We have been developing some exciting technologies that can save time and money during both product development and product manufacturing and will be demonstrating these powerful new features for our GDB Server for ARM devices and our CYCLONE FX programmers:
Today a number of industry leading companies in the embedded tools industry announce a new milestone in embedded system development - the Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA).
The embedded developers' toolbox is complex and involves many components: IDE (Integrated Development Environment), compilers, debuggers, trace tools, test tools, debug and flash programming hardware, target operating system, target middleware and training. Choosing the right components is enormously complex and prompts a huge number of questions, each of which takes time to answer, and also poses risk to the project's success:
Do they work on the same host OS? Which versions need to be used? How should they be configured? Do they interoperate correctly? Do they work together to produce an optimal result? Have they been validated? Has the combination of these components been validated or certified?
The embedded marketplace is fragmented with a huge number of suppliers. Some large vertically integrated companies try to offer every component required. This approach stagnates innovation, provides limited choice, and doesn't allow customers to choose best-in-class solutions to address their project's specific needs.
The Embedded Tools Alliance helps customers select the best components from a number of different suppliers, safe in the knowledge that the individual components are of the highest quality, proven to work together, and do exactly what's required so the customer can concentrate on their development work rather than fighting with a disparate set of legacy tools and environments.
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
BOSTON – 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 – Sept. 21, 2012 - With the recent launch of Freescale's Freedom platform for Kinetis KL25 microcontrollers, P&E Microcomputer Systems Inc., a leading developer of third-party tools for Freescale microcontrollers, is pleased to announce that it is hosting an OpenSDA resource page to provide device drivers, firmware updates, and additional information to users of the FRDM-KL25Z evaluation board. OpenSDA is the open standard which the Freedom platform uses to enable USB-based serial and debug communications. P&E's OpenSDA resource page is available at pemicro.com/opensda.
P&E is a key OpenSDA partner who developed much of the software which resides on the Freedom board, including mass storage and debug applications. The mass storage device (MSD) is a bootloader which allows programming and other applications to be loaded quickly. P&E's debug application provides JTAG/SWD debug and virtual serial interfaces and is broadly supported by several popular toolchains, including Freescale's CodeWarrior and software by IAR and Keil.
We're pleased to announce the release of our latest device drivers. This update includes support for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Operating Systems for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, as well as some minor bug fixes.
Run the file drivers_10_install.exe. If you have an older version of our drivers installed, the setup will automatically perform the update.
NOTE: The latest drivers no longer include support for Windows 98 and ME, but P&E will continue to make our older drivers available. Support for PCI devices (e.g., BDM Lightning) and Parallel port devices has been removed for Windows Vista and later, as well as all 64-bit operating systems.
P&E drivers allow P&E applications to communicate with P&E hardware via the parallel port, PCI bus, Ethernet, Serial, and USB.
P&E Launches Cyclone Programmer For Renesas Devices
The power of P&E's Cyclone programmers is now available for Renesas! P&E's Cyclone for Renesas is a flexible, affordable in-circuit flash programming solution for Renesas devices that excels in a demanding production environment. After configuration, operation is as simple as one touch.
Support is currently available for the R8C, M16C, and H8 families. A complete listing of supported devices is available here. Please contact us for information about support for other devices.
The Cyclone for Renesas includes an extremely useful LCD Menu Display that greatly enhances the Cyclone's stand-alone capabilities. The LCD Menu Display allows the user to:
Configure the Cyclone without a PC
Quickly view and select from multiple programming images
Easily perform programming operations in stand-alone mode
Get direct feedback about programming results
No need to swap programming images! The internal memory of the Cyclone for Renesas manages multiple images. Load several different programming images onto the Cyclone and choose between them using either the PC software or the LCD Menu on the unit itself. The Cyclone's memory can also be expanded with optional CompactFlash activation.
Automation can yield a big increase in productivity. P&E includes software with the Cyclone for Renesas that allows the user to automate control of a single Cyclone via a command-line executable or a .dll.
NOW AVAILABLE - P&E has introduced the Cyclone Automated Control Package, which allows users to manage multiple Cyclones simultaneously. Any supported devices can be programmed in parallel, even if they are different devices with different data.
Please visit P&E's website for information on the Cyclone Automated Control Package (available separately).
Expand the memory of your Cyclone for Renesas with P&E's new Compact Flash support. Store more images and larger images while adding flexibility and efficiency by reducing your need to be connected to the PC.
Watertown, MA - P&E Microcomputer Systems has expanded its line of UNIT Library Interface Routines by adding a new version that supports Freescale's RS08 microcontroller family. P&E's UNIT Libraries allow the user to create custom Windows applications that can fully control an RS08 processor using either P&E's Cyclone PRO (Rev. C) or USB-ML-12 (Rev. C) interfaces. It also supports P&E's DEMO9RS08LA8, DEMO9RS08LE4, and DEMO9RS08KB12 development boards, available through Freescale.
The UNIT libraries are frequently used to build custom production line testers. The libraries allow applications to peek and poke memory, peripherals, and other resources of the processor by using P&E interfaces to access the debug port. With these abilities, the application can perform tests of the target hardware, calculate target calibration data, or simply control the target using debug mode.
More information about P&E's UNIT Interface Library Routines for the RS08 can be found at P&E's website.
P&E has updated its Cyclone PRO Image Creation Utility to provide a way for users to set a custom trim frequency for HCS08, RS08, and CFV1 devices that have an internal reference clock. To use this feature, the user must first select a programming algorithm, because not all devices have the same maximum and minimum internal reference clock frequencies.
Once the programming algorithm has been selected, the utility will determine the allowed frequency range from which the user can choose. The user also has the option of enabling or disabling this feature. When it is enabled, the user can input a desired frequency. If the user does not enable this feature and input a frequency, or if this feature is disabled, the utility will simply select the default trim frequency as specified in the device reference manual.
Please note that this feature is only effective if the "PT ; Program Trim" command is included in the programming sequence. This custom trim feature in the updated Cyclone PRO Image Creation Utility is similar to the one available in CodeWarrior for Microcontrollers (RS08/HC(S)08/ColdFire V1).
To download the latest updates, please visit our Cyclone PRO product page.
BOSTON, MA - P&E announced the launch of CompactFlash support for its Cyclone PRO, Cyclone MAX, and Cyclone for Renesas products. This support is available in the form of a CompactFlash Activation License - a license key which activates software included with the Cyclones. This enables the appropriate software to make use of the CompactFlash card port of P&E's Cyclone devices.
Use of the CompactFlash interface allows for programming of larger datasets, and for the storage of multiple programming images on the CompactFlash card. It also enables faster, easier, and more flexible programming of data during field updates or on production runs.
More information is available on the CompactFlash Activation License product page at www.pemicro.com.
BOSTON, MA - In a continuation of its commitment to making the customer experience as helpful and comprehensive as possible, P&E has launched an enhanced, solutions-oriented website. Customers who come to P&E's website with a project in mind will now find a helpful interface designed to guide them through the process of finding the right tools for the job. This interface includes a reorganized resource page to help customers more quickly find the information they are seeking. The enhanced website also features P&E's News Stream, a blog designed to provide fresh and informative content for users, including news about new product features and tips, expert advice, and answers to frequently asked questions.
, MA— P&E Microcomputer Systems continues its commitment to
programming automation and efficiency by announcing the release of an
Automated Control Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Cyclone family
SDK features a dynamic link library (DLL) and supporting documentation
which allow the user to create custom software applications that
directly control P&E’s Cyclone PRO and MAX 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.
Cyclone Automated Control SDK is available in Professional and
Enterprise versions to suit both small and large production scales. A
Basic version with limited features is available for download at no
More information is available on the P&E website on this link.
- P&E Microcomputer Systems announces that it has extended the support
of its PowerPC Nexus tools to include Freescale’s new MPC56XX devices.
This set of in-circuit debuggers, FLASH programmers, and hardware debug
interfaces now supports both MPC55xx and MPC56xx devices, offering a
comprehensive solution for Freescale’s advanced automotive microprocessors.
Microcomputer Systems is pleased to announce it is moving to a larger
facility on Monday, Feb. 19th. The move will provide P&E with much
needed office, laboratory, storage, and manufacturing space. The
building was formerly a GE datacenter and is located on two separate
power grids. It also features a backup generator, raised flooring,
excellent communications infrastructure, modern amenities, and commands
a nice view of the surrounding area. Our new address will be:
P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc.
98 Galen St., 2nd Floor
Watertown, MA 02472-4502
P&E's phone and fax numbers are also changing:
New phone: 617-923-0053
New fax: 617-923-0808
P&E will be closed on Friday, February 16th in preparation for the move.
Boston, Massachusetts— Today saw the debut of P&E Microcomputer
Systems' "P&E Insider" newsletter. The Insider is a monthly feature
that shines a spotlight P&E's new and up and coming products. The
newsletter also contains an Expert's Corner where P&E's senior
staff offers a unique perspective on embedded systems issues. The first
issue of P&E Insider features two of P&E's ColdFire products:
the Cyclone MAX, P&E's production programmer for the ColdFire and
PowerPC, and the USB-ML-CF, a BDM interface for ColdFire development.
In addition, the Expert's Corner focuses on insights by P&E's
president, Dr. David A. Perreault, concerning programming serial
P&E Microcomputer Systems, Inc. is pleased to annouce the release
of the Cyclone MAX automated programmer and debug interface. The
Cyclone MAX programs PowerPC (MPC5xx/8xx), ColdFire (MCF5xxx) and ARM
(MAC71xx) devices, and operates either as a stand-alone unit, or
connected to a PC. Like P&E's popular Cyclone PRO, the MAX allows
the user to communicate using either Serial, USB, or Ethernet ports.
P&E expects to add functionality to the Cyclone MAX, including the
possibilty of support for new architectures, expandable storage, and a
new visual interface.
P&E Microcomputer Systems,
Inc. announced the relocation of its operations to a larger facility in
the vibrant Kenmore Square area of Boston. P&E's continued
expansion of its range of products and services has prompted the move,
in order to ensure that P&E's ability to innovate and provide
support grows along with its rapidly expanding base of dedicated users.
Massachusetts— P&E Microcomputer Systems continues to expand its
offering of USB Multilink BDM Interfaces by proudly announcing the
release of two new interfaces for the ColdFire and PowerPC families.
The USB-ML-CF is a USB-port-to-target BDM interface for the ColdFire
MCF52xx/53xx/54xx families of processors. P&E has also released the
USB-ML-PPCBDM, which is a USB-port-to-target BDM interface for the 5xx/8xx families of PowerPC devices. Both new USB Multilink BDM interfaces feature:
interface from PC to Multilink for fast programming and debugging, with
the ease and compatibility of the USB interface. Higher download rate
is over 3x faster than P&E's parallel port cable.
Wide target operating voltage of 1.80v-5.25v.
No separate power supply required - power is drawn from the USB interface (draws less than 1mA from the target)
As always, P&E is offering these powerful new tools at an affordable price. Please see the USB-ML-CF and USB-ML-PPCBDM product
pages on P&E's website for more detail.P&E Microcomputer
Systems, Inc., established in 1980 and located in Boston, MA, is an
industry trendsetter in hardware and software development tools for
Motorola / Freescale microcontrollers.