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Programming mbed with Samsung Galaxy Note 3

I plan to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which supports the USB Host OTG, so my question is, can I download FW to the mbed with SGNote 3?

Someone who tried it?

Thanks for your replies.

2 Answers

5 years, 7 months ago.

Programming a mbed target should be fine on Galaxy as the compiler is web based and on the client side requires only a web browser. Provided you have taken care of the firmware upgrade first (on a windows based host). The only constraint I would worry about is the power for the mbed board. The USB port on the Galaxy might not be able to provide sufficient power.

5 years, 7 months ago.

It depends on the mbed device. Most support only Windows for downloading firmware. Android is Linux and in my dual boot Vista/Debian PC I can not put the firmware to my mbed device when using Debian. I can map mbed device as flash drive but hook in the mbed device does not go to flash mode.

I don't know about the Seeeduino Arch, which uses directly a bootloader mode of the target microcontroller. But most others, which use an interface IC, should work fine on linux. Updating the firmware of the interface IC sometimes requires a windows PC, but programming it should work fine on any PC, and also in principle on tablets with USB host. (There is obviously a reason the compiler was made to work on tablets, that would be a bit pointless if you couldn't program an mbed with it).

I cannot say for certain it would work for Martin's devices on the Galaxy note, but I do know it is not true that most only support windows for programming.

posted by Erik Olieman 16 Mar 2014

The firmware download capability is not exclusive to Windows, even on the boards that use the built in NXP mass storage bootloader. I have programmed several different boards with my Mac, including the Seeedstudio Arch. When you use the built in NXP mass storage bootloader on a Unix derived system like Linux or OSX, you need to overwrite the firmware.bin file instead of copying a new file. The only thing I have seen that requires Windows are the firmware update utilities for the onboard bootloader from Freescale and ST (updating the bootloader hardware, not the target device). I am a little surprised there isn't a cookbook page explaining this.

posted by Greg Steiert 16 Mar 2014