Besides providing the capability of using external devices, such as switches and potentiometer to control Tesira, there’s the possibility of having the audio system control external devices such as LEDs and Relays or drive logic inputs of other devices. Since LEDs and Relays are analog devices, these need to be connected to Tesira thru an EX-Logic. This note covers the details on wiring LEDs and Relays to the EX-Logic.
Wiring an LED
An LED can be connected to an EX-LOGIC such that it is being powered directly by the EX-LOGIC, or powered from an external power supply.
Using EX-LOGIC as a power source
When configured as a logic output, each of the 16 GPIO pins can be configured as a current source to drive an LED directly (5V / 10mA maximum per output). To wire an LED in this mode, connect the LED’s anode (long lead) to the EX-Logic output and the cathode (short lead) to the ground terminal on the EX-logic as shown in the diagram below:
When using EX-LOGIC as a power source, the corresponding Logic Output blocks in your Tesira configuration must be created with the "Enable Powered Outputs" option selected.
Additionally, four of the connections (13-16) are configurable to operate as variable voltage control connections. These connections can provide a variable output from ground up to +5V. They can also accept a variable input voltage (such as a potentiometer for volume control) up to 5V, which can be sourced from the +5V port next to port 13.
Using an external power source
GPIO pins 1-12 can be configured as simple contact closure outputs capable of sinking up to 300mA at 40V. In this mode, an external power supply is required (e.g. to drive a high brightness LED or multiple LED’s). GPIO pins 13-16 are not capable of sinking voltages greater than 4V and must use an external relay (see below).
Please note: When LED’s are wired to the EX-Logic using this method, the “Enable Powered Outputs” should remain unchecked in the Logic Output Initialization window in Tesira to avoid damaging the EX-Logic.
To wire an LED to an EX-logic using an external power supply, make the following connections as shown in the diagram below:
- Connect the negative terminal of the power supply to the ground terminal on the EX-Logic.
- Connect the positive terminal of the power supply to the resistor. Resistor value can be calculated using the following formula:
R = V/I
- R = value of resistor in kOhms
- V = supply voltage – the LED turn on voltage
- I = required current in mA
- Connect the resistor to the LED’s Anode (long lead).
- Connect the LED’s Cathode (short lead) to the EX-Logic logic output.
Wiring a relay
Wiring a relay is in essence very similar to wiring an LED. The only difference is that a resistor is not needed but a diode needs to be connected between the terminals of the relay coil to suppress high voltage transients that are generated when the relay turns off (Note that some relays have this diode already built-in). To wire a relay to the EX-Logic, do the following connections as shown in the diagram below:
- Connect the negative terminal of the power supply to the ground terminal on the EX-Logic
- Connect the positive terminal of the power supply to one of the relay’s coil terminals
- Connect the other relay coil terminal to the EX-Logic output
- Connect the diode’s Anode to the logic output of the EX-Logic
- Connect the diode’s Cathode to the positive terminal of the power supply
Source vs Sink
Source is voltage and current provided by the EX-Logic. It is up to 5V / 10mA per output.
Sink is the voltage and current that the port can recieve from an external power source. It is up to 40V / 300mA per input.
TesiraFORTÉ, Server, and Server-IO GPIO note
Behavior of the GPIO pins on the TesiraFORTÉ, Server, and Server-IO are the same as those of the EX-Logic pins 13-16.