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by Mikhail Andreev


PEmicro’s GDB server can be installed directly into an Eclipse based IDE from an update site on PEmicro’s website. This adds the ability to debug via PEmicro’s Multilink, Cyclone, and OpenSDA hardware interfaces via the standard GDB debugger. Features include flash programming, breakpoints, watchpoints, trim, memory preservation, real-time variables, semi-hosting, and more. PEmicro periodically updates the plugins on its website with new device support, new features, and bug fixes.

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by Esteban Gonzalez


The Cyclone FX has the capability to automatically select and launch a programming image based upon a scanned barcode. This can generate an error if more than one image corresponds to the barcode or no images correspond to the barcode. The CYCLONE FX includes a way to quickly gain insight into the issue. A log file is created every time the barcode scanner operates and it details the scanned barcode as well as the analysis process used to select the appropriate programming image.

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by Julie Perreault

Different targets require a different power schemes that depend on the design of the target board, target voltages, and even the device architecture. PEmicro has designed their CYCLONE and CYCLONE FX to optionally power a target before, during, and after programming. Power can be sourced at many voltage levels from the Cyclone itself or sourced by an external power supply and switched by the Cyclone.

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by Kevin Perreault


The CYCLONE and CYCLONE FX programmers from PEmicro have large 4.3” touchscreens which allow the user to see the Cyclone’s current status, select programming images, configure settings, and more. However, sometimes the Cyclone may be either at a remote location or physically inaccessible. For example, Cyclone programmers are often mounted within enclosed test fixtures and sometimes even have the screens physically removed to save space. In any of these cases, the touchscreen can also be accessed remotely, via Ethernet and USB.

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by Edison Tam


P&E is excited to announce that we have recently added debug and flash programming support for a number of new ARM processor families:

These processors are now fully supported by P&E’s Cyclone and Multilink products, and PROGACMP flash programming software. Click to view all ARM devices we support.

If you already own one of these products, you may click to download the latest ARM algorithms and support files.

by Takao Yamada


P&E has just released pipelined programming algorithms for a variety of Power Architecture devices. These new pipelined algorithms can be huge time-savers for those who program Power Architecture devices either in development or on their manufacturing lines, as they result in 50% to 100% faster programming times than when using non-pipelined algorithms. These significant programming performance improvements are available for the following Power Architecture device families:

  • NXP MPC56xx
  • NXP MPC57xx
  • ST Micro SPC56xx
  • ST Micro SPC57xx
  • ST Micro SPC58xx

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by Esteban Gonzalez


Automatic selection and launch of a specific flash programming image based on a scanned barcode can improve the speed and accuracy of production programming, especially when there is a varied product mix being programmed. Barcode scanning improves accuracy by making the process of selecting a programming image and initiating the programming process less cumbersome, and less vulnerable to user error. P&E's CYCLONE FX programmers have the ability to use a barcode scanner, connected via the Cyclone's host USB port, to initiate programming. When a barcode is scanned, the Cyclone can automatically select a specific programming image based on the barcode and program a target with it. This results in a more efficient manufacturing process.

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BOSTON - December 14, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. has announced the release of support for macOS in P&E’s Eclipse GDB Server. P&E offers a downloadable GDB server plug-in for Eclipse-based 3rd party IDE’s including those by NXP, Atollic, and Somnium. It also features full support for P&E's Multilink debug probes and Cyclone production programmers, plus NXP’s openSDA series of debuggers and programmers. Apple® users are now able to take advantage of P&E's versatile hardware solutions using NXP’s software tools and P&E’s GDB server in their preferred operating system.

"macOS" is a trademark and "Apple" is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. "ARM" and "Cortex" are registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries.


P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. has announced the release of a new Multilink development tool and a new Cyclone manufacturing tool, both focused specfically on ARM Cortex devices.

Multilink ACP

The development tool is the Multilink ACP, which joins P&E's successful line of Multilink debug probes. The Multilink ACP features support for ARM Cortex devices only, which allows P&E to offer this new Multilink at a terrific value.The Multilink ACP supports a wide variety of ARM device manufacturers. A full list can be browsed at P&E's ARM device portal.

Cyclone ACP FX

The manufacturing tool is P&E's new Cyclone ACP FX production programmer. The Cyclone ACP FX is a flagship Cyclone FX programmer, but with a focus on ARM devices only. The Cyclone ACP FX features blazing programming speed, a huge internal memory,enhanced security features (such as the ability to add restrictions to specific programming images), an SD port for expandable memory, and expansion ports that enable unique, valuable plug-ins such as a bar code scanner for programming.

P&E will be showing these new tools for ARM device development and production, along with other new P&E technology, at ARM Techcon in Santa Clara, CA on Oct. 25-27. P&E welcomes visitors and will be at booth #801.


BOSTON - October 17, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. has announced the addition of support for Renesas' RH850 devices to P&E's diverse line of embedded systems tools.

Renesas' RH850 is a family of high-performance, low power automotive microcontrollers. P&E's powerful Cyclone for Renesas stand-alone programmer now supports these and many other families of Renesas devices.

Current users of compatible P&E products can update their product firmware to add support for these devices. The corresponding programming algorithms can be downloaded from P&E's online support center.


BOSTON - October 17, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. has announced the addition of support Nordic Semiconductor's nRF52 devices to P&E's diverse line of embedded systems tools.

Nordic's nRF52 devices are ARM Cortex MCUs that include automotive-grade and Bluetooth low-energy microcontrollers. P&E offers a range of ARM-compatible solutions including Cyclone stand-alone programmers, Multilink debug probes, and flash programming software which now support nRF52 in addition to a wide range of other ARM Cortex devices.

Current users of compatible P&E products can update their product firmware to add support for these devices. The corresponding programming algorithms can be downloaded from P&E's online support center.


BOSTON - June 16, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. today announced the ability to add usage restrictions to programming images created for the Cyclone FX stand alone programmer. These usage restrictions include the ability to limit programming to a specific date range and also to set a maximum number of programming operations which can occur. The effect of this is that the user can limit the duration and amount of programming allowed by an image. This can be useful for protecting the IP contained within a programming image as well as making sure that programming images in production are not too far out of date. These restrictions persist even when the images are deleted/restored on a Cyclone unit's internal memory or SD card. Images are encoded in such a way as to deter tampering.

Image restrictions are set in the Cyclone Configuration Utility

The Cyclone FX programmer is a stand-alone in-circuit programmer which supports many NXP and ARM Cortex based devices. Cyclone FX owners who wish to update their Cyclones can download the latest software and firmware from P&E's website.

Programming count displayed on the Cyclone FX home screen

This new security feature is documented in the latest version of the Cyclone FX User Manual.

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