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D55 Software Release Notes (M7 Series)

Along with D55 is the initial release of Raveon’s latest upgrade to the ATLAS PL, the ATLAS PT. The ATLAS PT contains all the features of the PL, which in turn contains all the features of the M7-GX.

New Features:

  • All M7 family products now contain a bootloader allowing future upgrades without any disassembly
  • The DSR line now indicates if the proximity alarm has been tripped if it is enabled [M7 Radios Only]
  • TDMA Debug outputs have been enhanced. System maintainers will find the new format very useful
  • Overall power consumption has been reduced [PT Radios Only]
  • A new Sleep Mode 5 “Slot-Listen Mode” has been added. This mode functions similarly to Sleep Mode 2 (TX Only) except that it also listens on the specified slots. The SMLISTEN command can be used to configure the listen slots. [GX and PT Radios Only]
  • A new Response Slot concept has been added to all TDMA enabled radios. If enabled, response slots allow a radio to temporarily transmit on the given slot if it is issued a command. Response Slots can be configured with the RESPOND command [GX and PT Radios Only]
  • A new serial power saving mode has been added. In this mode, the serial line driver is disabled on startup until a character is received. It can be turned on with the SERPWRSVE command [PT Radios Only]
  • A new message is output in WMX mode when a data ACK is received
  • GPGSV messages can now be enabled with the NMEAMASK command [GX and PT Radios Only]
  • The new SUM command may now be used to force a GPS update in the next possible slot. If response slots are enabled, the update will come in the response slot [GX and PT Radios Only]
  • A No Motion alarm has been added which trips when the unit has not detected movement with the accelerometer for a configurable amount of time. See the updated $PRAVE specification. The alarm time can be configured with the MOTION command [GX and PT Radios Only]
  • The QSIZE command has been added and may be used to read the number of WMX messages queued to transmit
  • It is now possible to turn off a radio via the serial port or over the air using the new OFF command. [PT Radios Only]
  • To reduce keying/unkeying behavior in continuous data stream environments, the TXHOLD command has been added. Setting TXHOLD causes the unit to remain keyed for a configurable amount of time after data is transmitted. If more data is received, the unit will transmit without keying up
  • Encryption performance has been improved.
  • Battery General [PT Radios Only]
    • A new TXBATPCT setting has been added that allows sending the battery charge percent rather than the voltage. Battery percentage is given as a percentage of the total connected capacity. See the additions to the $PRAVE specification
    • A low battery warning will now output upon entering command mode if the battery needs to be charged
    • External Battery [PT Radios Only]
      • The External Battery is a new feature of the upgraded ATLAS PT. Many enhancements have been added to the ATLAS software as a result
      • The ATLAS PT now contains smart battery selection that prioritizes the external battery if present
      • Smart charge current throttling has been added to allow safe charging from standard vehicle ports. Full charge power is only permitted on the Raveon RAVPAK Charge System
      • A new External Battery Removed alarm has been added. See the additions to the $PRAVE specification
      • External battery status may be read and parsed from the output of STAT 1
      • LEDs and Physical UI
        • Added a new ATL 2 “Minimum LED” mode. This mode disables the status LED and only lights the power LED if power is low. LEDs will function normally while charging in this mode [PT Radios Only]
        • ATL is now enabled over the air
        • The new POWER command may be used to disable the power button. The unit can always be turned off by placing it in the Raveon RAVPAK Charge System or via the OFF command [PT Radios Only]
        • Alerts [PT Radios Only]
          • Several commands and features have been added to allow customization of the Alert process
          • An Alert Acknowledge state has been added to allow external software to indicate to a wearer that their alert has been processed. In this state, the Alert LED will show solid green. It can be entered over the air or via the serial
          • ALERTCAN – Set whether the Alert state may be cancelled locally by holding the button. Alerts can always be adjusted via the other commands
          • ALERTLEVELS – Set whether two or one alert levels are used. This may be used
          • ALERT – Manually set the alert state of the radio
          • ACK0-ACK3 – Set the alert state of the radio while enforcing a logical flow of alert states

 

Upgrade Notes:

 

Verify the following settings are at their desired value after performing an upgrade:

  • TXBATPCT
  • ATL
  • TXHOLD
  • MOTION
  • ALERTCAN
  • ALERTLEVELS
  • NMEAMASK

Filed under: Release Notes | Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Adam Hickerson

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