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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.

Figure 1: Remotely View & Interact with Touchscreen Menu
Remotely View & Interact with Touchscreen Menu
While there are many ways to interact with a Cyclone, including graphical utilities, command-line utilities, and DLLs, the touch screen can often be very convenient. The following is a short tutorial demonstrating how to remotely access the Cyclone screen. To view and interact with a Cyclone’s display from the PC, first run the IP Setup Utility (ConfigureIP.exe) :
Figure 2: Run ConfigureIP.exe
Run ConfigureIP.exe
The GUI pictured below will appear. Select the appropriate Cyclone to access, click the “Open” button and then the “View Current Cyclone Screen…” button.
Figure 3: Select Cyclone and View Screen
Select Cyclone and View Screen
A window will pop up showing the Display:
Figure 4: Display Read From Cyclone
Display Read From Cyclone
The “Display Read From Cyclone” window is a pixel by pixel representation of the Cyclone’s touchscreen. Clicking on this window with the mouse pointer has the same effect as physically touching the Cyclone’s touchscreen. The user may prompt the screen to refresh by clicking the Refresh button. The user may also check the “Auto-Refresh” checkbox, which will cause the Display to update whenever the contents of the Cyclone’s touchscreen change.






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