How Do I Set Up SDC or MMC Cards in SPI Mode to Verify Files were Successfully Programmed?

Question from the Customer:

I would like to use the Aardvark I2C/SPI Adapter in SPI mode and the Aardvark Software API to communicate with SDC and MMC cards. I need to verify that files were successfully programmed in the production environment. Can I search for files on an SDC Card using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter?

Response from Technic...

Are Counterfeit Lightning Cables Safe to Use?

It seems Apple devices and accessories are ubiquitous these days. While it is common for Lightning cables to be used daily, it is not always clear which ones are safe and which ones can lead to problems down the road. The article, “Why Counterfeit Lightning Cables Kill iPhones” written by Motherboard, discusses an unrelenting issue occurrin...

What Are the Best Tools For Programming I2C and SPI Devices with OneWire Commands? Can LabVIEW Be Included?

Question from the Customer:

I have a project that uses the STMicroelectronics STM32F401RCT6 device. I need to open communication with 1-wire commands,  which would enable me to use microwire communication to operate the STM32F401RCT6 unit. We are using LabVIEW for this project.

How can I best approach this? Which tools do you recommend? Is Lab...

What’s the New USB Power Delivery Protocol All About?

In its early days, the Universal Serial Bus protocol, commonly known as USB, was initially created and used as a vessel to power on and transfer data from one device to another. Initially many USB devices on the market required an external power adapter, and over time this proved to be costly and inefficient for manufacturers and users. The inc...

Continuity Testing of USB Type-C Cables Using the Advanced Cable Tester

Question from the Customer:

I am using the Promira Serial Platform with the Advanced Cable Tester – Level 1 Application on two functionally identical USB Type-C cables. However, the report doesn’t show these cables as identical: one cable passed everything on the physical wiring section, but the other cable failed on SBU1 and SBU2 under the...

How Much Power Can the Promira Serial Platform Provide to a Target System?

The Promira Serial Platform is a versatile tool that can be configured for a variety of use cases and applications. It has a field upgradeable design that allows for multiple protocols and speed rates, and offers some of the most advanced features within our line of tools.

One of these features is its power providing capability, which allows us...

How are CC2 and VCONN Voltages Measured with the USB Power Delivery Analyzer?

Question from the Customer:

I’m starting to use the USB Power Delivery Analyzer. Looking at the power measurements, I see different voltages for the CC2 pin and VCONN. My understanding is VCONN reads 5V, but the VCONN is the voltage on the non-used CCx pin, which will read at 3V.  Can you explain why the voltage readings are different?


How Do I Filter Data on Two Addresses using Command Line Instructions?

Question from the Customer:
I have captured hours of data using Data Center Software (.tdc files). I’d like to filter data starting with a specific address, such as 0xF0 OR 0xFF. How can I do that? Also, is it possible to filter data on two addresses?

I’m also looking into using command line instructions (CLI), such as:


You Can Easily Create and Verify XML Part Files for your SPI Flash Device using Flash Center Software and Cheetah GUI Software

Question from the Customer:

I purchased a Cheetah SPI Host Adapter to read and write to a SPI Flash device and it is working well for that task. The board I am working on also contains a SPI FRAM (Cypress FM25V01) and I wonder if a device file can be created so that I can read/write to this part? I glanced at some of the Flash Center Software x...

How Can I Best Read the Packets from the USB Power Delivery Analyzer to Ensure I Capture All the Data?

Question from the Customer:

I’m using the USB Power Delivery Analyzer and I have questions about using the Software API.

  • Does the API only read from the hardware buffer of the USB PD analyzer?
  • API - Start Capture - How does this work? Does it start monitoring to save the data from any buffer or a specific buffer (hardware or software buffers...