The MEC15xxEVB_ASSY6853 kit is a future development platform to evaluate the Microchip MEC15XX series microcontrollers. This board needs to be mated with part number MEC1501 144WFBA SOLDER DC ASSY 6860(cpu board) in order to operate.



  • MEC1501HB0SZ ARM Cortex-M4 Processor
  • 256 KB RAM and 64 KB boot ROM
  • Keyboard interface
  • ADC & GPIO headers
  • UART0, UART1, and UART2
  • FAN0, FAN1, FAN2 headers
  • FAN PWM interface
  • JTAG/SWD, ETM and MCHP Trace ports
  • PECI interface 3.0
  • I2C voltage translator
  • 10 SMBUS headers
  • 4 SGPIO headers
  • VCI interface
  • 5 independent Hardware Driven PS/2 Ports
  • eSPI header
  • 3 Breathing/Blinking LEDs
  • 2 Sockets for SPI NOR chips
  • One reset and VCC_PWRDGD pushbuttons
  • One external PCA9555 I/O port with jumper selectable I2C address.
  • One external LTC2489 delta-sigma ADC with jumper selectable I2C address.
  • Board power jumper selectable from +5V 2.1mm/5.5mm barrel connector or USB Micro A connector.

For more information about the SOC please see the MEC1501 Reference Manual [1]

Supported Features

The mec15xxevb_assy6853 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
GPIO on-chip gpio
I2C on-chip i2c
PINMUX on-chip pinmux
PS/2 on-chip ps2
KSCAN on-chip kscan

Other hardware features are not currently supported by Zephyr (at the moment)

The default configuration can be found in the boards/arm/mec15xxevb_assy6853/mec15xxevb_assy6853_defconfig Kconfig file.

Connections and IOs

This evaluation board kit is comprised of the following HW blocks:

System Clock

The MEC1501 MCU is configured to use the 48Mhz internal oscillator with the on-chip PLL to generate a resulting EC clock rate of 12 MHz. See Processor clock control register in chapter 4 “4.0 POWER, CLOCKS, and RESETS” of the data sheet in the references at the end of this document.

Serial Port

UART2 is configured for serial logs.

Jumper settings

Please follow the jumper settings below to properly demo this board. Advanced users may deviate from this recommendation.

Jumper setting for MEC15xx EVB Assy 6853 Rev A1p0

Boot-ROM Straps.

These jumpers configure MEC1501 Boot-ROM straps.

2-3 1-2 2-3 1-2

JP96 1-2 pulls SHD SPI CS0# up to VTR2. MEC1501 Boot-ROM samples SHD SPI CS0# and if high, it loads code from SHD SPI.

Peripheral Routing Jumpers

Each column of the following table illustrates how to enable UART2, SWD, PVT SPI, SHD SPI and LED0-2 respectively.

JP48 (UART2) JP9 (UART2) JP9 (SWD) JP38 (PVT SPI) JP98 (SHD SPI) JP41 (LED0-2)
1-2   2-3 2-3 2-3 1-2
4-5 4-5   5-6 5-6 3-4
7-8   8-9 8-9 8-9 5-6
10-11 10-11   11-12 11-12  
      14-15 14-15  
      17-18 20-21  


An additional setting for UART2 is to make sure JP39 does not have any jumper.

Jumper settings for MEC1501 144WFBGA Socket DC Assy 6883 Rev B1p0

The jumper configuration explained above covers the base board. The ASSY 6883 MEC1501 CPU board provides capability for an optional, external 32KHz clock source. The card includes a 32KHz crystal oscillator. The card can also be configured to use an external 50% duty cycle 32KHz source on the XTAL2/32KHZ_IN pin. Note, firmware must set the MEC15xx clock enable register to select the external source matching the jumper settings. If using the MEC15xx internal silicon oscillator then the 32K jumper settings are don’t cares. JP1 is for scoping test clock outputs. Please refer to the schematic in reference section below.

Parallel 32KHz crystal configuration

1-2 2-3

External 32KHz 50% duty cycle configuration

NC 1-2

Jumper settings for MEC1503 144WFBGA Socket DC Assy 6856 Rev B1p0

The MEC1503 ASSY 6856 CPU card does not include an onboard external 32K crystal or oscillator. The one jumper block JP1 is for scoping test clock outputs not for configuration. Please refer to schematic in reference section below.

Programming and Debugging


  1. Clone the SPI Image Gen [5] repository or download the files within that directory.

  2. Make the image generation available for Zephyr, by making the tool searchable by path, or by setting an environment variable EVERGLADES_SPI_GEN, for example:

    export EVERGLADES_SPI_GEN=<path to tool>/everglades_spi_gen_lin64

    Note that the tools for Linux and Windows have different file names.

  3. If needed, a custom SPI image configuration file can be specified to override the default one.

    export EVERGLADES_SPI_CFG=custom_spi_cfg.txt


  1. Build Hello World application as you would normally do.
  2. The file spi_image.bin will be created if the build system can find the image generation tool. This binary image can be used to flash the SPI chip.


  1. Connect the SPI Dongle ASSY 6791 to J44 in the EVB. See the image above.

  2. Then proceed to flash the SPI NOR U3 at offset 0x0 using Dediprog SF100 or a similar tool for flashing SPI chips.


    Remember that SPI MISO/MOSI are swapped on dediprog headers!

    • Flash your board using west:

      $ west flash

      Make sure that the program dpcmd (on Linux) or dpcmd.exe (on Windows) can be found in your PATH. The Windows version is installed with your DediProg software. The source code of the Linux version can be found at SF100 Linux GitHub [6].

  3. 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
  4. Connect the MEC15xxEVB_ASSY_6853 board to your host computer using the UART2 port and apply power.

    You should see "Hello World! mec15xxevb_assy6853" in your terminal.


This board comes with a Cortex ETM port which facilitates tracing and debugging using a single physical connection. In addition, it comes with sockets for JTAG only sessions.

HW Issues

In case you don’t see your application running, please make sure LED7, LED8, and LED1 are lit. If one of these is off, then check the power- related jumpers again.