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Programming (flashing) Kinetis microcontrollers

Question asked by Jan Rychter on Oct 24, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 10, 2015 by Jesse Millwood

I'm new to Kinetis microcontrollers, coming from an MSP430 world. With the MSP430 what I usually do is:


* create a prototype version of software using the MSP430 LaunchPad,

* design the target PCB, build the device,

* connect the launchpad SBW (spy-bi-wire) pins to the target device,

* program the target device.


I just realized that steps 3 and 4 are not obvious in the world of Kinetis. There are DIY tutorials on modifying Freedom boards, but there are warnings about licenses not allowing this kind of thing.


So, do I need to buy a dedicated device just to load code onto chips? What is the hobbyist-friendly solution for that?