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The cheapest JTAG interface to the Kinetis and other Arm Cortex M4 is the PEmicro Multilink-ACP interface


It currently supports the following families:


NXP M0,M3,M4, NXP/Freescale Kinetis (all),

S32, TI-Stellaris LM3S,LM4,TM4C12xx,

Infineon XMC4xxx, Maxim 716xx,

Silicon Labs EFM32,SiM3, Cypress PSoC®4,

Toshiba TX00,TX03,TX04 as well as a wide range of on and off chip SPI and flash memories.


For prices of Multilink-ACP visit our Web Shop




The USB Multilink Universal Interfaces

These greatly simplify the task of programming and debugging embedded target systems. They allow a PC to communicate with a target processor through a high-speed USB interface at the PC and a debug port at the micro. The PC can then control the microprocessor via the debug port of the target Kinetis (K &L).

If you are unfamiliar with the use of "On-Chip-Debugging" we have a short tutorial

There are  two models in the range  -  The  Universal  which is lower cost and the  Universal - FX  which provides significant performance improvements.

Both support the following NXPFreescale architectures

Kinetis   (JTAG and SWD), HCS08, RS08, HC(S)12(X), S12Z, ColdFire V1, +V1 and  V2 - 4 , Qorivva MPC55xx/56xx/57xx, DSC

And have these Features

Fast, hassle-free USB 2.0 communications interface

Draw their power directly from the USB port – no external power supply needed

Multi-voltage support for targets ranging from 1.6 to 5.25 Volts

Target Frequency: 16Khz-50Mhz (applies to HCS08, RS08, CFV1, S12Z, or HCS12X only)

Target Auto-frequency detection for HC(S)12(X,Z), HCS08 + trimming capabilities for HCS08 devices.

Generates programming voltage on RESET line for RS08 devices.

Includes ribbon cables for all supported architecture



The USB Multilink Universal FX

As well as supporting all the architectures listed for the Universal, in addition, these are supported:-

      683xx / CPU32, HC16, MPC5xx/8xx and Power Architecture® PX series

For Synchronous architectures such as the Kinetis,  Cortex, Qorivva,  Coldfire V2-V4, 683xx, HC16, Power Architecture PX Series and the DSC the communications can run at 4 to 10 times faster than the USB Multilink Universal or the older parallel Multilink interfaces.


Also it can provide 200 mA power to target MCU and it provides  I/O line clamping for added protection

Development Software support

By adding the Flash Programming Software these units can program Flash memory and EEPROMs on the chip or attached to it. They are suitable for both development and small production runs

PEmicro Products support a wide range of Kinetis Development options

 NXP/Freescale CodeWarrior 10.6,   IAR  Embedded Workbench,   Keil  µVision

--   Built in support for Multilink Universal & FX as well as Cyclone Universal for both Debugging and Programming

KDS  Kinetis Design Studio,   Atollic True STUDIO,  Cosmic IDE & ZAP 

 --   Use the free PEmicro GDB server to support  Multilink Universal & FX as well as Cyclone Universal for both Debugging and Programming

Unit programs  A set of C library calls that provide an API for using the BDM interface.  Ideal for those who need to write their own PC based test or diagnostics programs.  The standard version includes a license for 5 units.  The distribution version provides unlimited production of applications.


Cyclone ARM programs Cortex chips from Kinetis, STM32, NXP LPCs, Texas Stellaris.

Cyclone STM programs STM32 as well as STM8 and SPC56

Kinetis Flash Programming Software

An interactive flash programming software package that allows you to program/reprogram both internal and external flash devices in-circuit, via a PEmicro interface cable. Perfect for development, production line programming, or field firmware upgrades. PEmicros products contains our entire library of setup files for this processor, and includes both interactive and command-line versions for use in development and production. 

To see which Flash devices PEmicro support follow this link .

Flash memory functions are : 

Program P&E Programmer screen shot
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Cyclone Universal On Chip flash programmer and Debugger



Works with Kinetis, ARM Cortex , ColdFireV1--4,
  MPC55xx/56xx/57xx Qorivva (AKA Nexus), MPC5xx/8xx,
Power Architecture S32, PX, DSC, MC56F8xx
STMicroelectronics SPC56,

 MAC7xxx (ARM)

68HC08  HCS08/RS08   68HC12/S12   S12X/12Z

Cyclone Universal Flash programing tool


† ARM Cortex M4 currently supports the following families:  ATMEL SAMxxx, STM32, NXP M0,M3,M4, NXP/Freescale Kinetis (all), S32, TI-Stellaris LM3S,LM4,TM4C12xx, Infineon XMC4xxx, Maxim 716xx, Silicon Labs EFM32,SiM3, Cypress PSoC®4, Toshiba TX00,TX03,TX04 as well as a wide range of on and off chip SPI and flash memories.



PEmicro's latest product is a version of their Cyclone box that covers the widest range of target CPUs so far. It can be used for Debugging via its fast USB or Ethernet interface with support available in most popular software packages including GCC/GDB.  The same box can then be used as a standalone unit for field programming or as a production programmer in an ATE setup (batch or DLL driven).

For more details see this page


And now with faster links to both the PC and the target the Cyclone Universal FX  can speed up the production line and add extra security to your programming process. ......... For more details of this product  Cyclone Universal FX



CPU Support and features are as for the Cyclone Universal with the following enhancements :-

  • USB 2.0 link now supports "High-speed" protocol (up to 480Mb/sec link to the PC).

  • 1 Gbyte internal memory, no practical limit to # of images held.

  • SDHC Port for even more space.

  • For most recent CPUs ( e.g. Cortex M0-4, Qorivva, HC16/683xx, Coldfire  and MPC5xx/8xx ) a variant of the communication link to the target is provided that increases the download speed to a max of 25Mb/sec giving up to 5 x faster download of data.

  • Additional security features include ensuring that if you outsource your production no one can "run off a few units" without you knowing.

Cyclone Universal Flash programing tool



Cyclone Automated Control Package

These Windows packages include a command line driven application, Cyclone Launch a batch control system and a set of DLLs providing a range of features of value when using the Cyclone in production situations :-
Basic Edition -----  Free Download ----  Controls  a single Cyclone from a PC via USB or Ethernet allowing one Programming Image to be held on the Cyclone which does not have to be downloaded every time so increasing performance.
Professional Edition -----  Controls  up to 3 Cyclones from a PC via USB or Ethernet, allowing up to 8 Programming Images, which do not have to be downloaded every time, to be changed on the fly and dynamic data such as serial numbers to manipulated from the PC. Supported devices can be programmed in parallel, even if they are different devices with different data.
Enterprise Edition -----  As for the Pro version but unlimited numbers of Cyclones may be controlled from a single PC, More than 8 images can exist on the Cyclones and Licences for 5 end user PCs are included.  Also provided is a full description of the RS232 and Ethernet command Protocols so that non Windows users can implement similar functionality.



For prices of Kinetis products visit our Web Shop


For more Information:

An overview of PEmicro products Summary of PEmicro tools for programming most NXP/Freescale Families from HCS08 to PPC,  Arm Cortex, Renesas, Hitachi and STMicro devices.

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