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The following notes explain how to setup a Mac running OS X to build libmc1322x. My work focuses on the EconoTAG, your target may vary.

At this time, development on a Mac is pretty raw. No IDE, no OpenEmbedded, no bitbake, just command line tools: the compiler and the bootloader communication tool.

First Steps

  • Install Xcode (gcc) from the Mac App Store

  • Install FTDI's FT2232H VCP driver. When the FTDI device is plugged in, 2 new devices are available (your exact device name may vary based on which USB port you are using):

    /dev/tty.usbserial-000030FDA     # This is jtag device
    /dev/tty.usbserial-000030FDB     # This is MC1322X's UART1
  • Install the Device::SerialPort Perl module used by tools/{.docutils .literal}:

    sudo cpan Device::SerialPort

Getting the Toolchain: Homebrew

You can get the most up-to-date and well-tested toolchain via homebrew:

  • Install homebrew if you haven't already.
  • Make sure your homebrew installation is up-to-date: brew update
  • Add a tap to darconeous/embedded: brew tap darconeous/embedded
  • Install libftdi: brew install libftdi
  • Install OpenOCD: brew install open-ocd
  • Install the Code Sourcery arm-2008q3 toolchain: brew install arm-2008q3-gcc


  • Obtain the library source from the git repository:

    $ git clone git://
  • Edit the makefile to use the proper toolchain (and make a backup of the original):

    $ cd libmc1322x
    $ sed -i .bak 's/arm-linux/arm-elf/g' Makefile.include
  • Build for your target:

    $ cd tests
    $ make BOARD=redbee-econotag
  • There are build errors, but the library (../src/libmc1322x.a{.docutils .literal}) and most binaries get built

Loading a binary into RAM

  • The EconoTAG has a bootloader that works over the serial port. The command line tool to load binaries into RAM is tools/{.docutils .literal}.

  • Use the command line below and when you see periods, press the target's RESET button:

    $ ../tools/ -f blink-green_redbee-econotag.bin -t /dev/tty.usbserial-000030FDB
    Size: 2520 bytes
    Sending blink-allio_redbee-econotag.bin
    done sending files.

Open OCD

  • Get the OpenOCD config file for mc1322x:

    $ curl -G > openocd.cfg
  • Plug your target device into USB port

  • Run OpenOCD:

    $ openocd
    Open On-Chip Debugger 0.4.0 (2010-04-13-21:34)
    Licensed under GNU GPL v2
    For bug reports, read
    srst_only separate srst_gates_jtag srst_open_drain
    jtag_ntrst_delay: 200
    2000 kHz
    Info : max TCK change to: 30000 kHz
    Info : clock speed 2000 kHz
    Info : JTAG tap: mc13224.cpu tap/device found: 0x1f1f001d (mfg: 0x00e, part: 0xf1f0, ver: 0x1)
    Info : Embedded ICE version 7
    Error: EmbeddedICE v7 handling might be broken
    Info : mc13224.cpu: hardware has 2 breakpoint/watchpoint units