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Which Software Tool Should I Use with the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter to Read the Status Register Information?

Question from the Customer:

I have the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter and the Flash Center GUI Software which makes it really easy to use - but I do have a question. For my current lab project, I use Flash Center to read the contents of my memory chip and it works great, but I need to see the status register information as well. Is there a way I can use the GUI software to do that, or is there another software tool that I should use to see that data?

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question! The Flash Center software does read the memory data, as you observed. However, for reading the status register, we recommend using the Control Center Serial Software.

Use Control Center Serial Software with your Aardvark Host Adapter or Promira Serial Platform Figure 1: Control Center Serial Software

One of the knowledge base articles in our library addresses your question and may provide some additional useful tips, Writing and Reading from SPI Flash Using Aardvark Adapter and Control Center.  The example in the article uses the SPI Flash Demo Board, but you can modify the steps for the target device that you are using. Following is a summary of the steps outlined in the article as they are related to the status register:

  1. Install and Start the Control Center Serial Software on your computer.
  2. Connect the Aardvark adapter to the Control Center Serial Software.
  3. Configure the Aardvark Adapter and enable Target power, if needed.
  4. Enter 06 in the MOSI Message > Click Send. (This Write Enable instruction sets the Write Enable Latch bit)
  5. Enter 01 00 in the MOSI Message > Click Send. (This Write Status Instruction writes 00 to the memory Status register.)
  6. Enter 05 00 in the MOSI Message > Click Send. (This Read Status Instruction reads 00 from the memory Status register.)
  7. View the results in the Transaction Log of the Control Center Serial Software.
    Control Center Serial Software can be easily used to view, log and analyze data Figure 2: Control Center Serial Software Transaction Log

    Additional resources that you may find helpful include the following:

    We hope this answers your question. If you have other questions about our host adapters or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or if you already own one of our devices and have a technical question, please submit a request for technical support.

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