RX Channel Hopping

Hardware accelerated hopping between channels while waiting for a packet in receive.

Data Structures

struct  RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry_t
 Structure that represents one of the channels that is part of a sequence of channels used in channel hopping.
 
struct  RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfig_t
 Wrapper struct that will contain the sequence of RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfig_t that represent the channel sequence to use during RX Channel Hopping.
 
struct  RAIL_RxDutyCycleConfig_t
 Structure to configure duty cycled receive mode.

Macros

#define RAIL_CHANNEL_HOPPING_INVALID_INDEX   (0xFEU)
 A sentinel value to flag an invalid channel hopping index.
 
#define RAIL_CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE_PER_CHANNEL   (25U)
 The static amount of memory needed per channel for channel hopping, regardless of the size of radio configuration structures.

Enumerations

enum  RAIL_RxChannelHoppingMode_t {
  RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_MANUAL,
  RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_TIMEOUT,
  RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_TIMING_SENSE,
  RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_PREAMBLE_SENSE
}
 Modes by which RAIL can determine when to proceed to the next channel during channel hopping.
 
enum  RAIL_RxChannelHoppingDelayMode_t { RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_DELAY_MODE_STATIC }
 Modes by which RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry_t::delay timing can be applied to the time gap between channels.

Functions

RAIL_Status_t RAIL_ConfigRxChannelHopping (RAIL_Handle_t railHandle, RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfig_t *config)
 Configure RX Channel Hopping.
 
RAIL_Status_t RAIL_EnableRxChannelHopping (RAIL_Handle_t railHandle, bool enable, bool reset)
 Enable RX Channel Hopping.
 
RAIL_Status_t RAIL_ConfigRxDutyCycle (RAIL_Handle_t railHandle, const RAIL_RxDutyCycleConfig_t *config)
 Configure RX duty cycle mode.
 
RAIL_Status_t RAIL_EnableRxDutyCycle (RAIL_Handle_t railHandle, bool enable)
 Enable RX duty cycle mode.

Detailed Description

Hardware accelerated hopping between channels while waiting for a packet in receive.

Channel hopping provides a hardware accelerated method for scanning across multiple channels quickly, as part of a receive protocol. While it is possible to call RAIL_StartRx on different channels, back to back, and listen on many channels sequentially in that way, the time it takes to switch channels with that method may be too long for some protocols. This API pre-computes necessary channel change operations for a given list of channels, so that the radio can move from channel to channel much faster. Additionally, it leads to more succinct code as channel changes will be done implicitly, without requiring numerous calls to RAIL_StartRx. Currently, while this feature is enabled, the radio will hop channels in the given sequence each time it enters RX.

The following code gives an example of how to use the RX Channel Hopping API.

// The channel hopping buffer requires RAIL_CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE_PER_CHANNEL
// number of 32-bit words of overhead per channel, plus 3 words overall plus the
// twice the size of the radioConfigDeltaSubtract of the whole radio config,
// plus the twice the sum of the sizes of all the radioConfigDeltaAdds of
// all the channel hopping channels.
#define CHANNEL_HOPPING_NUMBER_OF_CHANNELS 4
#define CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE do { \
3 + \
(RAIL_CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE_PER_CHANNEL \
* CHANNEL_HOPPING_NUMBER_OF_CHANNELS) + \
2 * (SIZEOF_UINT32_DELTA_SUBTRACT + \
SIZEOF_UINT32_DELTA_ADD_0 + \
SIZEOF_UINT32_DELTA_ADD_1 + \
SIZEOF_UINT32_DELTA_ADD_2 + \
SIZEOF_UINT32_DELTA_ADD_3) \
} while (0)
RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry_t channelHoppingEntries[CHANNEL_HOPPING_NUMBER_OF_CHANNELS];
uint32_t channelHoppingBuffer[CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE];
RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfig_t channelHoppingConfig = {
.buffer = channelHoppingBuffer,
.bufferLength = CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE,
.numberOfChannels = CHANNEL_HOPPING_NUMBER_OF_CHANNELS,
.entries = channelHoppingEntries
};
channelHoppingEntries[0].channel = 1;
channelHoppingEntries[1].channel = 2;
channelHoppingEntries[2].channel = 3;
RAIL_ConfigRxChannelHopping(railHandle, &channelHoppingConfig);
RAIL_EnableRxChannelHopping(railHandle, true, true)

Macro Definition Documentation

#define RAIL_CHANNEL_HOPPING_BUFFER_SIZE_PER_CHANNEL   (25U)

The static amount of memory needed per channel for channel hopping, regardless of the size of radio configuration structures.

Definition at line 700 of file rail_chip_specific.h.

Enumeration Type Documentation

Modes by which RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry_t::delay timing can be applied to the time gap between channels.

Enumerator
RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_DELAY_MODE_STATIC 

Always delay for exactly the amount of time specified in the delay parameter, regardless of how other channel hopping channels were extended via preamble sense or other means.

Definition at line 2604 of file rail_types.h.

Modes by which RAIL can determine when to proceed to the next channel during channel hopping.

Enumerator
RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_MANUAL 

Switch to the next channel each time the radio enters RX.

RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_TIMEOUT 

Switch to the next channel after a certain amount of time passes.

The time should be specified in microseconds in RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry::parameter.

RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_TIMING_SENSE 

Listen in receive RX for at least a specified timeout.

If, by the end of the timeout, the radio has packet timing, remain in the current channel until the radio loses it. The timeout should be specified in microseconds in RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry::parameter.

RAIL_RX_CHANNEL_HOPPING_MODE_PREAMBLE_SENSE 

Listen in receive RX for at least a specified timeout.

If, by the end of the timeout, the radio has a packet preamble, remain in the current channel until the radio loses it. The timeout should be specified in microseconds in RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfigEntry::parameter.

Definition at line 2562 of file rail_types.h.

Function Documentation

RAIL_Status_t RAIL_ConfigRxChannelHopping ( RAIL_Handle_t  railHandle,
RAIL_RxChannelHoppingConfig_t config 
)

Configure RX Channel Hopping.

Parameters
[in]railHandleA RAIL instance handle.
[in]configConfiguration parameters for RX Channel Hopping.
Returns
Status code indicating success of the function call.

Configure Channel Hopping channels, conditions, and parameters. This API must be called before RAIL_EnableChannelHopping. This API must never be called while the radio is on with RX Duty Cycle or Channel Hopping enabled.

Note
This feature/API is not supported on the EFR32XG1 family of chips.
This feature/API is currently not supported in multiprotocol.
Calling this function will overwrite any settings configured with RAIL_ConfigRxDutyCycle.
RAIL_Status_t RAIL_ConfigRxDutyCycle ( RAIL_Handle_t  railHandle,
const RAIL_RxDutyCycleConfig_t config 
)

Configure RX duty cycle mode.

Parameters
[in]railHandleA RAIL instance handle.
[in]configConfiguration structure to specify duty cycle parameters.
Returns
Status code indicating success of the function call.

Configure RX duty cycle mode. With this mode enabled, every time the radio enters RX, it will duty cycle on and off to save power. The duty cycle ratio can be altered dynamically and intelligently by the hardware by staying on longer if a preamble or other packet segments are detected in the air. This API must never be called while the radio is on with RX Duty Cycle or Channel Hopping enabled.

Note
This feature/API is not supported on the EFR32XG1 family of chips.
Calling this function will overwrite any settings configured with RAIL_ConfigRxChannelHopping.
This feature/API is currently not supported in multiprotocol.
RAIL_Status_t RAIL_EnableRxChannelHopping ( RAIL_Handle_t  railHandle,
bool  enable,
bool  reset 
)

Enable RX Channel Hopping.

Parameters
[in]railHandleA RAIL instance handle.
[in]enableEnable (true) or disable (false) RX Channel Hopping.
[in]resetStart from the first channel of the channel hopping sequence (true) or from wherever hopping left off last time the code left RX.
Returns
Status code indicating success of the function call.

Enable or disable Channel Hopping. Additionally, specify whether hopping should be reset to start from the channel at index zero, or continue from the channel last hopped to. The radio should not be on when this API is called. RAIL_ConfigChannelHopping must be called before this API is called.

Note
This feature/API is not supported on the EFR32XG1 family of chips.
This feature/API is currently not supported in multiprotocol.
RX Channel Hopping may not be enabled while auto-ACKing is enabled.
Calling this function will overwrite any settings configured with RAIL_EnableRxDutyCycle.
RAIL_Status_t RAIL_EnableRxDutyCycle ( RAIL_Handle_t  railHandle,
bool  enable 
)

Enable RX duty cycle mode.

Parameters
[in]railHandleA RAIL instance handle.
[in]enableEnable (true) or disable (false) RX Duty Cycling.
Returns
Status code indicating success of the function call.

Enable or disable RX duty cycle mode. After this is called, the radio will begin duty cycling each time it enters RX, based on the configuration passed to RAIL_ConfigRxDutyCycle. This API must not be called while the radio is on.

Note
This feature/API is not supported on the EFR32XG1 family of chips.
Calling this function will overwrite any settings configured with RAIL_EnableRxChannelHopping.
This feature/API is currently not supported in multiprotocol.