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This product covers the following Part Numbers: USB-ML-UNIVERSAL
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ARM Cortex devices:
NXP:Kinetis®, LPC
Cypress:PSoC® 4
Silicon Labs:EFM32, SiM3
Texas Instruments:LM3S, LM4, TM4C12x
Toshiba:TX00, TX03, & TX04
NXP 8-/16-/32-bit devices:
  • ✓ S32
  • ✓ LPC
  • ✓ Qorivva
  • ✓ ColdFire +/V1
  • ✓ ColdFire V2/3/4
  • ✓ DSC
  • ✓ HC(S)12(X)
  • ✓ S12Z
  • ✓ HCS08
  • ✓ RS08
  • ✓ MAC7xxx
P&E supports programming of both internal and external (SPI) flash devices. See our Programming Algorithm Libraries for more information on your specific device family.

P&E’s USB Multilink Universal is an all-in-one development interface which allows a PC access to the Background Debug Mode (BDM) or JTAG interface on many different NXP MCU architectures and ARM devices from several manufacturers (see complete list below). It connects between a USB port on a Windows machine and the standard debug connector on the target. The NXP microcontrollers are supported via the multiple headers located on the USB Multilink Universal. The product photos to the left of this page show how the headers can be accessed by simply flipping open the plastic case. Ribbon cables suitable for a variety of architectures are included.

NOTE: For a much faster all-in-one development interface which can also supply power to the target, please see the USB Multilink Universal FX.

For production usage, see the Cyclone Universal and Cyclone Universal FX stand alone programmer, test & debug interfaces.

By using the USB Multilink Universal, the user can take advantage of the background debug mode to halt normal processor execution and use a PC to control the processor. The user can then directly control the target’s execution, read/write registers and memory values, debug code on the processor, and program internal or external FLASH memory devices.

The USB Multilink Universal works with P&E Microcomputer System's in-circuit debuggers and flash programmers to allow debug and flash programming of the target processor. For many of the supported processors, P&E has a set of interface libraries allowing the user to write their own Windows based application which interacts with P&E's debug interface. IAR, Cosmic, Codesourcery, Keil, Atollic, and CodeWarrior software all support the use of P&E's USB Multilink Universal to develop and debug with NXP's Kinetis ARM devices.

This interface is USB 2.0 compatible, and it is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports.


  • USB interface from PC to Multilink allows for fast, easy programming and debugging -- with the ease and compatibility of the USB interface.
  • Draws power from USB interface-- no separate power supply required (draws less than 1mA from the target).
  • Target Voltage: 1.8V-5.25V
  • Target Frequency: 16Khz-50Mhz (applies to HCS08,RS08,CFV1, S12Z, or HCS12X only)
  • Compatible with Kinetis, HCS08, RS08, HC(S)12(X), S12Z, ColdFire V1/+V1, ColdFire V2-4, Qorivva MPC5xxx, DSC, STMicroelectronics' SPC56, and ARM devices from many manufacturers.
  • ARM device support includes both the JTAG and SWD protocols
  • Includes USB cable, Type A Male to Type B Male, 6-ft.
  • Auto-frequency detection + trimming capabilities for HCS08 devices.
  • Auto-frequency detection for HC(S)12(X) devices.
  • Generates programming voltage on RESET line for RS08 devices.


  • One (1) USB 2.0 High Speed Cable, Type A to Type B, 6-ft.
  • One (1) 6-pin 0.100" pitch ribbon cable for connecting to RS08, HCS08, HC(S)12(X), S12Z, ColdFire V1/V1+ targets
  • One (1) 14-pin 0.100" pitch ribbon cable for connecting to Qorivva MPC5xxx, DSC, and STMicroelectronics' SPC56 targets
  • One (1) 26-pin 0.100" pitch ribbon cable for connecting to asynchronous ColdFire V2/V3/V4 targets
  • One (1) 20-pin 0.100" pitch ribbon cable for connecting to ARM targets
  • One (1) 10-pin 0.050" pitch ribbon cable for connecting to ARM targets (Mini-10)
  • One (1) 20-pin 0.050" pitch ribbon cable for connecting to ARM targets (Mini-20)

*Recommended Accessory

The USB Multilink Universal includes a ribbon cable for connecting to ColdFire V2-4 targets, however the MCF5272 & MCF5206(E) devices will require a separate adapter cable (not included) to synchronize the communications signals (as these devices do not do this on-chip).

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System Requirements
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10 with USB 2.0 software support. Requires a USB port on the PC.

Pricing Details
In Stock USB-ML-UNIVERSAL USB Multilink Universal All-In-One Development Interface US$199.00
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