Programming for the ÁChameleon

This page offers various programming examples with the complete source code. They will help you create what you want without having to start from scratch. These are generic examples but show real-world working code, with all the details actually necessary.

We plan to offer more sample code in the future, and if you'd like specific topics to be covered, don't hesitate to contact us and tell us about your interests.

Sending commands with DOS batch files

Event though it might not be considered actual programming, it is sometimes desirable to automate simple tasks buy just writing a simple text file. It shows how simple it can be to have your ÁChameleon do things for you.

Also, as some legacy environnements only allow you to launch DOS batch files, it shows a simple way to integrate a ÁChameleon in these applications.

Look how you can turn on and off the activity led of your ÁChameleon with single-line batch files.

Sending commands through the COM port

This project focuses on how simple it is to talk to a ÁChameleon: it will turn on or off the activity led on the side of the USB connector by sending text strings to a serial COM port. A very simple project to begin with.

Interfacing external circuits and devices

This project is a collection of very simple examples that show how to drive various external devices: it switches a mechanical relay on and off, changes the pitch and loudness of a sound buzzer, varies the speed of a DC motor, sets the position of an rc servo-motor, measures external voltages...

It was designed for a demo bench, as a one-stop application that integrates various examples, but feel free to cut-and-paste just what you need.

Download the demo bench source code here.

This project uses communication with the virtual serial port.

Test Application source code

Our test application, ÁChameleon Control, as provided on our install CD, and as shown in this screenshot, lets you play with the basic digital and analog I/O features of the ÁChameleon.

It is a bit more sophisticated than the previous samples on this page. It shows how to use the API to control the ÁChameleon, and can be used as a foundation for writing your own applications, especially because of the FTDI.bas file that has all the important DLL functions already defined.

You can download the project sources for the ÁChameleon control project sources here.

You can also download the latest version of the ÁChameleon control installer there.

LabVIEW™

Because our drivers show the ÁChameleon as a regular serial port, they will natively work with Labview.

A example of what is achievable with LabVIEW was provided to us by one of our customers, Richard Sorrells, and we thank him for that. Have a look at the screenshot of his GenLab application. This project was developped under LabVIEW 8.5.1.

Read what the author says about the program here.

You can download the GenLab source here. The launch file is : 'GenLAB Main 01 for LV2009.vi'.

NI's site also has a serial communication page that you may find usefull.


Upgrades

Because new features are constantly added, your ÁChameleon will improve over time. With its flash memory and Firmware Upgrader software, the most recent features are just a click away !

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