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user block on BL4S200

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I am using BL4S200. I want to use some of bytes to hold some critical parameters using user block. However, I don't know how to find address offset free for me because I don't want to use adc calibration, and some other reserved space. anybody know how to do it.

Basically I only have 100 bytes for my parameters, but when I use writeuserblock, it takes the time longer than I expect and also it looks like to reduce my program speed because my serial communication takes longer time. I found another function writeuserblockarray, which one I can use and which one is better?

Thanks a lot.
asked Dec 8, 2016 in Rabbit by yang New to the Community (3 points)

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The libraries reserve space at the top of the UserBlock using the macro ZWORLD_RESERVED_SIZE. You should place your data at offset 0 (the start of the UserBlock).

How often are you writing data? How long is it taking? You should be sure to write all of the bytes in a single call to the function. Because of how the library maintains mirrored UserBlocks (to always ensure a valid UserBlock) it can take awhile to update even a small portion of the data. I would recommend only writing when necessary, such as when you're saving configuration information.

If you need frequent updates, maybe you should use a variable in nvram, created by using the bbram keyword (see Samples/RestartVars/BatteryRAM).

writeUserBlockArray() is useful if you need to write a sequence of data from multiple sources at one time.
answered Dec 13, 2016 by TomCollins Veteran of the Digi Community (1,830 points)