Segger J-Link Firmware for OpenSDAv2

Segger just has released their OpenSDAv2 firmware. The OpenSDAv2 firmware is different from the OpenSDAv1 as it is using a different memory map and bootloader. The OpenSDAv2 e.g. is present on the new FRDM-K64F board. The availability of the Segger firmware is definitely good news for any owner of the FRDM-K64F board: so far only the CMSIS-DAP firmware was available (on top of the mbed bootloader). With this, it was not possible to use the board with CodeWarrior, except with using an external P&E Multilink or Segger J-Link. With that new Segger J-Link OpenSDAv2 firmware, I can now use the FRDM-K64F with any IDE which supports the Segger J-Link :-).

FRDM-K64F with Segger OpenSDAv2 Firmware

FRDM-K64F with Segger OpenSDAv2 Firmware

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JoyStick Shield with the FRDM Board

The latest addition to my set of Arduino shields is a true fun thing: The ElecFreaks.com JoyStick Shield 🙂

ElecFreaks.com Joystick Board with FRDM-KL25Z and nRF24L01+

ElecFreaks.com Joystick Board with FRDM-KL25Z and nRF24L01+

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FRDM with Arduino Ethernet Shield R3, Part 4: MinIni

I admit: my Ethernet Shield project got stuck because of too many urgent other priorities. I was not happy with the way the project was using configuration data from FLASH memory: I have now multiple ethernet shields in use, and configuring the IP address for each shield is a pain. I have not got DHCP working (yet), so why not using the SD card on the shield for configuration data? And right on time I received a tip from Marc about MinIni: perfect, exactly what I need!

Ethernet Shield with SD card

Ethernet Shield with SD card

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The Turbo Encabulator

At the university the mid-term presentations are due. Which reminds me about the importance to use the right terms and keywords not only for scientific presentations and abstracts, but as well to use and know the correct terms in any presentation or documentation. A have been pointed to an interesting concept: The Turbo Encabulator, described in this data sheet:

Turboencabulator

Turboencabulator

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Binary (and S19) Files for the mbed Bootloader with Eclipse and GNU ARM Eclipse Plugins

The existing OpenSDAv1 (see “OpenSDA on the Freedom KL25Z Board“) bootloader is using the industry standard Motorola S-Record (S19) Files. However, new FRDM-K64F board (see “FTF: FRDM-K64F, Kinetis Design Studio and Kinetis SDK“) has OpenSDAv2 on it, which is an mbed bootloader. So how to create files with an IDE other than mbed for that bootloader which is present on the FRDM-K64F board by default? Well, creating binary files is one thing, but to have it working with the mbed bootloader is another challenge :-(.

FRDM-K64F with mbed MSD bootloader

FRDM-K64F with mbed MSD bootloader

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Using the FRDM-K64F with CodeWarrior

The new flagship of FRDM boards is the FRDM-K64F board. After FTF I have explored different ways debugging the board, and received many comments and questions about it (thanks!). Freescale announced the supports with the new Eclipse based Kinetis Design Studio (KDS). But until KDS is out, how can I use the FRDM-K64F board with CodeWarrior?

Debugging FRDM-K64F Board with CodeWarrior for MCU v10.6

Debugging FRDM-K64F Board with CodeWarrior for MCU v10.6

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Recovering FRDM-K64F mbed Board

The mbed for FRDM-K64F firmware (http://mbed.org/handbook/Firmware-FRDM-K64F) has great potential. Unfortunately it seems that edges are still very rough: It happens very  often that my FRDM-K64F board gets locked up :-(. I can see that the target CPU is constantly resetting: the red reset LED is always on:

FRDM-K64F Red Reset LED always on

FRDM-K64F Red Reset LED always on

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GNU Linker, can you NOT Initialize my Variable?

my students sometimes are afraid to ask questions, although I urge them ask any question. In my opinion there are no ‘dumb’ questions: only questioning things let us think and learn new things. I see that many readers of this blog are *not* afraid to comment or ask questions. The WordPress statistics shows 5’687 questions/comments for this blog (thank you all!), and the spam filter protected me from 202,341 items (ok, these *are* dumb) :-).

The ‘question of the week’ comes from Andy. That question caused me some serious head scratching, but the same time I have learned something important and useful for my next project: how to tell the ARM GNU linker *not* to initialize variables?

GNU ARM Embedded Linker Options

GNU ARM Embedded Linker Options

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Pin Muxing: Using the NMI Pin as GPIO Pin

Many modern microcontroller have a cool feature: Pin Muxing. What it means is that I can ‘mux’ the pins for different purposes: such as I can use a SPI or I2C pin as GPIO (General Purpose Pin) or vice versa. In an ideal world, I would be able to ‘route’ or ‘mux’ pins freely around. In practice these ‘way switches’ are more or less limited.

In “Using the Reset Button on the Freedom Board as User Button” I muxed the FRDM-KL25Z reset pin as GPIO pin. The same approach can be used for muxing the NMI (Non-Maskable Interrupt) pin for the Freescale Kinetis devices. I’m showing it here how to do this with Processor Expert as this allows me to do this with a few mouse clicks.

NMI Pin Used as GPIO Pin

NMI Pin Used as GPIO Pin

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Creating New Eclipse Debug Configuration

Eclipse is very powerful. To the point that you can do the same thing in multiple ways. I’m always learning new things, and recently I discovered a new way how to create a new launch or debug configuration.

So far I selected the item (e.g. GDB Hardware Debugging) and used the ‘New’ Icon:

New Debug Configuration with New Icon

New Debug Configuration with New Icon

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Tutorial: User Interrupts with Processor Expert

I have been asked this question several times:

“How can I define my own interrupt vector with Processor Expert?”

So I think it deserves a short tutorial, if more than one person is asking this ;-).

My user interrupt in the vector table

My user interrupt in the vector table

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Processor Expert (Driver Suite/Plugins/KDS) V10.4 with new Component Inspector

There has been a lot of new Freescale releases recently around FTF, and I’m trying to catch up. For me as a Processor Expert Lover, it is good news that there is now the new version 10.4 available. And it comes in different ways:

Microcontrollers Driver Suite v10.4

Microcontrollers Driver Suite v10.4

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The Zumo Bots at FTF 2014

I should have known it better, and I always teach my students that they should take the environment into account. And you know what? This time it was me who missed following that rule.

But from the beginning: For the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) I brought 4 different Zumo Robots to show developing with the Freedom board and Processor Expert. Clark (thanks again, Clark!) has built and brought the Sumo Dojo, and I brought the bots:

Zumo Bots at FTF

Four Zumo Bots at FTF

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GNU Additional Tools: Create Flash Image, Print Size and Extended Listing Options

One question I have been asked several times here at FTF:

“How can I create an S19/Motorola S-Record with Eclipse?”

The answer depends on which Eclipse you are using. Actually it depends on which (ARM) build  tools plugin you are using, as with Eclipse you have the freedom of choice.

And this is not only about S19/Binary (Flash Image), but covers ‘Extended Listing’ and ‘Print Size’:

Additional Tool Options

Additional Tool Options

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FTF: FRDM-K64F, Kinetis Design Studio and Kinetis SDK

I’m attending the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Dallas this year: As they say here: “everything is bigger in Texas”, that’s the motto of this conference ;-). The conference is packed, and I have a hard time to keep up with all the things going on. My focus is obviously everything around Eclipse and ARM microcontroller. The conference started yesterday afternoon with hands-on labs, and I was in the one were Freescale presented the new ‘Kinetis Design Studio’: a free of charge/unlimited Eclipse tool chain based on Eclipse Kepler, GCC and GDB. Freescale presented their new software library ‘Kinetis SDK’. And: There is a new Freedom board which gets handed out to the attendees: the FRDM-K64F :-).

Texas Style Glass Coverage

Texas Style Glass Coverage

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What Meetings feel like for Engineers

My students and everyone in my office know me: I’m a HUGE fan of Dilbert. There is rarely a lecture for which I do not have a Dilbert cartoon which shows the daily life of an engineer  in as few as 3 cartoons. Humor is a good way to reflect behaviour and to have a laugh, so usually I tell every week a fun story to the class. I collect fun stories from students, from my family, my peers, or from my life as teacher, researcher and engineer.

And here I share my newest fun story (a video this time): An engineer as ‘expert’ in a business/requirement meeting. The task is simple: create seven red lines. But the twist is that these lines must be perpendicular

The Meeting with the Expert

The Meeting with the Expert

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