EFR32MG-SLTB004A

Overview

The EFR32™ Mighty Gecko Starter Kit EFR32MG-SLTB004A (a.k.a Thunderboard Sense 2) contains a MCU from the EFR32MG family built on ARM® Cortex®-M4F processor with low power capabilities.

EFR32MG-SLTB004A

Hardware

  • EFR32MG12 Mighty Gecko Wireless SoC with 38.4 MHz operating frequency
  • ARM® Cortex® M4 core with 256 kB RAM and 1024 kB Flash
  • Macronix ultra low power 8-Mbit SPI flash (MX25R8035F)
  • 2.4 GHz ceramic antenna for wireless transmission
  • Silicon Labs Si7021 relative humidity and temperature sensor
  • Silicon Labs Si1133 UV index and ambient light sensor
  • Silicon Labs Si7210 hall effect sensor
  • Bosch Sensortec BMP280 barometric pressure sensor
  • ams CCS811 indoor air quality gas sensor
  • TDK InvenSense ICM-20648 6-axis inertial sensor
  • TDK InvenSense ICS-43434 MEMS microphone
  • Four high brightness RGB LEDs from Broadcom Limited (ASMT-YTB7-0AA02)
  • One bi-color LED and two push buttons
  • Power enable signals for fine grained power-control
  • On-board SEGGER J-Link debugger for easy programming and debugging, which includes a USB virtual COM port
  • Mini Simplicity connector for access to energy profiling and advanced wireless network debugging
  • Breakout pads for GPIO access and connection to external hardware
  • Reset button
  • Automatic switchover between USB and battery power
  • CR2032 coin cell holder and external battery connector

For more information about the EFR32MG SoC and Thunderboard Sense 2 (EFR32MG-SLTB004A) board:

Supported Features

The efr32mg_sltb004a board configuration supports the following hardware features:

Interface Controller Driver/Component
NVIC on-chip nested vector interrupt controller
SYSTICK on-chip systick
FLASH on-chip flash memory
GPIO on-chip gpio
UART on-chip serial port-polling; serial port-interrupt
I2C on-chip i2c port-polling

The default configuration can be found in the defconfig file: boards/arm/efr32mg_sltb004a/efr32mg_sltb004a_defconfig.

Other hardware features are currently not supported by the port.

Connections and IOs

The EFR32MG SoC has eight gpio controllers (PORTA, PORTB, PORTC, PORTD, PORTF, PORTI, PORTJ and PORTK).

In the following table, the column Name contains Pin names. For example, PE2 means Pin number 2 on PORTE and #27 represents the location bitfield , as used in the board’s and microcontroller’s datasheets and manuals.

Name Function Usage
PD8 GPIO LED0 (RED)
PD9 GPIO LED1 (GREEN)
PD14 GPIO SW0 Push Button PB0
PD15 GPIO Push Button PB1
PA0 UART_TX UART TX Console VCOM_TX US0_TX #0
PA1 UART_RX UART RX Console VCOM_RX US0_RX #0
PF3 UART_TX EXP12_UART_TX LEU0_TX #27
PF4 UART_RX EXP14_UART_RX LEU0_RX #27
PC10 I2C_SDA EXP16_I2C_SDA I2C0_SDA #15
PC11 I2C_SCL EXP15_I2C_SCL I2C0_SCL #15
PC4 I2C_SDA ENV_I2C_SDA I2C1_SDA #17
PC5 I2C_SCL ENV_I2C_SCL I2C1_SCL #17

System Clock

The EFR32MG SoC is configured to use the 38.4 MHz external oscillator on the board.

Serial Port

The EFR32MG SoC has four USARTs and one Low Energy UARTs (LEUART with 9600 maximum baudrate). USART0 is configured as the Zephyr console and is connected to the On-Board J-Link Debugger that presents a virtual COM port for general purpose application serial data transfer with this interface.

Programming and Debugging

Note

Before using the kit the first time, you should update the J-Link firmware from J-Link-Downloads

Flashing

The EFR32MG-SLTB004A includes an J-Link serial and debug adaptor built into the board. The adaptor provides:

  • A USB connection to the host computer, which exposes a Mass Storage and a USB Serial Port.
  • A Serial Flash device, which implements the USB flash disk file storage.
  • A physical UART connection which is relayed over interface USB Serial port.

Flashing an application to EFR32-SLTB004A

The sample application Hello World is used for this example. Build the Zephyr kernel and application:

# On Linux/macOS
cd $ZEPHYR_BASE/samples/hello_world
mkdir build && cd build

# On Windows
cd %ZEPHYR_BASE%\samples\hello_world
mkdir build & cd build


# Use cmake to configure a Ninja-based build system:
cmake -GNinja -DBOARD=efr32mg_sltb004a ..

# Now run ninja on the generated build system:
ninja

Connect the EFR32MG-SLTB004A to your host computer using the USB port and you should see a USB connection which exposes a Mass Storage (TB004) and a USB Serial Port. Copy the generated zephyr.bin in the SLTB004A drive.

Open a serial terminal (minicom, putty, etc.) with the following settings:

  • Speed: 115200
  • Data: 8 bits
  • Parity: None
  • Stop bits: 1

Reset the board and you should be able to see on the corresponding Serial Port the following message:

Hello World! arm