Hardware Setup Guide

2017-11-233.4

This guide will help you connect your Onboard Computer with the DJI aircraft (M100, M600, M600 Pro), or flight controller (A3, N3).

General Setup

Data

The onboard computer communicates to the flight controller or DJI aircraft through a UART interface. Generally, you will be working with one of the setups in the below diagram:

Hardware Setup

Note the M600 and M600 Pro have an A3 flight controller underneath the top cover.

The next section details the UART specifications for different DJI products, and gives examples of how the onboard compute can be connected.

Power

Power can be drawn directly from the power rail on DJI aircraft. For Matrice 100 and 210, a DC-DC regulator is required to convert the voltage to the onboard computer's power input.

  • Matrice 100: voltage ranges from 20V - 26V with current limit of 10A
  • Matrice 210: voltage ranges from 18V - 26V with current limit of 2A
  • Matrice 600: voltage is regulated at 18V with current limit of 3A

If using a stand alone flight controller product, or if power is needed not just when the aircraft is on, then an external battery (with appropriate regulator) can be used.

UART

Interface Details

  • The UART electrical interface for all OSDK compatible DJI aircraft and flight controllers is 3.3 volt TTL.
  • You must ensure that your onboard computer UART port operates at the same voltage to avoid damaging the flight controller. For example, RS-232 ports will need a level-shifting circuit.
  • The UART interface does not require power from the onboard computer.

Connector Pinout

M100

M100UARTConnector

A3/N3/M600 UART Connector

A3UARTConnector

Note: Do NOT use the Vcc pin to power your own devices. You might damage your onboard computer, A3/N3 or both.

Connecting to your Onboard Computer

M100 + Manifold

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between an M100 and Manifold. Note that:

  • UART cable is provided with the Manifold.
  • M100 to PC connection can be used to run DJI Assistant 2.
  • With DJI Assistant you can enable the OSDK API, set baud rate and/or run the Simulator.

M100Manifold

M100 + PC/Linux machine

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between an M100 and a PC or Linux machine. Note that:

  • M100 UART cable is provided in the box and is also sold separately.
  • USB to TTL cable can be purchased on Amazon.
  • The two cables need to be connected on the TTL end to establish communication between M100 and PC/Linux.
  • M100 to PC connection is used to run DJI Assistant 2.
  • With DJI Assistant you can enable the OSDK API, set baud rate and/or run the Simulator.

M100PCLinux

M100 + STM32

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between an M100 and STM32. Note that:

  • M100 UART cable is provided in the box and is also sold separately.
  • USB to TTL cable can be purchased on Amazon.
  • M100 UART cable connects to USART3 connector on STM32.
  • USB-TTL cable connects to USART2 connector on STM32.
  • PC is used for STM32 development.
  • In the STM32 sample App, users can send commands and receive feedback on the PC.

M100STM32

A3/N3/M600 + Manifold

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between an A3/N3 and Manifold. Note that:

  • UART cable can be made using 0.1 inch female headers on both sides going from Tx port on A3/N3 to Rx port on Manifold and vice-versa.
  • Tx pin on Expansion I/O of the Manifold is pin 15.
  • Rx pin on Expansion I/O of the Manifold is pin 13.
  • Ground pin on Expansion I/O of the Manifold is pin 16.
  • A3/N3 to PC connection is used to run DJI Assistant 2.
  • With DJI Assistant you can enable OSDK API, set baud rate and/or run the Simulator.

A3Manifold

A3/N3/M600 + PC/Linux machine

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between an A3/N3 and a PC or Linux machine. Note that:

  • USB to TTL cable can be purchased on Amazon.
  • A3/N3 to PC connection is used to run DJI Assistant 2.
  • With DJI Assistant you can enable OSDK API, set baud rate and/or run the Simulator.

A3PCLinux

A3/N3/M600 + STM32

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between an A3/N3 and STM32. Note that:

  • UART cable can be made using 0.1 inch female headers on both sides going from Tx port on A3/N3 to Rx port on the STM32 and vice-versa.
  • USB to TTL cable can be purchased on Amazon.
  • UART cable betweenn A3/N3 and STM32 connects to USART3 connector on STM32.
  • USB-TTL cable connects to USART2 connector on STM32.
  • PC is used for STM32 development.
  • In the STM32 sample App, users can send commands and receive feedback on a Computer.

A3STM32

M210 + PC/Linux machine

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between a M210 and an Onbaord Computer without Advanced Sensing. Note that:

  • USB to TTL cable can be purchased on Amazon.
  • To run DJI Assistant 2, please use the USB port to connect to PC/Mac.
  • With DJI Assistant you can enable OSDK API, set baud rate and/or run the Simulator.

A3STM32

M210 + PC/Linux machine with Advanced Sensing

The diagram below shows the hardware connection between a M210 and an Onbaord Computer with Advanced Sensing. Note that:

  • USB to TTL cable can be purchased on Amazon.
  • For Advanced Sensing, please connect the USB port of M210 to another USB port of your computer via the included DJI USB cable.
  • With DJI Assistant 2 you can enable the OSDK API, set baud rate and/or run the Simulator.
  • To run DJI Assistant 2, please use the same USB port to connect to PC/Mac. To prevent conflict between two different computers talking to the same USB port on M210, please see M210 simulation checklist.

A3STM32