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Issue Tracker now available for all code repositories

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an issue tracker for every mbed code repository (libraries and programs).


This new feature is switched off on repositories by default; to enable it on your code repository, just tick the "Enable issue tracking" checkbox in the "Admin settings":


We've included a very important field in the form for reporting an issue: the "URL to testcase program". Through this field you can provide a minimal test case reproducing the problem to the library maintainers, making it easier to find and fix problems.

We hope this will be a great way to track issue and feature requests on libraries, and make it even easier to improve the code quality of libraries published on mbed.org.

We have already enabled the issue tracker for all the mbed official code repositories. If you have issues related to these, please add a ticket. Also, if in the past you reported an issue in the forums or in a comment, that has perhaps not been noticed, it'd be great if you could add it here so it doesn't get missed. On the official mbed libraries, we will certainly give higher priority to the issues that have been reported with a testcase program, so it is a great habit to get into.

CMSIS Components used by mbed are now BSD Licensed

We are pleased to announce that the CMSIS software components used by the mbed SDK have been released under a permissive BSD open source license!


After we announced the open sourcing of the mbed SDK a couple of months ago, we received many queries about the license of the CMSIS components used by the mbed SDK.

The CMSIS package from ARM is not a typical "software project", it is the vehicle used by ARM to provide standard software interfaces to the Cortex-M processors. For this reason ARM adopted a customized license to serve its standardization effort. Unfortunately, not being a well-known license, many developers struggled to understand what were the implications of mixing the actual CMSIS software components with proprietary code, or code released under a different open source license.

To clear this confusion, ARM has officially released the software components of the CMSIS package, used by the mbed SDK, under the well known and understood BSD license, while the CMSIS Specification itself remains licensed under an ARM proprietary licence.

In the official CMSIS package, this is the relevant content of the "CMSIS END USER LICENCE AGREEMENT.pdf":

The package also includes the components contained in the following directories:
(a) ./CMSIS/DSP_Lib - DSP Library sources and examples;
(b) ./CMSIS/Include - Header files;
(c) ./CMSIS/Lib - DSP Library build for various toolchains;
(d) ./CMSIS/RTOS - Header file template for CMSIS-RTOS implementation; and
(e) ./Device - Template files and implementations for Cortex-M class processors.

All of the above components are licensed to you under the terms of the BSD licence, which is incorporated within
or alongside the above components.

This makes the whole mbed SDK completely open source with a mix of well known and understood permissive open source licenses: Apache and BSD.

Have fun and keep innovating!

mbed fest 2013 WEST

mbed fest 2013 WEST was held on April 13th 2013 in Osaka. NXP fan (in Japan) has sent us this report of the event.

NXP fan (in Japan) wrote:

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This was a first time user meeting was in west Japan area. Attended 30+ people enjoyed to share information about mbed.
This meeting was organised by eXodusino. Thank you very much!

Presentation sessions were done by 8 people they told about..

  • And we had special guest from Freescale semiconductor to introduce FRDM KL25Z.

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And in this mbed-fest, we had a hands-on session as usual for who never had experience on mbed.
And attendees got many presents in raffles time. We are so happy with goodies from mbed.org, ARM-Japan, Suga Koubou, @ytsuboi, @minicube and NXP.


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This was one of most exciting user meeting. We hope to hold user meeting in this area again!

The events page of the cookbook can be used to easily find events or add one that you're organising. If you are organising an mbed related event and would like to share information about it on the blog please contact us.

Prototype the Internet of Things (Free hardware up for grabs!)

Following our announcement that mbed.org now supports the Freescale FRDM KL25Z, I got a call from Jim Carver at Avnet, who was keen to tell me about their new Wi-Go module for the the FRDM KL25Z, which has been designed for prototyping "Internet of Things" applications.


The module has a sensor for just about everything you might want to sense :

  • 3 Axis accelerometer for 3D acceleration (MMA8451Q)
  • Magnetometer for compass direction (MAG3110)
  • Altimeter based elevation (MPL3115A2)
  • Air Pressure (MPL3115A2)
  • Temperature (MPL3115A2)
  • Ambient Light Level (TEMT6200)
  • Serial flash memory (S25FL216K)
  • Wi-Fi Communications module (LBWA1ZZVK7)

It also includes an 800mAH LiPo battery, which is capable of powering the module for a substantial length of time, and can also be recharged from USB connector. This makes it great for prototyping untethered nodes for IoT Applications.

Jim has allocated 5 of these Wi-Go modules for mbed users who want to prototype something IoT. We'll send then free of charge, to the successful applicants, and in mbed tradition all we ask in return is a cookbook page with a published, documented library, and a hello world program.

There are 8 sensors which need cookbook page + library, and 5 boards to give away, so applicants must be willing to write more than one!

If you would like to apply, please email support@mbed.org with your mbed user name, and which of the components listed below you'd like to develop for.

Of course, if you just want to buy one straight away and get started on your own IoT projects, they are also available to sale here :

There's even prizes! ...

Programs exported from the mbed online compiler in MDK format are eligible to enter the Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge - there are some great prizes up fro grabs, with the first prize being an 11" MacBook Air

Debugging from GDB using pyOCD!

We are pleased to release a python library which allows to drive the Debug Access Port of Cortex-M microcontrollers over CMSIS-DAP!

What can be achieved with pyOCD?

  • Debugging using GDB, as a gdbserver is integrated on the library
  • Writing python applications that can communicate with the CMSIS-DAP and coresight debug interface:
    • read/write memory
    • read/write core registers
    • set breakpoints
    • flash new binary
    • run/stop/step the execution
  • Act as a great reference to show how the CMSIS-DAP protocol works

Currently, the library works on Windows (using pyWinUSB as backend) and on Linux (using pyUSB as backend).

Quick overview

Use python to control your mbed platform

from pyOCD.board import MbedBoard

board = MbedBoard.chooseBoard()

target = board.target
flash = board.flash

print "pc: 0x%X" % target.readCoreRegister("pc")
    pc: 0xA64

print "pc: 0x%X" % target.readCoreRegister("pc")
    pc: 0xA30


print "pc: 0x%X" % target.readCoreRegister("pc")
    pc: 0x10000000

print "pc: 0x%X" % target.readCoreRegister("pc")
    pc: 0xAAC


Use GDB to debug your mbed projects

Before using GDB, a .elf file has to be generated with a GCC toolchain.

  • Python code to start a GDB server on port 3333

from pyOCD.gdbserver import GDBServer
from pyOCD.board import MbedBoard

board = MbedBoard.chooseBoard()

# start gdbserver on port 3333
gdb = GDBServer(board, 3333)
  • Debug the target from GDB:

arm-none-eabi-gdb l1_lpc1768.elf

<gdb> target remote localhost:3333
<gdb> load
<gdb> continue

Get Started

All the source code is available on our git repository under workspace_tools/debugger

You can quickly get started with pyOCD by reading the README. It provides all the information that you need to know concerning the dependencies, installation and how to use the library. There are even some sample programs to get started even quicker!


pyOCD provides a simple and efficient solution to debug mbed platforms over CMSIS-DAP.

We expect quite soon the support of all the mbed platforms in OpenOCD as well. There is even a fork of OpenOCD adding CMSIS-DAP support: cmsis-dap support in OpenOCD

Have fun with pyOCD!