2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 19, 2016 7:00 PM by dturney_1462731

    UART COM port using MiniProg3

    dturney_1462731

      Using the kit, I do a lot of printf serial debugging via COM port and Putty.  Is there a way I can do the same with the MiniProg?  The reason being that I'm testing 2 devices, Central and Peripheral, and only have one kit and one MiniProg.  If there's any past discussion, please feel free to point me in the right direction.  I can't seem to find much specifically addressing it.  

        • 1. Re: UART COM port using MiniProg3
          jrow

          Hello Dave,

             

          The short answer is no, because of inherent differences in the two MiniProg vs. KitProg. As shown in the schematics for the CY8CKIT-042-BLE main board, the KitProg interface is actually a PSoC 5LP which connects to the target's debug interface as well as one UART pin set (P1.4/P1.5) and one I2C pin set (P3.4/P3.5 if memory serves). This allows the single 5LP-based KitProg programmer to provide a USB-to-UART bridge in addition to the debugging capabilities.

             

          On the other hand, the MiniProg 5-pin header connects to the debug interface alone (GND, VDDIO, XRES, SWCLK, SWDIO), but no other pins. (The 10-pin header adds some JTAG pins, but not UART.)

             

          However, with this in mind, you can replicate the KitProg's virtual serial interface on your second device by connecting a USB-to-UART adapter (e.g. CYUSBS232, FTDI adapter, etc.) to the P1.4 and P1.5 pins on the module--or, if you only need output, all you need is the P1.5 pin.

          • 2. Re: UART COM port using MiniProg3
            dturney_1462731

            Ok.  I see what you mean.  Thank you for the help.  I can spare the extra pin(s) and have an FTDI, so I'll give that a try.