UART receive in background without callback on nRF52 SDK11

Hi, I'm looking for an easy way to use the UART in blocking mode (or something similiar) with a receive buffer that is filled in background:

  • If possible using EasyDMA for better performance and easier software design
  • TX data may either block until all data has been sent or may return immediately and provide an additional function call to check if all data has been sent successfully.
  • RX data shall received in background and stored in a buffer/FIFO. It shall be possible to read data of arbitrary size from the receive buffer without stopping reception.
  • No callbacks or event handlers shall be used (synchroneous control flow in application).

In the past, on the nRF51, we used the app_uart library with FIFO support. Looking at the SDK11 documentation on infocenter.nordicsemi.com, I couldn't find any information about this library (although the directory is still there in the SDK11 archive). Is app_fifo still working on SDK11 on nRF52? Does it take advantage of the EasyDMA feature?

Looking at nrf_drv_uart.h, double buffering is mentioned to provide support for continuous data reception in non-bocking mode. But what does happen if the last received data byte does not fill the buffer to 100%? Will the driver wait for more bytes until the buffer is full, not giving any opportunity to receive data from the partially filled buffer? In other words, is there any possibility to receive "byte streams" of arbitrary length using UART with EasyDMA (something like app_uart with FIFO feature using EasyDMA)?

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  • This post contains some information about the UART peripheral and example with the nRF52. See the @hungbui 's answer.

    In SDK11, two issues with the UART have been fixed:

    • UART: Fixed a glitch on TX pin when initializing the driver
    • UART: Fixed the problem that TX bytes were sent in wrong order in app_uart_fifo

    The documentation about the FIFO implementation is available in the "SDK common libraries" section, see this link. The FIFO API has a new function in SDK11.

  • Was there a resolution to this situation? I'm also trying to use EasyDMA + a timeout to do serial RX, but I run into the same problem that the UART event handler will not get called if the RX buffer hasn't been completely filled. i.e. partial fills don't eventually cause a timeout.

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  • Was there a resolution to this situation? I'm also trying to use EasyDMA + a timeout to do serial RX, but I run into the same problem that the UART event handler will not get called if the RX buffer hasn't been completely filled. i.e. partial fills don't eventually cause a timeout.

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