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Read data from hardware

Last Updated: 1/24/2017

This topic shows you how the sample sensor driver reads data from the sensor hardware (the accelerometer) in response to read requests.

Typically the “top end” of the sensor driver is designed to be accessible to applications that can connect to the sensor, to read data. In the sample sensor driver, the “top end” of the driver is directly tied to a data reading function for reading sample data from the accelerometer. The following sections explain how data reading was implemented in the sample sensor driver.

Handle read requests

  1. Click the client.cpp file to open it, and find the OnInterruptIsr function.
  2. Find the following code: ManagedCPlusPlus // Read the Interrupt source BYTE IntSrcBuffer = 0; WdfWaitLockAcquire(pAccDevice->m_I2CWaitLock, NULL); Status = I2CSensorReadRegister(pAccDevice->m_I2CIoTarget, ADXL345_INT_SOURCE, &IntSrcBuffer, sizeof(IntSrcBuffer)); WdfWaitLockRelease(pAccDevice->m_I2CWaitLock);

The preceding code first acquires a lock on the device, and then it determines the source of the interrupt, using the I2CSensorReadRegister function. The code finally releases the lock on the device.

  1. Find the following code:

    // Create work item   
    InterruptRecognized = TRUE;
    BOOLEAN WorkItemQueued = WdfInterruptQueueWorkItemForIsr(Interrupt);
    TraceVerbose("%!FUNC! Work item %s queued for interrupt", WorkItemQueued ? "" : " already");

After the sensor driver successfully determines the source of the interrupt, the sensor driver uses WdfInterruptQueueWorkItemForIsr to create a queued work item for the framework.

Read sensor data

The sample sensor driver uses GetData to retrieve the sensor instance, acquire a lock on the device, and then read the sensor data. When the GetData function call returns, the lock is released.

  1. Within the client.cpp file, find the OnInterruptWorkItem function. Then within that function, review the following code:

    // Invoke the function that Reads the device data
    Status = pAccDevice->GetData();
  2. Find the GetData function, and find the following code:

    // Read the device data
    WdfWaitLockAcquire(m_I2CWaitLock, NULL);
    Status = I2CSensorReadRegister(m_I2CIoTarget, ADXL345_DATA_X0, &DataBuffer[0], sizeof(DataBuffer));

The preceding code sets aside a buffer of size DataBuffer, and reads the device data into that buffer, via an I2C connection.

  1. Find the following code:

    // Add timestamp
    FILETIME Timestamp = {};
    InitPropVariantFromFileTime(&Timestamp, &(m_pSensorData->List[SENSOR_DATA_TIMESTAMP].Value));
    SensorsCxSensorDataReady(m_SensorInstance, m_pSensorData);

The preceding code adds a time stamp to the device data, then saves the data to a location in the device context, and uses m_pSensorData to point to it. This makes the data available further up the stack, to the class extension.

  1. Close the client.cpp file.

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