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OpenBLT

With OpenBLT you can make software updates through an on-chip communication interface (UART, CAN, USB etc.), without the need of specialized debugger hardware. Example applications are:

  • In-field reprogramming. After your customer started using your microcontroller based product, it is always possible that a software update needs to be made. For example to enable new features or to resolve an existing problem. With OpenBLT you can easily reprogram the software program, even on location at the customer.
  • End of assembly line. Using OpenBLT it is possible to flash your product's software program at the end of the assembly line, allowing the most up-to-date version to be shipped with your product.
  • Development stage. During the development stage of your software program, you frequently reprogram the software program. OpenBLT enables you to do this without the need of special debugger hardware.
  • Calibration stage. While fine-tuning your software program, you optimize parameters of your software program. OpenBTL can be used to quickly reprogram the optimized calibration parameters.
  • Starter kits. By preloading the bootloader on a microcontroller starter kit, the end user does not need to purchase an expensive debugger interface. It is also not necessary to include an on-chip debugger on the started kit board. This lowers the cost price of the starter kit, making it more appealing for the end user.

Features

  • Available for Free!
  • Includes user-friendly PC download utility.
  • Full source code available.
  • Supports common available communication interfaces such as UART, CAN and USB.
  • NEW Supports software updates from a locally attached storage such as an SD-card.
  • Small ROM footprint.
  • Highly configurable.
  • Organized and well documented code.
  • Easily portable to different microcontrollers.
  • Extendable to support extra memory such as serial EEPROM or external Flash.
  • Extendable to support a user defined backdoor entry.
  • Professional support available.

Licensing

OpenBLT is open source and licensed under the GNU GPL with a special exception. This exception allows you to distribute a combined work that includes OpenBLT without being obliged to provide the source code for any proprietary components. Refer to the license document that is part of the OpenBLT download package for more details.

History

OpenBLT is based on Feaser's proprietary and commercial bootloader. I decided to convert this into an open source GNU GPL bootloader for two reasons:

  1. There is no way that I personally can support all popular microcontrollers in OpenBLT. By open sourcing the bootloader, I hope to build a community of enthousiastic embedded software developers that want to help me support as many microcontroller and compiler combinations as possible in OpenBLT.
  2. I specifically enjoy working with startup companies in the embedded software industry. These tend to be on a small budget with no funds available for a quality bootloader. By open sourcing the bootloader I can now make the bootloader available to the startup companies I work with and others, hopefully leading to more fun and interesting project leads for me.
homepage.txt · Last modified: 2013/05/22 09:00 by voorburg
 
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