The communication between USBIZI (a .NET Micro Framework enabled ARM7 MCU system) and Arduino can be easily implemented using I2C, SPI, as well as UART.

In addition to these, USBIZI can also act as a USB host (like the PC), which allows Arduino to be plugged in (on the USB bus) directly, owing to its FTDI usb<-->uart component.

Here is the sample code http://www.microframeworkprojects.com/project/31

which can be adapted for the Arduino:

Arduino code


int data;

void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(115200); 
}


void loop()
{

  if(Serial.available()>0)
  {
    data = Serial.read();
    data = data + 1;
    Serial.print(data,BYTE);

  }


}


C# code


using System;
using System.Threading;
using Microsoft.SPOT;
using Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware;
using System.IO.Ports;
using GHIElectronics.System;
using GHIElectronics.Hardware;
using GHIElectronics.System.SystemDevices;

namespace arduinoHost
{
    public class Program
    {
        //LED
        static OutputPort LED = new OutputPort(USBizi.Pins.E2x, false);


        //arduino FTDI USB host
        public static SerialUSB serial;
        static ManualResetEvent e = new ManualResetEvent(false);

        //message sent to Arduino
        public static Byte[] data = new byte[1];  

        public static void Main()
        {
            SystemManager.Start(SystemManager_SystemEvent);

            //wait till arduino plugged in
            e.WaitOne();

            while (true)
            {
                try
                {
                    data[0] = 123;
                    serial.Write(data, 0, 1);
                    serial.Read(data, 0, 1);
                    if (data[0] == 124)
                    {
                        LED.Write(true);
                        Thread.Sleep(100);
                        LED.Write(false);
                    }
                    else
                        LED.Write(false);
                }
                catch
                {

                }

                Thread.Sleep(1000);

            }

        }


        static void SystemManager_SystemEvent(SystemEventType type, SystemEventArgs args)
        {
            if (args.isDeviceConnected)
            {
                if (args.device.deviceType == DeviceType.Serial_FTDI)
                {
                    serial = new SerialUSB(args.device, 115200, 0, 8, 0);
                    serial.Disconnected += new SerialUSBEventHandler(serial_Disconnected);
                    serial.Open();
                    serial.ReadTimeout = 500;
                    serial.DiscardInBuffer();
                    e.Set();

                }
            }
        }

        static void serial_Disconnected(SerialUSB sender, SerialUSBEventArgs msg)
        {
            LED.Write(true);
            serial = null;           
        }

    }
}

Other .NET Micro Framework enabled ARM7 MCU systems with USB host


Other .NET Micro Framework enabled ARM7 MCU systems with USB host:

Will the above code work with those newer systems? Alas, the USBIZI seems to be discontinued. (?) It has apparently been replaced by the above systems.

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