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#CHIP EFR32 Pigweed Example Application

The EFR32 example demonstrates the usage of Pigweed module functionalities in an application.

The example is based on CHIP, the Pigweed module, which is a collection of libraries that provide different functionalities for embedded systems, and the EFR32 platform.

You can use this example as a training ground for making experiments, testing Pigweed module features and checking what actions are necessary to fully integrate Pigweed in a CHIP project.

Pigweed functionalities are being gradually integrated into CHIP. Currently, the following features are available:

  • Echo RPC - Creates a Remote Procedure Call server and allows sending commands through the serial port to the device, which makes echo and sends the received commands back.

Building the Example Application

  • Download or clone the sdk_support from GitHub

        git clone

    and export the path with :

        export EFR32_SDK_ROOT=<Path to cloned git repo>
  • Download the Simplicity Commander command line tool, and ensure that commander is your shell search path. (For Mac OS X, commander is located inside

        export PATH=/Applications/$PATH
  • Download and install a suitable ARM gcc tool chain: GNU Arm Embedded Toolchain 9-2019-q4-major

  • Install some additional tools(likely already present for CHIP developers):

    • Linux

        sudo apt-get install git libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 ninja-build
    • Mac OS X

        brew install ninja
  • Supported hardware:

    MG12 boards:

    • BRD4161A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm
    • BRD4162A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD4163A / SLWSTK6000B / Dual band Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm, 868MHz@19dBm
    • BRD4164A / SLWSTK6000B / Dual band Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm, 915MHz@19dBm
    • BRD4166A / SLTB004A / Thunderboard Sense 2 / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD4170A / SLWSTK6000B / Multiband Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm, 915MHz@19dBm
    • BRD4304A / SLWSTK6000B / MGM12P Module / 2.4GHz@19dBm

    MG21 boards: Currently not supported due to RAM limitation.

    • BRD4180A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@20dBm

    MG24 boards :

    • BRD2601B / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD2703A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD4186A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD4186C / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD4187A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@20dBm
    • BRD4187C / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@20dBm
  • Build the example application:

    cd ~/connectedhomeip/examples/pigweed-app/efr32
    git submodule update --init
    source third_party/connectedhomeip/scripts/
    export EFR32_BOARD=BRD4161A
    gn gen out/debug
    ninja -C out/debug
  • To delete generated executable, libraries and object files use:

      cd ~/connectedhomeip/examples/pigweed-app/efr32
      rm -rf out/

Flashing the Application

  • On the command line:

    cd ~/connectedhomeip/examples/pigweed-app/efr32
    python3 out/debug/
  • With the Commander app, just load the .s37 file.

  • Or with the Ozone debugger, just load the .out file.

Testing the Example Application

  • Determine the serial port name for the EFR device by checking /dev: ls /dev/tty*

    It should look like this :
    - On Linux
    - On MAC
  • Run the following command to start an interactive Python shell, where the Echo RPC commands can be invoked:

    python -m pw_hdlc.rpc_console --device /dev/tty.usbmodem0004401548451 -b 115200 <CHIP_ROOT>/third_party/pigweed/repo/pw_rpc/pw_rpc_protos/echo.proto -o /tmp/pw_rpc.out
  • To send an Echo RPC message, type the following command, where the actual message is the text in quotation marks after the msg= phrase:"hi")

    Note: Some users might have to install the VCP driver before the device shows up on /dev/tty.

Memory settings

While most of the RAM usage in CHIP is static, allowing easier debugging and optimization with symbols analysis, we still need some HEAP for the crypto and OpenThread. Size of the HEAP can be modified by changing the value of the SL_STACK_SIZE define inside of the file of this example. Please take note that a HEAP size smaller than 5k can and will cause a Mbedtls failure during the BLE rendez-vous.