Simone Iori

HCS08 firmware update on CAN

Discussion created by Simone Iori on Oct 4, 2007
Latest reply on Mar 28, 2016 by Renato Cardoso

Hello everyone!
I'm working on the new DZ60 uC, and what I'm searching is a way to remotely update its firmware.
I've made some research on the net and in the forum, and I've found something interesting about it (AN2140, TN228, TN235; I attached them for your convenience).
From what I know at the moment, it's possible to run a routine in Ram in order to erase or reprogram the flash, but my ideas are still a little confused.
What I have in mind is to update the firmware (i.e. reprogram it in part or entirely), "downloading" the new firmware by CAN.
I have a system composed by many different parts connected on a CAN bus; the goal is to permit the update of any part simply plugging an SD card, containing the firmware files, into the motherboard. The motherboard reads the data on the SD and transfer them to the appropriate target device on the CAN bus. At this point the target should be able to read the data and auto-update its firmware... and that's the crucial point!

-   If I complete the transfer of the new firmware, copy it in ram, and then erase/reprogram the flash I don't need to move in Ram the code to use the Mscan and to manage the interrupts on CAN receive, but I think that probably the entire firmware won't fit into the Ram.
-   If I move in Ram the code to manage Mscan I won't have the last problem since the firmware is received and written 8 bytes at the time, but there is the backside that if for some reason there is a problem on the CAN transmission, the process will stop and my device will be lost.

Do you have any idea or suggestion?






Message Edited by t.dowe on 2009-09-24 03:06 PM