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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.

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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 - 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.






   

BOSTON - May 3, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. today updated the popular Cyclone Automated Control Package to support P&E's recently released Cyclone Universal and Cyclone Universal FX stand-alone production programmers.

The Automated Control Package features a Windows dynamic link library (DLL), command-line script application, and supporting documentation making it simple to create custom software applications that directly control Cyclone units. It also enables users to control multiple Cyclones with a single PC, modify stored images, manage multiple images, and program non-sequential dynamic data such as serial numbers. Example projects are provided in several popular development languages.

The Cyclone Automated Control Package is available in Professional and Enterprise versions to suit both small and large production scales. The Enterprise edition includes documentation describing the RS-232 and Ethernet protocols. A Basic version is available for no cost.

More information is available on the Cyclone Automated Control Package product page.






   

BOSTON – March 28, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems is now shipping Rev. C of the Cyclone for ARM devices, which represents an evolution in both features and value from the older Rev. B model. P&E's Cyclones have set the standard for powerful, versatile production programming and debug. The Cyclone for ARM devices was designed to offer the very best of the Cyclone platform with a focus on enhanced security, extremely fast performance, test, and expandability.

Rev. C of the Cyclone for ARM devices supports ARM® Cortex® devices from many different manufacturers - click the graphic on the right for a full list of supported devices. An easy-to-use access panel opens to reveal JTAG/SWD headers. This new Rev. C Cyclone represents an even more outstanding value than its predecessor, given its rich feature set and affordable cost.

Features:

  • 4.3" Touchscreen Display
  • Secure: Anti-tamper technology, internal memory protection & encryption
  • 16Mb internal memory for up to 8 programming images
  • Start button rated for 1M+ presses
  • Provides/switches target power
  • Runs test/calibration applications
  • Simple to control/automate
  • Stores multiple programming images
  • Ethernet, USB, & Serial
  • Can operate in stand-alone mode or integrated with a PC
  • Multiple units can operate together as a gang programmer
  • and many more!

Read more on the Cyclone for ARM devices product page.

ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries.






   

BOSTON – March 15, 2016 - P&E Microcomputer Systems is now shipping the Cyclone Universal FX, which is the flagship model of P&E's next-generation Cyclone programmers. P&E's Cyclones have set the standard for powerful, versatile production programming and debug. The Cyclone Universal FX was designed to offer the very best of the Cyclone platform with a focus on enhanced security, extremely fast performance, test, and expandability.

The Cyclone Universal FX combines support for many NXP 8-/16-/32-bit architectures with support for ARM® Cortex® devices from many different manufacturers. P&E has maintained compatibility with their existing product line while combining support for all of these target architectures into a single unit.

Cyclone Universal FX Features:

(Features in bold are key differentiators between the Cyclone Universal and Cyclone Universal FX
  • 4.3" Touchscreen Display
  • Start button rated for 1M+ presses
  • Secure: Anti-tamper technology, internal memory protection & encryption. Advanced security features coming soon.
  • Extremely fast: Up to 25Mb/s target communications speed
  • 1GB internal memory
  • No practical limit to number of programming images
  • Memory expansion via SD card
  • USB Expansion Port and Control Expansion Port features coming soon
  • Provides/switches target power
  • Runs test/calibration applications
  • Simple to control/automate
  • Stores multiple programming images
  • Ethernet, USB, & Serial
  • Can operate in stand-alone mode or integrated with a PC
  • Multiple units can operate together as a gang programmer
  • and many more!

Read more on the Cyclone Universal FX product page.

ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries.






   

BOSTON – February 4, 2016 - P&E is pleased to announce that support has been added to its products for files using version 3 and version 4 of the ELF/DWARF format. This is in addition to existing support for ELF/DWARF version 2 and includes both debug and object information handling. Support for 64-bit objects and structures within the ELF/DWARF files has also been added.

Support for these additional file formats is available today in P&E's debug, flash programming, and test products.






   

BOSTON – November 13, 2015 - P&E Microcomputer Systems is now shipping the Cyclone Universal, which is the first of P&E's next-generation Cyclone programmers. P&E's Cyclones have set the standard for powerful, versatile production programming and debug. The Cyclone Universal was designed as the first in a next-generation Cyclone platform with a focus on security, performance, test, and expandability.

The Cyclone Universal combines support for many NXP/Freescale 8-/16-/32-bit architectures with support for ARM® Cortex® devices from many different manufacturers. P&E has maintained compatibility with their existing product line while combining support for all of these target architectures into a single unit.

Cyclone Universal Features:

  • 4.3" Touchscreen Display
  • Secure: Anti-tamper technology, internal memory protection & encryption
  • Start button rated for 1M+ presses
  • Provides/switches target power
  • Runs test/calibration applications
  • Simple to control/automate
  • Stores multiple programming images
  • Ethernet, USB, & Serial
  • Can operate in stand-alone mode or integrated with a PC
  • Multiple units can operate together as a gang programmer
  • and many more!

Read more on the Cyclone Universal product page.

    

ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries.






Supported Architectures

  • Kinetis®
  • S32
  • LPCxxxx
  • ColdFire® V2/V3/V4
  • ColdFire+/V1
  • MPC5xx/8xx
  • Qorivva® (MPC5xxx, SPC5xxx)
  • DSC
  • MAC7xxx
  • S12Z
  • HC(S)12(X)
  • HCS08
  • HC08
  • RS08
  • ARM® Cortex® processors

AUSTIN, TX – June 22, 2015 - P&E's Cyclones have set the standard for powerful, versatile production programming and debug. We have completely redesigned the Cyclone Platform with state of the art, high-speed technology. We have maintained compatibility with our existing product line while combining support for many target architectures in a single unit and focusing on outstanding security, performance, and features.

Join us at the Freescale® Technology Forum (FTF) in Austin, June 22-25. Come visit us at booth #617 for a chance to win one of two Cyclone Universal FX units, once they are released!

In addition to supporting more target architectures, these new Cyclones offer several improvements over their predecessors:

  • Large internal memory: 1GB+ secure memory storage.
  • Focus on security: Internal memory protection & encryption, anti-tampering technology, tie images to specific Cyclones, programming count limits, date range limits, logging, etc.
  • Extremely fast target communications: 25mb/s+
  • Enhanced Interface: 4.3" Touch Screen, 1M touch Start Button.
  • External memory: SDHC port for external memory cards
  • Test Support: Images can run test code before programming
  • And more! Launch port, battery backed clock, provides and switches power to target, expanded architecture support, bar code scanner support, current & voltage measurement, etc.

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ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries).
Freescale, Qorivva, Kinetis, and ColdFire are registered trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.






BOSTON – June 3, 2015 - P&E Microcomputer Systems is now providing serial SPI memory device programming algorithms for devices attached to ARM® Cortex-M microcontrollers. There are many reasons to use P&E’s algorithms for your programming requirements. Some of the more significant reasons are:
  • These algorithms work on all current manufacturers’ Cortex-M0…M4 microcontrollers.
  • Program both your microcontroller memory and attached SPI memories in one simple step.
  • Any four I/O port pins can be used to talk to the SPI devices: CLK, CS, MOSI, and MISO.
  • Any combination of microcontroller port pins can be used to connect to SPI memory devices.
  • Very fast bit banging software is used to implement these efficient and universal algorithms.
  • Data transfer rate to the SPI is increased by faster microcontroller operating frequencies.
  • Rates of over 600 kilobytes per second have been observed on a 120 MHz microcontroller.
  • All P&E SPI service algorithms automatically do a verify during the programming process.
  • No need to fight with complex SPI hardware during development and production processes.
  • Even if you use SPI hardware in your design, P&E’s algorithms can still be effectively used.
  • Configuration for your hardware setup is easy and readily updated during development.
  • Algorithms work seamlessly with P&E’s Cyclone mass production hardware and software.
  • Usable with P&E’s well-known GUI and Command Line programming software products.
  • Compatible with P&E’s SWD/JTAG development hardware interfaces such as Multilinks, etc.
  • Over 1100 SPI memory devices are currently supported and the list is always increasing.
  • Algorithms exist for Flash, EEPROM, FRAM, MRAM, RAM, nvRAM, and other device types.
  • Example microcontroller setups provided for: Freescale, TI, Toshiba, NXP, ST, and Spansion.

The SPI programming algorithms are divided into two separate archives, one for NXP LPC ARM devices and one for the other P&E-supported manufacturers (Freescale, STMicroelectronics, TI, etc.). This is because NXP LPC devices have RAM at address 10000000, whereas the rest have RAM at address 20000000. The archives may be downloaded at P&E's support center page for SPI algorithms.

For further information on this product, to peruse the manual with various setup examples, see a list of current algorithms, or request new algorithms, please view P&E's flash programming algorithm page in the Support Center.






BOSTON – April 20, 2015 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the release of Version 2.08 of its GDB Server for Kinetis® devices. The P&E GDB Server is available at no cost as an Eclipse plug-in or Windows GUI application. The latest version supports Windows 7/8 as well as Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and RHEL/CentOS 7.0.

Version 2.08 adds the following features:

  • Preserve memory ranges across an erase. Users can prevent parts of memory from being erased during the programming process.
  • Trim Kinetis devices during programming. We choose a default center frequency which can be changed in the plug-ins dialogs. This allows the internal reference frequency to be accurate on your hardware.
  • EEPROM partitioning capability during flash programming. Allows users, on certain devices, to set aside some flash memory for use as a pseudo-eeprom.
  • JTAG daisy chain support. Allows users to communicate with multiple JTAG devices on the same bus.
  • Attach to a running part during debug session. Launches the client in a way that does not disturb the state of the target device.

Kinetis is a registered trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.






BOSTON – October 31, 2014 - P&E Microcomputer Systems has released Rev. C of it's popular, all-in-one USB Multilink Universal interface. The case color of the Rev. C interface has been updated from green to blue, however the functionality of the Multilink Universal remains the same.

Users should note that if they are using software purchased before September 2014 with the Multilink Universal Rev. C, they may need to update firmware manually when changing architectures. Information on software updates is available by contacting P&E.






BOSTON – September 9, 2014 - P&E Microcomputer Systems has developed a new pipelined version of its flash programming engine for Kinetis and other ARM® Cortex™ devices with more than 4KB of RAM by leveraging some unique aspects of the architecture. This pipelining mechanism improves already fast programming rates by up to 50%.

Support has been released for most Kinetis devices with other device support to follow. The pipelined algorithms are available for use with the latest software/firmware versions of: Cyclone MAX, Cyclone for ARM devices, PROGACMP, Freescale's CodeWarrior and Kinetis Design Studio, and P&E's GDB Server.

Cyclone users will need the latest version of the software for their Cyclone to use the pipelined algorithms. The latest Cyclone MAX software is available to download from P&E's support center. The latest Cyclone for ARM devices software will be made available shortly. Contact P&E to update to the latest version of PROGACMP.

ARM is a registered trademark and Cortex is a trademark of ARM Limited.






BOSTON – September 9, 2014 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the addition of several new features to its popular Cyclone MAX stand-alone/automated flash programmer.

High-Speed Kinetis Algorithms
In addition to the above, the Cyclone MAX installation software now includes a faster, more streamlined set of pipelined algorithms that improves the flash programming times of Kinetis devices.

Qorivva MPC574x Support
The Cyclone MAX now includes stand-alone programming and device support for Freescale's Qorivva MPC5748G cut 2 and MPC5746C devices with its popular Cyclone MAX production programmer.

User Control of MCU Reset
Version 7.84 of the Cyclone MAX software also provides the ability to hold the reset line low upon a target device power up, a feature that is especially useful for devices such as Freescale's Kinetis KE02 that implement a multiplexed reset line.

Cyclone MAX users may download the updated Cyclone MAX software from P&E's support center.






BOSTON – December 16, 2013 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the release of combined MSD and DEBUG OpenSDA firmware applications. The latest collection of OpenSDA applications supports MSD, DEBUG and CDC virtual serial functionality without requiring one to switch back and forth between MSD and DEBUG applications. The latest OpenSDA collection includes applications for all Freescale Freedom and Tower OpenSDA-based evaluation platforms and can be used under Windows® 8.x/7/XP as well as Linux® and Mac OS® operating systems.

The OpenSDA hardware interface is a perfect way to evaluate powerful Freescale Kinetis® microprocessors and provide for a smooth transition to P&E's Multilink Universal, Multilink Universal FX, Tracelink, and Cyclone MAX standalone debugging and manufacturing interfaces. OpenSDA and P&E hardware interfaces are supported under Codewarrior, P&E, KEIL, IAR, Cosmic, Atollic, and Green Hills Software development environments along with others.

Kinetis is a registered trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Mac OS is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries.






BOSTON - May 17, 2013 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the newest addition to their line of powerful Cyclone automated/stand-alone programmers: the Cyclone for ARM® devices. The Cyclone for ARM devices is a production-ready programmer with support for ARM devices from Freescale (Kinetis K-series & L-series) , STMicroelectronics (STM32), NXP (LPC1xxx) , and Texas Instruments (Stellaris™ LM3S/LM4).

The Cyclone's on-board memory and intuitive setup software make it easy to configure the programmer and load programming images. Configuration and operation are extemely flexible, with Ethernet, USB, and Serial communications options. Cyclone operations can be fully automated, or programming tasks can be accomplushed manually. The LCD menu and buttons offer complete stand-alone functionality. P&E maintains a frequently updated library of programming algorithms for compatible devices on the P&E support page and will continously be adding support for additional architectures.

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
Texas Instruments is a registered trademark and Stellaris is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated.
Kinetis is a registered trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
NXP is a registered trademark of NXP Semiconductors.
STMicroelectronics is a registered trademark of STMicroelectronics, Inc.






kinetisBOSTON – November 21, 2012 - P&E Microcomputer Systems Inc., a leading developer of third-party tools for Freescale microcontrollers, has announced the addition of support for Kinetis L-Series and SWD communications to the Cyclone MAX programmer. This joins our existing all-in-one Multilinks and the Tracelink trace-capture interface which already fully support the L-Series and SWD. All of these interfaces ship with 10 and 20-pin mini-cables to connect to all varieties of Kinetis processors. Existing Cyclone MAX customers can enable SWD support with the purchase of an inexpensive adapter. P&E's interfaces now support the L-Series from development right through to high-volume production progamming. 

Kinetis is a registered trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

 






BOSTON – November. 21, 2012 - P&E Microcomputer Systems announced the addition of the GDB Server for Kinetis® devices to its industry-leading roster of tools for Freescale devices. P&E's support for Freescale's Kinetis microcontrollers now includes the ability to use GNU GDB tools with P&E's lineup of Kinetis-compatible hardware interfaces. These include the all-in-one Multilink Universal development interface and its high-speed counterpart, the Multilink Universal FX, as well as the production-ready Cyclone MAX automated programmer and debug interface. The GDB Server for Kinetis devices also supports the OpenSDA and OSJTAG embedded debug circuitry incorporated into many of Freescale's Tower and Freedom development boards.

Users are invited to read more information and download a trial version of P&E's GDB Server for Kinetis devices.







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