BBC micro:bit gets Segger’s J-Link debug firmware support

August 19, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
BBC micro:bit gets Segger’s J-Link debug firmware support
Segger (Hilden, Germany) has introduced J-Link support for the BBC micro:bit providing students a path to using a production grade IDE for their next micro:bit project.

Segger offers the capability to upgrade the firmware on the BBC micro:bit DAPLink to a J-Link OB (On Board). This firmware makes the on-board debug solution on the BBC micro:bit compatible to J-Link, allowing users to take advantage of all J-Link features such as ultra fast flash download and debugging speeds and the free-to-use GDBServer as well as application development using an IDE.


“Adding J-Link debug capabilities to the BBC micro:bit broadens its exposure to an even larger audience. The micro:bit eco-system is improved significantly by making professional tool options available to developers,” says John Leonard, Product Marketing Manager, Nordic Semiconductor.


J-Link is supported in all major IDE’s; IAR EWARM, Keil MDK, Rowley Crossworks, Segger’s own Embedded Studio and other Eclipse/GDB based offerings. This gives students developers flexibility in their choice of IDE’s without compromising on the superior download speed to RAM and Flash that J-Link technology offers.






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