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DBGU ring buffer

This example application shows how to use DBGU peripheral in ring buffer mode.


This example demonstrates read and write over DBGU using the ring buffer mode. The DBGU is configured in non-blocking mode (interrupts enabled). The example asks the user to enter 10 characters. Once received, the characters are echoed back. In the process, the example demonstrates various ring buffer APIs.

Downloading and building the application

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Path of the application within the repository is apps/dbgu/dbgu_ring_buffer_interrupt/firmware .

To build the application, refer to the following table and open the project using its IDE.

Project Name Description
sam_9x60_curiosity.X MPLABX project for SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board

Setting up AT91Bootstrap loader

To load the application binary onto the target device, we need to use at91bootstrap loader. Refer to the at91bootstrap loader documentation for details on how to configure, build and run bootstrap loader project and use it to bootstrap the application binaries.

Setting up the hardware

The following table shows the target hardware for the application projects.

Project Name Board
sam_9x60_curiosity.X SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board

Setting up SAM9X60 Curiosity Development Board

Setting up the board

  • Connect a programming cable from JTAG connector J12 on board to programmer(J-32 Debugger).
  • Connect programmer(J-32 Debugger) to computer using a micro USB cable.
  • Connect the USB port J1 on board to the computer using a micro USB cable (to power the board)
  • Conect the UART Debug port J11 to computer using a FTDI Cable.

Running the Application

  1. Open the Terminal application (Ex.:Tera term) on the computer.
  2. Connect to the USB Serial COM port and configure the serial settings as follows:
    • Baud : 115200
    • Data : 8 Bits
    • Parity : None
    • Stop : 1 Bit
    • Flow Control : None
  3. Build and Program the application using its IDE.
  4. The console displays the following message


    • The console displays the initial transmit and receive buffer sizes
    • It then adds 10 characters - “0123456789” to the transmit buffer and displays the available free space in the transmit buffer after the 10 characters have been added
    • The message asks the user to enter 10 characters
    • NOTE: For this example, the “Free Space in Transmit Buffer = xx”, where xx can be anything between 117 to 127, depending on the USART baud rate and the CPU execution speed
  5. Enter 10 characters on the terminal
  6. Entered characters are echoed back on the console and message is displayed indicating that the receive notification is turned on


  7. For every 10 characters typed, it will be echoed back on the console


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