FAQ: How do I access my ADSP-CM40x 2.0 part when the debugger cannot connect?

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ADSP-CM40x 2.0 processors have a security header which must be correct for the application to run, and for the debugger to be able to connect. If the security header is programmed incorrectly or becomes corrupt, the debugger will be blocked from connecting to the part. The UART Flash Programmer (wsd.exe in the tools directory of the board support package) can be used to mass-erase the flash content, clearing the corrupt header and allowing a clean version of the application to be programmed.

 

There is a bug in the boot code which affects this mass-erase operation, however – if the security header is corrupt and the key contained within the security is the default key, then:

- The debugger is locked out, as per security requirements;

- The UART interface will incorrectly listen for download of a new application for flash-programming.

- The UART interface will incorrectly not listen for the mass-erase command.

 

If the security header is corrupt and the key contained within the security is not the default key, then:

- The debugger is locked out, as per security requirements;

- The UART interface will listen for the mass-erase command or a secure key command

 

The upshot of this is that a part with a corrupt security header will block out the debugger always, but mass-erase over UART will have no effect if the default key is being used.

 

In the circumstance when the default key is being used, the part can be recovered by:

- Downloading a new application with a valid security header, over the UART.

- Optionally, using the UART Flash Programmer to send the mass-erase command over the UART, if you need to clear the flash.

 

In the circumstance when a non-default key is being used, the part can be recovered by:

- Sending the mass-erase request to erase the flash, or send the custom key and reprogram a new application

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