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RC Receive Driver Block for Arduino


Sergio Biagioni


13 Feb 2014 (Updated )

Control an Arduino robot using an RC Transmitter and Receiver with Simulink

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With this block, a user can use Simulink to generate code for an Arduino which receives signals from an an RC Transmitter.
When the output of an RC Receiver is connected to an Arduino, this custom driver block outputs the length of the RC signal's pulse in microseconds, which corresponds directly to the signal's value.
This material is meant to support the MakerZone article "How to use an RC Controller with Arduino and Simulink".
This driver block was tested with the Cirrus-DPR-4FM Transmitter and Receiver. All Receivers output servo protocol so the block will work with all RC Transmitter/Receivers.
The block works with the Arduino Uno, Mega 2560, and Due.


Device Drivers inspired this file.

Required Products Simulink
MATLAB release MATLAB 8.3 (R2014a)
Other requirements Compiler must be installed for your OS and version of MATLAB; The Arduino Support Package must be installed which can be found by typing >> targetinstaller at the MATLAB Command Window.
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29 Oct 2014 Sergio Biagioni

Sergio Biagioni

Hi Andrea,
You could just copy everything I did with channels 0-4 and expand necessary arrays. I would do it for you but I don't have a 6 channel tx/rx on hand at the moment to test. The specific steps are as follows;

1. Open RC Receive Driver Block
2. Change Data Properties->Output ports "Rows" to 6
3. In Libraries, change definition for rcc to:
volatile rcChannel rcc[6] = {{0,1,0,0}, {0,2,0,0}, {0,3,0,0}, {0,4,0,0}, {0,5,0,0}, {0,6,0,0}};
4. In Libraries, add void calc4 and calc5 interrupt service routines, just as calc0-4 were defined
5. In Outputs, change duration vector to the following:
static uint16_t duration[6] = {0,0,0,0,0,0};
6. In Outputs, add updateflag "if statements" for channels 4 and 5
7. In Outputs, add out[4] = duration[4] and out[5] = duration[5]
8. In Discrete Update, add attach interrupts for calc4 and calc5
9. Build the S-Function builder block
10. Run modify('sfcn_rcreceive')

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29 Oct 2014 Andrea


Great work Sergio! At now I'm working with four channels, how can I upgrade your block to six channels?



27 May 2014 Sergio Biagioni

Sergio Biagioni

The test model was built in R2013b. If you're using a previous version of MATLAB (i.e. R2013a), you could receive an error if you try to run the model in external mode.

Error Message Example:
Error occurred while executing External Mode MEX-file 'ext_comm':
Expected 1xN string array for host name

To resolve this, create a new model and copy the RC Receive block into it.


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19 May 2014 Akeel


05 Mar 2014

Removed mex files, updated required products.

07 Mar 2014

adjusted copyright

13 Mar 2014

Updated required toolboxes, only MATLAB and Simulink necessary.

13 Aug 2014

Added support for Arduino Due

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