NI ELVIS II & Freescale MCU SLK FAQ

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Here are a set of frequently asked questions about the NI ELVIS II and the Freescale Microcontroller Student Learning Kit (MCU SLK)

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 What is the Freescale MCU SLK?

The Freescale MCU SLK consists of a Project Board (PBMCUSLK) and any one of its compatible Application Modules.

Project Board:

The Project Board consists of a large solderless breadboard area for building electronic circuits and has dedicated connectors for its Application Modules. Some salient features of the Project Board are

  1.  On-board voltage regulators provide 4 different voltage levels
    5VDC @ 500mA
    3.3VDC @ 500mA
    +15VDC @ 50mA
    -15VDC @ 50mA
  2.  Push buttons, LEDs and LCD display for debugging
  3.  Easy connectivity to the NI ELVIS/NI ELVIS II workstation via the NI ELVIS connector
  4.  Power input from the included wall-plug transformer, integrated USB BDM, or from the NI ELVIS workstation

For a more detailed list of specifications, click here

Application Modules:

The Application Modules are independently operational, low-cost microcontroller development boards designed for quick-and-easy connection and interfacing to the Freescale Microcontroller Project Board. Click here for a detailed list of all available Application Modules.

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 How do I get start developing applications for the Freescale MCU SLK?

Click here for the Getting Started manual for the Freescale MCU SLK.

Refer to the Hardware Setup section for instructions on setting up the MCU SLK. Applications for the MCU SLK can only be developed in the CodeWarrior® development environment from Freescale. Refer to the Development section in the Getting Started manual for instructions on setting up and creating applications.

For further development and debugging of your CodeWarrior® projects, refer to the HC(S)12(X) Debugger Manual 

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 Where do I find labs and other online curriculum resources for the NI ELVIS II and the Freescale MCU SLK?

Click here for a link to the courseware page from Freescale. This page contains labs and other resources for many different computing platforms that are supported on the Freescale MCU SLK.

Click here for a link to labs that use LabVIEW and NI ELVIS II with the Freescale MCU SLK.

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 How do I power the MCU SLK?

The MCU SLK may be used as a stand-alone prototyping platform or in conjunction with the NI ELVIS II platform. The project board will accept power input from the included wall-plug transformer, from the NI ELVIS workstation, or from the integrated USB BDM. Refer to the Hardware Setup section in the Getting Started manual for details.

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 Can I use the Freescale MCU SLK with both the NI ELVIS and the NI ELVIS II?

Yes, both the NI ELVIS and NI ELVIS II use the standard NI ELVIS connector to interface with prototyping boards. The Freescale Project Board and any other application specific prototyping boards from our partners can work with both the NI ELVIS and the NI ELVIS II.

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