How to connect the BlueBox to your Embedded Target?


Are you just getting familiar with the world of embedded systems?

Are you ready to connect your first debugging setup?

If yes, you came to the right place! We’ll take a look at 3 ways to connect the BlueBox debugger to your Embedded Target.



Connect via Debug Adapter

There are many options when it comes to Debug Adapters. How to find the right one for you and how to connect it? Easy!

At iSYSTEM we have seen almost every single possible connector and pin-pitch ever used. Based on that experience we offer a wide range of possibilities and an easy-to-read Converters Cross Table Debug Adapters / Active Probes that lists all available iSYSTEM Debug Adapters. You can choose from simple debug through to full trace interfaces. And if you still find yourself in doubt, our sales department will be happy to help you! 

Watch the complete Debug Adapter connecting procedure here!


Connect via Active Probe

Connecting via an Active Probe will ensure you get as much information as possible. You can start simple with programming and debugging, recording execution and analyzing timings. And with the help of an Active Probe and IOM6 Hub you can customize and expand your setup to capture and trigger analog, digital, SPI and I2C signals or capture and inject CAN/LIN messages. 

At iSYSTEM you can choose from several different Active Probes depending on your needs and requirements.

Watch the complete connecting procedure of Infineon DAP/DAPE Active Probe here!


Connect via Debug Adapter / Active Probe and Converter

Do you already have a Debug Adapter or an Active Probe available but your development board features a different debug connector? We got your back! At iSYSTEM you can find converters for almost all possible combinations and use cases. 

Watch the complete connecting procedure of Converter that converts JTAG pinout to DAP here!


First steps and safety measures

Connecting with precision and care is the best way to avoid damaging your hardware. There are a few things you have to be aware of when connecting the hardware.

1. Connecting grounding wire first.

It is very important for both the BlueBox and the Target to have a common ground potential (GND) at the power on and off procedure. Otherwise transient voltage spikes which can occur during the power On/Off procedure can damage the hardware.

2. Joining the connectors.

First find the pin one on your connecting tool and on the Embedded Target. Pin one of the connecting tool has to connect to pin one of the target connector. It can be marked by a small dot next to the connector, a number 1 marker or a small triangle marker. Whether you’re connecting Debug Adapter to a Debug Trace Module (DTM), Active Probe to the Target or Connector - always push them together carefully and make sure the both sides are parallel and aligned.

3. Power On/Off procedure.

First power on the PC, then the BlueBox, connect the power supply to the Target board and power it on. When you’re finished with debugging, turn on the hardware in reverse order.

4. Start debugging!


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