Hexiwear platform combines the style and usability found in high-end consumer devices, with the functionality and expandability of sophisticated engineering development platforms, making Hexiwear the ideal form factor for the IoT edge node and wearable markets.
Completely open-source and developed by MikroElektronika in partnership with NXP; the Hexiwear hardware includes the low power, high performance Kinetis K6x Microcontroller based on ARM Cortex-M4 core, the Kinetis KW40Z multimode radio SoC, supporting BLE in Hexiwear.
The Hardware features included 6 on-board sensors such as Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Accelerometer and Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Temperature, Humidity, light and Pressure sensors. Hexiwear also includes Color OLED Display, Rechargeable battery and External flash memory.
For this device, a docking station is also available; The Hexiwear Docking Station is an expansion board for Hexiwear that provides an interface for programming, debugging, and enhancing Hexiwear with additional functionalities by adding click boards.
All the reported information are extracted from the official Hexiwear page, visit this page for more details and updates.
The Hexiwear device features a 1 MB flash memory organized in 2 blocks (512 KB each) consisting of 4 KB sectors. The flash memory address starts at 0x00000000 and can be read and written from a Zerynth program using the internal flash module.
If flash memory must be used in a Zerynth program, it is recommended to begin using it from secure addresses towards the end the bytecode (start address of the bytecode can be found in the log console of Zerynth Studio during the uplink operation), leaving a minimum safe place to minimize the chance of clashes.
- Microcontroller: NXP Kinetis K64F MCU
- Operating Voltage: 3.3V
- Digital I/O Pins (DIO): 76
- Analog Input Pins (ADC): 8
- UARTs: 6
- SPIs: 3
- I2Cs: 3
- Flash Memory: 1 MB
- SRAM: 256 KB
- Clock Speed: 120 MHz
The Hexiwear provides an on-board 5 to 3.3 V regulator and can be powered in three different ways:
- Throught an Embedded 19 mAh 2C Li-Po battery;
- Throught the USB Micro B connector on Hexiwear Docking Station (charging on-board battery features enabled);
- Throught the USB Micro B connector on Hexiwear (charging on-board battery features enabled);
Connect, Virtualize and Program¶
The Hexiwear Docking Station has an on-board DAP Link circuitry that exposes three USB interfaces:
- A serial port over USB
- A mass storage device for drag-n-drop programming flash memory
- A DAP compliant debug channel
DAP Link should be supported natively by all platforms. Once connected to a USB port, the Hexiwear Device is recognized by Zerynth Studio. The device can be virtualized by clicking the related Studio button without requiring any other user intervention.
Register, Virtualize and Program operations for Hexiwear are available only connecting the device on its Docking Station.
Once connected to a USB port the Hexiwear device can be seen as a Virtual Serial port and it is automatically recognized by Zerynth Studio. The next steps are:
- Select the Hexiwear on the Device Management Toolbar (Disambiguate operation may be required);
- Register the device by clicking the “Z” button from the Zerynth Studio;
- Create a Virtual Machine for the device by clicking the “Z” button for the second time;
- Virtualize the device by clicking the “Z” button for the third time.
No user intervention on the device is required for registration and virtualization process.
After virtualization, the device is ready to be programmed and the Zerynth scripts uploaded. Just Select the virtualized device from the “Device Management Toolbar”, click the dedicated “upload” button of Zerynth Studio and reset the device by pressing the Reset button on Hexiwear Docking Station when asked.
Firmware Over the Air update (FOTA)¶
The Firmware Over the Air feature allows to update the device firmware at runtime. Zerynth FOTA in the Hexiwear device is available for bytecode only.
Flash Layout is shown in table below:
|0x00018000||452Kb||Bytecode Slot 0|
|0x00089000||472Kb||Bytecode Slot 1|
Power Management and Secure Firmware¶
Power Management feature allows to optimize power consumption by putting the device in low consumption state.
Secure Firmware feature allows to detect and recover from malfunctions and, when supported, to protect the running firmware (e.g. disabling the external access to flash or assigning protected RAM memory to critical parts of the system).