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Standalone Programmer for Freescale Kinetis KL25Z et al
Ed M. Jun 30, 2014 at 12:31 AM (00:31 hours)
Staff: Takao Y.

  • Greetings,

    What programmer and/or debugger would we use for the KL25Z series of processors from Freescale?

    Thanks!
    Ed




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  • Greetings,

    Did you check out our products page?:
    http://www.pemicro.com/products/product_processor.cfm?family=16

    It really comes down to what stage you are at with your project. Multilinks are best for prototyping since it is cheaper and easier to use. We have 2 types that support your chip. The FX version has the ability to provide power to your target and programs at much faster speeds. The non-FX does not have these features.

    If you are in production stage and have high-volume, it is best to get our Cyclone line. Cyclones have the ability to program using standalone features so that you do not need a computer on your production line and have technicians pushing the START button to simplify the production line. We have two flavors of Cyclones to support Kinetis. The Max supports other 32-bit Freescale chips, while the Cyclone for ARM only supports the ARM-core chips.

    The Tracelink is useful with Codewarrior if you need external trace.

    The cyclone comes with all the software you will need, but the multilinks will need software, whether that is Codewarrior or our own P&E tools.


    Takao Yamada

  • I see that the Multilink FX may be the way to go. What other software would I need to purchase in order to debug and flash MCUs with it?

    What are the differences between the CodeWarrior versions and P&E versions of this software?


    Thanks!

  • Greetings,

    Codewarrior is an eclipse-based IDE that compiles, programs, and debugs your code. This was the standard IDE for the last 5 years for many Freescale chips. However, if you already have code and it has been compiled, then you only have to worry about programming and debugging:
    http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/homepage.jsp?code=CW_HOME&tid=SWnT

    Freescale is also releasing the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) which is a free eclipse-based IDE just for the Kinetis architecture where you can handpick your plugins to support different tools like P&E's GDB server. Freescale will be dropping Codewarrior and moving on with KDS so it is probably best to start here. By using P&E's GDB server you can use P&E hardware tools to flash program and debug your code:
    http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=KDS_IDE

    Lastly, P&E has flash programming tools but no debugging or compiler software for Kinetis (we carry many compiler and debuggers, just not for Kinetis). If all you need to do is production line programming and you are done with writing your code and debugging it, then we have tools like PROGACMP that has a command-line and user interface software to quickly program your chip without the hassle of using a full-fledged IDE. Eventually you will move onto using our Cyclone hardware for high-volume production lines that involves no software.

    Hopefully I have answered your questions. If not, let me know.


    Takao Yamada

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