How to Use GPIOs?

The Omega has 15 GPIO pins that can be controlled with software. The Expansion Dock allows for easy access to 12 GPIO pins and connects 3 pins to the LED on the Dock

Omega GPIO

Using the Command Line

We’ve developed a tool that makes GPIO access very easy using the command line, the tool is called fast-gpio

Command Usage:

For a print-out of the usage, run fast-gpio with no comments on the command line:

root@Omega-0100:/# fast-gpio
 fast-gpio set-input <gpio>
 fast-gpio set-output <gpio>
 fast-gpio get-direction <gpio>
 fast-gpio read <gpio>
 fast-gpio set <gpio> <value: 0 or 1>
 fast-gpio pwm <gpio> <freq in Hz> <duty cycle percentage>

Setting a GPIO pin’s direction:

fast-gpio set-input <gpio>
fast-gpio set-output <gpio>

A pin can be configured to either be input or output.

To avoid damaging your Omega, set a pin to the input direction before driving any voltage to it!!

(Note: this is available in firmware 0.0.2 b174 and later)

Reading a GPIO pin’s direction:

fast-gpio get-direction <gpio>

Might be handy to check a pin’s programmed direction

GPIO14 direction is OUTPUT
GPIO13 direction is INPUT

(Note: this is available in firmware 0.0.2 b174 and later)

Reading a GPIO pin’s value:

fast-gpio read <gpio pin>

This will return the pin’s value, in both input and output modes

Read GPIO14: 0

Setting a GPIO pin’s value:

This will drive the selected pin to the value desired.

fast-gpio set <gpio pin number> <value to set; 0 or 1>

This will only work when the pin is in the output direction, but fast-gpio will take care of that behind the scenes.

Using a pin as a digital input:

The pin needs to first be set to run as input

fast-gpio set-input 13

Then the connected voltage can be read:

fast-gpio read 13
Read GPIO13: 1

Using the Console

The console app to control the GPIOs is under development and coming very soon! Stay tuned!