Segger’s debug adds Drag-&-Drop OpenSDA (Kinetis) programming

June 22, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Segger (Hilden, Germany) has a revised version of its J-Link firmware for NXP's evaluation boards with OpenSDA debug & programming interface. OpenSDA is used on the popular Tower and Freedom evaluation boards equipped with Kinetis microcontroller devices.

A key advantage of this update is zero-configuration drag-&-drop programming support. Programming new software onto the application processor is a familiar drag-&-drop operation using Windows explorer or MacOS Finder: once dropped, the new software is effortlessly programmed without any setup files or complex configuration.


The firmware upgrade turns a board’s OpenSDA interface into a fully functional J-Link, which, in addition to programming, is fully capable of debugging the board's application processor. By upgrading to the J-Link firmware, developers will be able to set an unlimited number of breakpoints in flash memory and debug their applications faster and more efficiently. This results in considerably better use of engineering resources, as well as reducing time to market.


J-Link firmware offers compatibility with all major tool chains, including those using GDB (GNU Debugger), on all major host platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux), while also attaining elevated operational benchmarks, including the fastest download speed onto RAM and Flash memory. The tool needed to upgrade the firmware of the OpenSDA can be downloaded free of charge direct from the Segger website.


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