Pauli Nikula

Clearing PTA1 freezes program on MKL17Z256

Discussion created by Pauli Nikula on Jan 23, 2018
Latest reply on Jan 24, 2018 by Pauli Nikula

I'm experiencing a strange problem with a MKL17Z256VFM4 controller that I'm working on. I set PTA1 as GPIO output pin, and I can drive the pin high without problem, but as soon as I program it to drive low, it apparently freezes the MCU. PTA2 can toggle without problem, also other pins that I have tested.


PORT_SetPinMux(PORTA, 1u, kPORT_MuxAsGpio);
PORT_SetPinMux(PORTA, 2u, kPORT_MuxAsGpio);


GPIO_PinInit(GPIOA, 1u, &LED_configOutput);
GPIO_PinInit(GPIOA, 2u, &LED_configOutput);


//GPIO_ClearPinsOutput(GPIOA, 1<<1u);  //if I uncomment this, program will freeze and PTA2 will not toggle in loop

//del(); //a test delay. With this delay, program does not advance to the PTA2 toggle loop before freezing. Without delay it toggles PTA2 at least once before freezing.

for(;;) { 
GPIO_PortToggle(GPIOA, 0x00000004); //toggle PTA2 to see if program is running
del(); //delay


If I program PTA1 as TPM2 timer output channel, I can generate PWM perfectly fine with it! But it will still freeze the main program! I suspect that the timer keeps running on its own although the MCU core has freezed for some reason. I have tried swapping the chip and that did not make a difference. I have checked that I don't have a short on PCB on PTA1.




I think this might be related to the internal ROM bootloader using the PTA1 pin as UART RX pin, and also possibly a USBDM bug.. Now I have found out that PTA1 works if I program the FOPT byte to boot directly from flash. If I leave the factory boot from ROM setting, the problem will appear. Now the funny thing is that USBDM flash programmer does not modify the FOPT byte until I do a small code change, recompile and reload the hex file, although the correct FOPT byte has been in my code all the time. If I select "Security: Unsecure" on USBDM flash programmer, it will program the factory FOPT byte and problem appears. Then if I select "Security: Image" so it should program FOPT byte defined by my code, it will not do it and MCU will still boot from ROM, until I recompile my code and re-flash!