A Universal programmer and debugger for ARM over USB-C and WiFi
Mikroe known for its array of software and hardware tools for developing embedded systems is offering a universal programmer and debugger for ARM processor that allows programming over USB-C or WiFi. The device is called the CODEGRIP FOR ARM.
CODEGRIP for ARM is a universal programmer and debugger that is built for programming different set of microcontroller devices based on the ARM® Cortex®-M architecture. It supports ARM Cortex M0, M3, M4, and M7. Furthermore, it is capable of working with about 1611 MCUs in the market ranging from STM32, Kinetis, TIVA, CEC, and MSP families of the processor and more MCUs will be added in the future. With it’s carefully built and its aesthetic look, CODEGRIP is a debugger/programmer to have and be absolutely proud of.
CODEGRIP for ARM provides extra interfacing options as compared to other programmers designed for ARM with the inclusion of wireless programming and the idea of using USB-C. Mikroe has even claimed it is the “World’s First Debugger Over WiFi,” well not sure if that claim is valid or not since we have seen quite some other WiFi hacks for ARM debuggers. The USB-C connector offers better performance and better use cases, compared to the traditional used USB Type A/B connectors. With the Wireless connectivity, you don’t have to be limited by some physical connection, and this will help speed up troubleshoot and development time.
The device is set to be available in two main variants: as a stand-alone device and as an integrated onboard module. Little or no information is provided for the integrated onboard module, and no option to select it during purchase. CODEGRIP can be used with any platform equipped with known JTAG/SWD programming header which can be connected to headers on the CODEGRIP.
Mikroe is also offering a set of different JTAG/SWD programming/debugging header adapters that can be used with various devices to ensure compatibility and is available as an additional purchase option for $9.
At the core of the device is the CODEGRIP Suite, a powerful software tool built for managing programming tasks and configuring the CODEGRIP device. The suite can work with multiple CODEGRIPs at once and uses a link structure to avoid ambiguity.
CODEGRIP for ARM is available for $199.00, a price that sits with other similar devices in the market. The package contains:
- Damage resistant protective box
- CODEGRIP for ARM
- CODEGRIP ADAPT V1 – 10 pins 0.10″ pitch ARM Cortex Debug adapter
- WiFi Antenna right angle SMA
- User Manual
- USB-C cable
- USB-C Female to USB-A Male Adapter
- Flat Cable with 10-pin 0.10″ pitch female connectors
Although CODEGRIP is built with WiFi connectivity, you will have to purchase a separate license to use the WiFi feature which is going to set you back by an extra $100.00. This license is only valid for one use; thus, you can’t use it for more than one CODEGRIP device.
More information about CODEGRIP for ARM is available on the product page, and the suite software is available for download for free.