Today I attended the regional ‘Design with Freescale’ seminar. It had a part with a hands-on training using PEG for the Tower K60 + TWR-LCD board. It was the first time I had my hands on PEG which is a good learning experience. I learned that it is possible to fill more than 200 KByte of Flash with a simple LCD Touchscreen application which only has two screens, two buttons, a static text and two small bitmaps ;-).
The seminar provided a lot of useful information with road-maps, features and product capabilities. Of course the Kinetis-L launch was a topic too. CodeWarrior with Processor Expert was mentioned in several ways, and featured with the PEG hands-on lab. Another interesting part was that it was combined with a table show of different vendors and distributors.
And here what *really* caught my attention: The Silica/Avnet table had several small brown boxes on the table, which looked like the ones for the FRDM-KL25Z board? And indeed, it was true!
Looks like others received the board, and for the ones I have ordered I still do not have a delivery date. Talking with the person from Silica/Avnet it turned out that they received the board this morning. So I chatted about how great this board is, what I have already done with the white board, and at the end he handed me over a board I could keep. Wow! Thank you Silica/Avnet!
You can imagine that with the board in my hands during the breaks, I had something very useful to do. Chatting with Freescale folks at the event, they told me that there is a new OpenSDA firmware available, and there has been reports with older firmware. And indeed, checking http://www.pemicro.com/opensda has a new firmware on it (dated Sept. 21st). In order not to risk the board, I downloaded the new firmware and installed it as explained in this post. Everything was going fine, and I was able to use both the bootloader and debugging with CodeWarrior for MCU10.3. 🙂
Back at home, time to show some pictures. The board comes in a small box:
Opening the box shows this:
The box comes with *no* cables. Using the board I need at least a spare mini-USB cable. With the box there is a ‘Get to know the FRDM-KL25Z’ card which shows the (old) white board with pinouts. So all what it had was the surrounding box, an inner box, the board and that card. No headers. I read on Element14 that pre-ordered boards will include the headers, but clearly this is not a ‘pre-ordered’ board. It looks more what everyone will get if they order now.
As expected, the board has the JTAG, Arduino and jumper headers not populated. I show it here side by side with the pre-production board I have:
What is disappointing is the fact that the Serial Atmel Flash present on the white board is notpopulated any more on the black board:
Too bad, and I was going to write a Processor Expert component to use that external flash :-(. I’m wondering if the pre-orders will include the serial flash chip too? That would meet my expectations.
The backside of the board looks the same, except that the battery holder is not populated. Wondering if that will be included with the pre-orders:
I quickly tested the black board with one of my applications and CodeWarrior for MCU10.3, and I have no issues found. Now having that board, I’m waiting for the ones I have ordered.
Happy Designing 🙂