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USB-ML-CF vs MULTILINK_UNIVERSAL
Aaron L. migrated on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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  • What does the USB-ML-CF do that costs so much more?  Looking over the descriptions they look to be identical, except that the MULTILINK_UNIVERSAL has different header options built in, no need to make an adapter for smaller pin counts.

    Thanks,
    Aaron




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  • Hi Aaron,

    The USB-ML-UNIVERSAL is a new product which will gradually be replacing the older USB-ML-CF and offers significant cost savings. The USB-ML-CF does not offer any extra functionality over the USB-ML-UNIVERSAL.

    However, we will continue to offer the USB-ML-CF for customers who are not ready to make this hardware transition yet.

    Best regards,
    Edison

  • Thanks for the answer.  Can you tell me also, if the USB-ML-UNIVERSAL is still compatible with both Codewarrior and the CF Flasher tool from Freescale?

    Thanks,
    Aaron

    QUOTE (Edison Tam @ Dec 7 2010, 09:11 AM) [legacy comment]
    Hi Aaron,

    The USB-ML-UNIVERSAL is a new product which will gradually be replacing the older USB-ML-CF and offers significant cost savings. The USB-ML-CF does not offer any extra functionality over the USB-ML-UNIVERSAL.

    However, we will continue to offer the USB-ML-CF for customers who are not ready to make this hardware transition yet.

    Best regards,
    Edison



  • I'm also wondering about speed differences. This site shows 'up to 1Mps' for the ML-CF but I'm not sure what that refers to. The fact sheet shows only 50kHz programming speed. 

    The Universal version doesn't seem to make any reference to the programming rate. How does it compare to the ML-CF? Also, it shows the maximum target frequency is 50MHz. Does this mean it will not program a V2 device running at 80MHz for example?

    Thanks

  • We will be trying the Universal.  Have been using the ML-CF.
    Is the setup the same? Driver s/w? Performance?

    Also the P&E blog said:
    "P&E is also developing the USB Multilink Universal FX, an enhanced, high-speed version of the USB Multilink Universal interface."

    Should we wait for the FX version?
    How much faster? Will the FX be nearly as fast as the lightning card?

  • Hello SWarnecke,

    We are targeting for Multilink FX to be as fast as the BDM Lightning card. Multilink FX is now in development, and is expected to be available for sale during summer of 2011.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

    Best Regards,
    Zahar
    P&E



    QUOTE (SWarnecke @ Mar 4 2011, 04:27 PM) [legacy comment]
    We will be trying the Universal. Have been using the ML-CF.
    Is the setup the same? Driver s/w? Performance?

    Also the P&E blog said:
    "P&E is also developing the USB Multilink Universal FX, an enhanced, high-speed version of the USB Multilink Universal interface."

    Should we wait for the FX version?
    How much faster? Will the FX be nearly as fast as the lightning card?



  • The Universal FX is pretty cool.  Thanks to Manny M. and Kevin P.  we tried out a FX prototype on Coldfire with the GreenHills debugger.  A few developers have had their hands on it and have found no problems.  The FX downloads images even faster than the Lightning card.  We're excited and waiting for the formal release.  
    USB-ML-CFE and USB Universal (no FX) preform the same for our usage.


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