I’m pleased to announce that a new release of the McuOnEclipse components is available in SourceForge, with the following main features and changes:
- Wait: Busy-Waiting using ARM DWT cycle counter
- Percepio FreeRTOS+Trace: Updated to version 3.1.1, simplified usage of streaming and snapshot mode
- GenericSWI2C: MCUXpresso SDK can be used with the bit-banging I2C driver support
- FreeRTOS: includes updates of the 9.0.1 release, ‘optimized task selection, enabled MPU support (experimental)
- Graphical GUI drivers for screens, windows, icons, headers, text widgets and more
- SSD1351: display driver for Solomon Systech SSD1351 display
- More components are now supported by the McuLibConfig settings
- Many other smaller bug fixes and enhancements
Cycle Counting for Cortex-M
The KinetisTools component has been extended with functions to count the execution cycles on Cortex-M with DWT (see “Cycle Counting on ARM Cortex-M with DWT“)
Wait with ARM Cortex DWT Cycle Counter
The Wait component now can use the ARM Cortex DWT cycle counter for a more accurate busy-waiting (see “Cycle Counting on ARM Cortex-M with DWT“).
The component has a setting which can be turned on for ARM Cortex devices, and if it is an ARM Cortex-M3, M4 or M7, it will use the DWT cycle counter register.
The Cycle Counter gets initialized and started in the new Init() function:
Compared to the simple (default) ‘nop’ instruction burning, using the cycle counter provides a better accuracy. Additionally the waiting considers that way interrupt time too.
Below is a 10 ms pin toggling using the cycle counter usage (ARM Cortex-M4):
Which is better than the ‘burning NOPs’ method:
SD1351 and Graphical GUI Components
The Hexiwear (see “Hexiwear: Teardown of the Hackable ‘Do-Anything’ Device“) uses a Solomon Systech SSD1351 OLED display. For a university research project we are rebuilding the drivers with Processor Expert. For this there is now a Processor Expert component featuring the SSD1351:
On top of that, there are now several GUI (Graphical User Interface components) available:
They use the object-oriented Processor Expert approach, and with them I can create screens, windows, headers, icons, text with graphical fonts. Below is an example on the Hexiwear with a multiple choice question to answer on the device :-):
Compared to the original Hexiwear GUI its footprint (RAM, Flash) is much smaller as more targeted for small displays and embedded microcontroller. Additionally the GUI allows navigation and selections using the capacitive touch buttons of the Hexiwear.
An example how to use the components is available on GitHub.
Percepio Trace V3.1.1
The Percepio FreeRTOS trace library has been updated to the latest version V3.1.1 (see https://percepio.com/2017/03/03/tracealyzer-freertos-v3-1-1-better-eclipse-support/). With the new component and version several new settings have been added. It is now possible specify trace enable settings for snapshot and streaming mode. Asserts in the code can be turned off and a separate user event buffer is supported in the settings:
The component works nicely with the new Percepio Eclipse plugin (see “Percepio FreeRTOS Tracealyzer Plugin for Eclipse“).
For the full history see the commits on GitHub. The release is available on SourceForge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/mcuoneclipse/files/PEx%20Components/. See “McuOnEclipse Releases on SourceForge” how to install the update.
I hope you find the new release useful for your projects.
Happy Updating 🙂
- Release on Sourceforge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/mcuoneclipse/files/PEx%20Components/
- Component installation instructions: McuOnEclipse Releases on SourceForge
- McuOnEclipse Library on GitHub: https://github.com/ErichStyger/McuOnEclipseLibrary