

# Integrator Board NT
dtoverlay=uart0,txd0_pin=32,rxd0_pin=33,pin_func=7  # Enables UART0 onto GPIO32/33   

Operation Notes

The ISO-485 adapter board uses a MAX13487 RS485 line driver, this has transparent automatic hardware flow control and so does not require any additional code to supervise flow control.

Note that for correct RS485 operation it is vital that the pull up/down bias resistors be fitted.

LK1 links can be used to enable the on board 680R resistors

The ISO-485 card also features and on board 120R termination resistor LK3 which can be used if running long lines or high speed,

A single 5-40V opto isolated digital input is also provided on this card and connected to GPIO40 (NT) or GPIO5 (XT)

When connecting a RS485 network we strongly recommend using appropriate cabling e.g. Belden 9481 120 Ohm impedance twisted pair wire (or equivalent)

IO Card Connector Pinout

This card has the following pin out on the front Green Industrial 8pin Connector Connector pin numbered left to right from front of card

1 Dig In A
2 Dig In B
3 NC
4 120R Termination A
5 120R Termination B
6 RS485 A
7 RS485 B


Reference Links

Belden 9481 RS485/CAN-BUS Data Cable Datasheet

MAXIM Application Note on RS485

Modbus RS485 FAQ Site

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