New Gadget to Explore: Freescale FRDM-K82F Board

It’s not Christmas yet, but: For a research project I’m currently evaluating a new microcontroller where I need a bit more leg room. Right on time I saw that there is a new board available which caught my interest: The Freescale FRDM-K82F :-). Without thinking too much about it, I have ordered that board from Mouser Thursday last week and I had it in my hand today πŸ™‚ Time to put up a quick post about it:

New Box on the table

New Box on the table

The board is prices around $50, so more than the $15 I’m used for the FRDM-KL25Z. Well, I’m getting some more for the money too:

  • 150 MHz ARM Cortex-M4F
  • 256 KByte SRAM
  • 2x 32MBit (4 MByte) QSPI memory
  • The ‘usual’ push buttons, RGB LED, accelerometer/magnetometer, …

I expected the usual FRDM box, but that board comes in a new (in my view better) box, suitable to put it into a shelf of board.

The package has the usual Quick Reference with a ‘getting started’:

FRDM-K82F Board Content

FRDM-K82F Board Content

The board is in a normel anti-static bag (I always tell students to be aware of ESD!). Behind some cardboard, there is a micro USB cable for the board (finally there is such a cable included! I missed that USB cable in the previous FRDM board packages):

FRDM-K82F Box Content

FRDM-K82F Box Content

The board has lots of features and most of the header mounted. On the right there are two rows of FLEXIO headers (for a camera? Hmm, thinking now using that board for my Quadrocopter?). On the left side of the CPU there are two QSPI Memory devices (2x32MBit).

FRDM-K82F Board Details

FRDM-K82F Board Details

FRDM-K82F Bottom Side

FRDM-K82F Bottom Side

Beside of the Arduino headers, I see capacitive touch pads, header for serial bluetooth module, header for nRF24L01+ transceiver :-).

A factory-installed RGB LED demo is running on the board:

RGB Demo

RGB Demo

That’s it. Now I have the board, and I only need to find more time to actually using it ;-). I will try to find some cycles to explore it more. And I’m willing to borrow the board until then to anyone who is able to show up in my office :-).

Happy Boarding πŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “New Gadget to Explore: Freescale FRDM-K82F Board

    • I have to check the data sheet of the device first. But typically that kind of things is used for Linux systems too. You can store data and/or run code from it. So it is basically an extension of your program memory.

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  1. Hi Erich!
    Wow how fast you’ve got it!!!
    GND test-hook looks awesome and useful for different logic analyzers. I wish that processors have HS USB like it was in a preview info on frescale cite.
    Example running a simple code from QSPIs would be very cool in learning purposes!!! I will wait inpatiently for that:)

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    • Hello Alexey,
      You have an example of that currently available in Freescale KSDK 1.3:

      C:\Freescale\KSDK_1.3.0\examples\twrk80f150m\demo_apps\hello_world_qspi

      Regards,

      Santiago

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      • Hello Santiago,
        Many thanks! Never checked examples for boards I have not got currently. Need to read readme-files better πŸ™‚

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  2. Hello Erich,

    Did you know that Freedom boards used to feature the processor in a 45 degree angle to mimic Freescale logo? Perhaps today with NxP fusion that is no longer important.

    Cheers!
    Rafael.

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    • Hi Raphael,
      I don’t think this is because of the FSL logo: it is common practice to place devices with many pins in a 45Β° angle on the board to make it easier to route the pins to all directions.

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