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SAM4E Xplained Pro

Overview

The SAM4E Xplained Pro evaluation kit is a development platform to evaluate the Atmel SAM4E series microcontrollers.

SAM4E Xplained Pro

Hardware

  • ATSAM4E16E ARM Cortex-M4F Processor

  • 12 MHz crystal oscillator

  • internal 32.768 kHz crystal oscillator

  • 2 x IS61WV5128BLL 4Mb SRAM

  • MT29F2G08ABAEAWP 2Gb NAND

  • SD card connector

  • CAN-bus (TLE7250GVIOXUMA1 CAN Transceiver)

  • Ethernet port (KSZ8081MNXIA phy)

  • Micro-AB USB device

  • Micro-AB USB debug interface supporting CMSIS-DAP, Virtual COM Port and Data Gateway Interface (DGI)

  • One reset and one user pushbutton

  • 1 yellow user LEDs

Supported Features

The sam4e_xpro board configuration supports the following hardware features:

Interface

Controller

Driver/Component

NVIC

on-chip

nested vector interrupt controller

SYSTICK

on-chip

systick

UART

on-chip

serial port

USART

on-chip

serial port

I2C

on-chip

i2c

SPI

on-chip

spi

WATCHDOG

on-chip

watchdog

GPIO

on-chip

gpio

Other hardware features are not currently supported by Zephyr.

The default configuration can be found in the Kconfig boards/arm/sam4e_xpro/sam4e_xpro_defconfig.

Connections and IOs

The SAM4E Xplained Pro User Guide 1 has detailed information about board connections. Download the SAM4E Xplained Pro documentation 2 for more detail.

System Clock

The SAM4E MCU is configured to use the 12 MHz internal oscillator on the board with the on-chip PLL to generate an 120 MHz system clock.

Serial Port

The ATSAM4E16E MCU has 2 UARTs and 2 USARTs. One of the UARTs (UART0) is configured for the console and is available as a Virtual COM Port by EDBG USB chip.

Programming and Debugging

Flashing the Zephyr project onto SAM4E MCU requires the OpenOCD tool 3. By default a factory new SAM4E chip will boot SAM-BA boot loader located in the ROM, not the flashed image. This is determined by the value of GPNVM1 (General-Purpose NVM bit 1). The flash procedure will ensure that GPNVM1 is set to 1 changing the default behavior to boot from Flash.

If your chip has a security bit GPNVM0 set you will be unable to program flash memory or connect to it via a debug interface. The only way to clear GPNVM0 is to perform a chip erase procedure that will erase all GPNVM bits and the full contents of the SAM4E flash memory:

  • With the board power off, set a jumper on the J304 header.

  • Turn the board power on. The jumper can be removed soon after the power is on (flash erasing procedure is started when the erase line is asserted for at least 230ms)

Flashing

  1. Run your favorite terminal program to listen for output. Under Linux the terminal should be /dev/ttyACM0. For example:

    $ minicom -D /dev/ttyACM0 -o
    

    The -o option tells minicom not to send the modem initialization string. Connection should be configured as follows:

    • Speed: 115200

    • Data: 8 bits

    • Parity: None

    • Stop bits: 1

  2. Connect the SAM4E Xplained Pro board to your host computer using the USB debug port. Then build and flash the Hello World application.

    # From the root of the zephyr repository
    west build -b sam4e_xpro samples/hello_world
    west flash
    

    You should see “Hello World! arm” in your terminal.

Debugging

You can debug an application in the usual way. Here is an example for the Hello World application.

# From the root of the zephyr repository
west build -b sam4e_xpro samples/hello_world
west debug