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The Cyclone FX is PEmicro's most advanced in-circuit, stand-alone flash programmer which will in-circuit program, debug, and test MCU devices either in a stand-alone mode or controlled from a PC.
The FX offers a range of enhancements to the popular Cyclone LC programmer, including faster communication speed, more and expandable storage, additional security options, and more. Programming may be launched by a single button press without a host PC or automatically from a PC via the automated control SDK. The Cyclone may also be used as a debug probe during development.
Cyclone FX Advanced Features
The Cyclone can be used to program target processors in stand-alone mode without a PC. In this case, the images for programming are downloaded into the non-volatile memory of the Cyclone in advance of programming.
Once a programming image is resident in the Cyclone, programming can be as simple as pressing the start button. The result of programming can be seen on the Success/Error LEDs as well as the touchscreen (which shows far more detail). Using the start button is an extremely simple and fast way to program targets on the production line as well as perform firmware upgrades in the field. The difference between success and failure is clearly shown to the operator. The currently selected image can be changed on the touch screen.
Automatic serialization of the target processors, as specified by the image, is fully supported without a PC.
Stand-alone programming of an image can be manually launched in several ways:
Stand Alone Programming may also be fully automated from a PC.Stand-alone Programming - Automated
In addition to manual launch via the start button, stand-alone programming can be automatically controlled from a PC using the included Cyclone Control Suite.
The goal is to allow full control of one or more Cyclones from the PC, either from within a GUI, a custom application, or from the command-line. This includes launching programming, recovering results, managing images resident on a Cyclone, adding unique programming data for each target, and more. All of these things are possible in an automated way without an operator. The simplest fundamental control of programming looks like this :
The three components of the Cyclone Control Suite allow you to automate control of a stand-alone programming image from a PC in several ways:
Advanced Features (included on Cyclone FX)
Allows multiple SAP images to be added/removed/updated, allows programming to be launched on multiple cyclones, programming results to be recovered, dynamic data to be programmed along with the image's data, image management (add, delete, verify, etc), and more directly from the user's own application. Allows remote control and "touch" of Cyclone screen via GUI application.
PEmicro provides utilities to set up the Cyclone and generate programming images. Cyclone IP Setup Utility enables users to set network parameters, associate a name with each particular Cyclone, upgrade the Cyclone Firmware, and setup user options for LCD display. Cyclone Image Creation Utility Configures and generate a programming image which sets up their architecture, object code, programming parameters, desired communication protocols, SWD or JTAG, Target Power and Voltage Settings, image restrictions, and much more. Cyclone Image manager allows the user to manage images on their cyclone.
PROG programming software allows the user to in-circuit program flash program for both internal memory and external flash devices, via Cyclone, without needing an IDE. The command-line version, CPROG, is not included in these free packages. Details of these packages are listed in PE Micro ISP Packages that are normally charged for.
PEmicro provides several utilities to make the programming process versatile and manageable as well. The SAP Launch Utility may be invoked in a batch file to carry out pre-configured operations. The Barcode Test Generator utility facilitates creating a Barcode Test creates tests whether an input barcode meets the criterion that the user is looking for to be considered a match (exactly or range). The Serialize utility is a graphical utility for creating, testing, and updating serial number files.
Also available for free download is the GDB Server for ARM Devices, when paired with PEmicro hardware, extends the GNU debugger so that it allows for remote debugging of any microcontroller target present on the user network.
PEmicro's Secure Boot Helper Utility is a valuable tool that helps speed setup and troubleshooting of Secure Boot in NXP's I.MX RT devices. A convenient interface allows easy configuration and provides immediate, vital feedback so that users know their device will be secure in the field. Check out an overview of Secure Boot and our Secure Boot Helper Utility, and view a walk-through of how the utility coordinates seamlessly with the Cyclone Image Creation Utility when creating stand-alone programming images with Secure Boot settings.
As well as a programmer, Cyclone can act as a debug probe for software like NXP Codewarrior, MCUXpresso, Eclipse IDEs, Keil and IAR. If you have none of these, you can use PE Micro's ICD packages instead for source level debugging. These are not included free and you will need to purchase the appropriate ICD package for your device, see PE Micro ICD Software
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