This blog post describes many of the new, more advanced features that are included with the Cyclone FX Universal. Current users of the legacy Cyclone for Renesas may also wish to take advantage of PEmicro's Cyclone Trade-In Program. It can provide a substantial discount when transitioning to the latest hardware.
By connecting to the debug header on the target, the Cyclone can program internal memory on a Renesas processor or external flash connected to the processor's address/data bus. The processor or memory device can be mounted on the final printed circuit board before programming.
The Cyclone may be operated through batch or dll commands from a PC. Once loaded with data by a PC it can be disconnected and operated manually in a completely stand-alone mode via the LCD menu and control buttons. The Cyclone has over 7Mbytes of non-volatile memory, which allows for the onboard storage of multiple programming images. When connected to a PC for programming or loading it can communicate via the ethernet, USB, or serial interfaces.
RL78 Family (Rev. C Only)
RH850 Family (Rev. C Only)
RX600 (Rev. C Only)
M16C and M16C/80 Family
H8 and H8S/Tiny Family
You may view a list of supported devices here. Is there a Renesas device you would like this Cyclone to support? Please let us know!
Cyclone for Renesas At A Glance
Multiple Communications Interfaces USB, Serial, and Ethernet interfaces.
On-Board Storage The Cyclone for Renesas may be pre-programmed with a non-volatile programming image and controlled via the LCD/Buttons or remotely from a PC. Stand-alone programming operation does not require a PC
Multiple Image Support Multiple programming images may be stored in Cyclone memory. Learn more about managing multiple images in our Expert's Corner
LCD Display An LCD menu display, in conjunction with the status LEDs and buttons, allows stand-alone control and configuration of the Cyclone.
back to menu Stand-alone Operation One of the Cyclone's best features is its ability to work in a pre-configured, stand-alone mode. This ability is very useful for tasks like upgrading firmware in the field, or programming target boards on production lines. In this mode, the user pre-configures the Cyclone with an image that is to be programmed into the target hardware. Once the Cyclone is configured, the programming process may be initiated from the Host PC or by an operator in the field.
back to menu PC Controlled Stand-alone Programming In this mode, an image has already been programmed into the Cyclone. The PC launches the programming process with a simple command packet. Flash programming occurs directly from the Cyclone image to the target. The result is sent back to the host computer. As part of the command packet, dynamic data such as a serial number may be added to the fixed image being programmed into the target.
PC Control Of Multiple Cyclones
The Cyclone for Renesas includes the Basic Edition of PEmicro's Classic Cyclone Automated Control Package. This allows the user to automate programming with one programming image on one Cyclone. PEmicro also offers enhanced editions of the control package which include features like:
Multiple Cyclone Control
Dynamic Data Programming
For more information about the Classic Cyclone Automated Control Package, please see the product page. The beauty of this process is that multiple Cyclone units may be controlled at the same time.
User Control In Stand-Alone Mode
back to menu User Controlled Stand-alone Programming When detached from a PC, the Cyclone can still operate as a stand-alone programmer. The buttons are used to launch the programming process, and the LEDs display the status of the programming operation. This is ideal for short programming runs or for field updates, where having a PC may not be desirable.
* The Cyclone hardware supports multiple architectures and comes with flash programming software and configuration utilities for all such architectures.
Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
Windows 8 (32- or 64-bit)
Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit)
Cyclone Legacy Programmer Installation Software(125631 KB) This software is compatible with the Cyclone PRO, Cyclone MAX, Cyclone Renesas, and Cyclone STMicro.
Software to create programming images, configure Cyclone programmers, and control them in an automated fashion. Also includes documentation, drivers, and an extensive library of programming algorithms.
Single file installation for Cyclone for Renesas with firmware version 1.74
Released 10 October 2016
- Performance Improvement for RH850 PM and VM
- Added CRC32 checksum verification for RH850 family devices
- Added support for RL78 Security Set and Release
- Algorithm improvement for R8C block erase operation
- Bug fix for serial number modification using LCD
- Bug fix for AUX button not working after fatal error occurred
- Feature improvement to power down target if previous image leaves target power on after SAP yet new image does not use power
- Improved image description rotating LCD display
*Image Creation Utility v5.99.01.02
*Image Manager Utility v5.99.01.02
*IP Config Utility v5.99.01.02
*CSAPWIZ00 versions v5.99.01.03