PSoC 6 BLE Events

Edit: It turns out that I wrote this article in February of 2018 and never published it.  But it has good stuff… so here it is.


Over the last several weeks I have been spending time working with the PSoC 6 BLE.  Specifically the BLE part of the system.  Last weekend I found myself having problems with my design and I was really struggling to figure them out.  I realized that I “knew” what was happening with the BLE callbacks… but that I didn’t really “KNOW!”.  So I decided to build a simple project to show what events were happening and why.

In this article I will show/tell you how (to):

  1. The BLE is supposed to work
  2. The PSoC 6 BLE example project
  3. Write the firmware
  4. Test the system

You can “git” this workspace at or GitHub.

How the PSoC 6 BLE is supposed to work

Honestly, the first time I started looking at the BLE (in my case it was the PSoC 4 BLE), it felt overwhelming.  But, it is actually pretty simple.  You, the firmware developer, send commands to the BLE stack using the Cypress PDL BLE middleware API.  Then, when “something” happens, the BLE stack sends you back an “event” in the callback.  That “something” can either be an acknowledgement that your API call has done something, or, it can be that something has happened on the radio side (e.g. you have been connected to by a client).  When you write a PSoC 6 BLE program you need to provide an event handler function (so that the BLE stack can send you events).  The function prototype for that handler is:

This function has two arguments.

  1. An integer that is an eventCode (which you can put into the switch).  All of the event codes will look like “CYBLE_EVT_”
  2. A void pointer, that you will cast into a specific pointer based on the event code.

Your event handler code will then be a big switch statement, where you will look at the events, and do something (or not).

When you look in the PDL BLE Middleware documentation you can see the APIs and what events happen based on your API calls.  For example Cy_BLE_GAPP_StartAdvertisement tell the PSoC BLE Stack to start advertising.  You can see that it will generate 4 possible events i.e. CY_BLE_EVT_GAPP_START_STOP

When you click on the event in the documentation it will tell you the meaning of the event, and what the eventParameter means (i.e. what you should cast it to in order to figure out the data passed to you)

Build the project

To build the project, first make a new PSoC 63 BLE project.  Then edit the schematic to have a BLE and a UART.

PSoC 6 BLE Events Schematic

Assign the UART pins to the KitProg UART bridge pins (aka P50/P51)

PSoC 6 BLE Events Pin Assignment

Configure the BLE to be a GAP Peripheral.

PSoC 6 BLE Events Configuration

Add a custom service to the project by loading the LED Service.  It doesn’t really matter what service you add for this project.  I just picked this one because I am using it for another project.  You could have just as easily picked one of the pre-existing definitions or made your own.

PSoC 6 BLE Events Configuration

This is what the LED Service looks like.

PSoC 6 BLE Events - LED Service

Configure the GAP settings.  Specifically name your device – in this case I named mine “mytest”

PSoC 6 BLE Events GAP Configuration

Edit the advertising packet to include the name and the service.

PSoC 6 BLE Events Advertising Configuration

Write the Firmware

Remember the main event in this example project is the BLE Event Handler.  I created this event handler with the events that I normally used (i.e. CY_BLE_EVT_STACK_ON) and then kept adding events until I had them all defined.  The way that I knew an event was missing from the “switch” was by the default case printing out the event number.

Now you need a task to run the BLE.  It just runs the Cy_BLE_ProcessEvents each time an event needs to be handled.

Test the System

Finally program the CY8CKIT-062-BLE and attach with it to CySmart or LightBlue.  There are three phases

  1. The stack turns on and starts advertising (CY_BLE_EVT_STACK_ON –> CY_BLE_EVT_GAPP_ADVERTISMENT)
  2. A connection is made and eventually disconnected (CY_BLE_EVT_CONNECT_IND –> CY_BLE_EVT_GAP_DEVICE_DISCONNECTED
  3. You start advertising again CY_BLE_EVT_GAPP_ADVERTISEMENT_START_STOP

PSoC 6 BLE Events