SAM-ICE to SAMA5D2-XULT

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So, I have got an SAMA5D2-XULT board and SAM-ICE debugger that is advertised to work with the XULT board.

Problem 1: neither came with an adapter from 20-pin to the micro 10-pin j-tag connector.

Options: order 20-to-10 pin adapter. Olimex advertises one, I have no idea if it is the right kind or not. Solder a connector. Use the serial connectors(more soldering), or find another debugger.

Problem 2: SAMA5D2-XULT board has no support in Atmel Studio 7. Alternatives are Atmel software package and something very professional and expensive or Eclipse(or vi, perhaps even nano) + GNU ARM tools.

Above issues should be stressed in Atmel product advertising. The lack of support in Atmel Studio 7 part was bit of a surprise. Is there any way to get it to same level as with the Cortex-M boards? The Atmel Studio, based on Visual Studio is a pleasant IDE, in comparison to Eclipse Java horror, which I unfortunately have to work with every day.

How did you all sort above issues?

 

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FYI: Olimex 20-to-10 pin adapter works with SAM-ICE and SAMA5D2-XULT.

 

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Most people run Linux on this processor, so choose your IDE and use gcc. If you want to run 'bare metal' then look at the u-boot stuff - that should get you going with something that is buildable and run on bare metal.

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Kartman wrote:

Most people run Linux on this processor, so choose your IDE and use gcc. If you want to run 'bare metal' then look at the u-boot stuff - that should get you going with something that is buildable and run on bare metal.

 

Thank you for your advice.