Version 3.1 of the NXP FreeMASTER tool has just been published online.
The installer is available along with documentation and other resources at http://www.nxp.com/freemaster. There is also a video presentation of new features available in the desktop version. Another video shows the new FreeMASTER Lite and Node-RED integration.
FreeMASTER is a powerful data visualization tool developed and provided by NXP to help users monitor and control embedded applications running on NXP’s targets. It works with almost all NXP Arm ® Cortex®-M microcontrollers from both Edge Processing and Automotive BLs as well as with DSC and legacy Power Architecture, ColdFire and HCS12/Z platforms.
FreeMASTER 3.1 release extends the version 3.0 by adding the new features. Older 2.x and 3.0 installations may co-exist on the host system with the 3.1 version which should enable smooth transition of projects, dashboards and other work items from the older versions to the new one.
The following pictures shows high-level view of the FreeMASTER desktop application and FreeMASTER Lite interfaces, their connections to the target microcontroller applications as well as to 3rd party applications.
Features introduced in version 3.1:
Both FreeMASTER and FreeMASTER Lite are primarily targeted to our customers, engineers and developers of NXP embedded applications from Industrial, IoT and Automotive areas who want to monitor and control their applications at runtime. FreeMASTER is also a strong framework which can be used to create interactive demos and user interfaces helping to use the embedded applications by yet wider target audience.
FreeMASTER tools run on the host computer and communicate with the target microcontroller application using Serial, CAN, JTAG, BDM or other physical interface. The microcontroller communication drivers are available as part of MCUXpresso SDK, S32 Design Studio or as a standalone installation package. Get familiar with the communication protocol and the microcontroller driver API before using the FreeMASTER tool.
A single self-extracting installation package which contains both FreeMASTER desktop application and the new FreeMASTER Lite service is available for Windows platforms. A package with the FreeMASTER Lite service is also available for Linux.
Access the installation and documentation at the FreeMASTER home page at https://www.nxp.com/freemaster.