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SEM USA Lexium MDrive products feature field upgradeable firmware that allows our users to take advantage of the new feature additions and bug fixes. This tutorial covers upgrading the MCode OS firmware, which is used on Lexium MDrive Programmable Motion Control and Ethernet TCP/IP products.

This getting started tutorial covers the process for upgrading the Ethernet Application firmware for a Lexium MDrive Ethernet TCP/IP product. with a Kinetis K64 processor.

Before the Lexium MDrive can be installed into a network, the TCP/IP parameters, namely the IP address and the subnet mask must be changed to match the network settings.

Before you begin you should have completed the steps found in the following tutorial: Setting up your Ethernet adapter for MDrive Ethernet TCP/IP products

Lexium MDrive Ethernet products ship from the factory with the TCP/IP parameters defaulted to the following settings:

  • IP Address: 192.168.33.1
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.0.0

These need to be changed to meet the configuration of the network that these will be installed into. This procedure covers setting up the adapter card in your PC to initially connect to your Lexium MDrive TCP/IP product.

The output setup (Os) command is used to set the functionality of the outputs. The parameters define the output point to be configured, the desired functionality, and the active control state high or low.

The input setup (Is) command is used to set the functionality of all inputs, digital and analog. The parameters define the input point to be configured, the desired functionality, and the active response state high or low.

This Application Note covers the topic of writing MDrive MCode programs using the programmable I/O points both as a single I/O point, or as a bank of 4 I/O points as a group.

A sourcing device provides the power or a positive potential to an I/O point. Sourcing devices ‘push’ the current through the load. Other terms used to describe sourcing devices include PNP, Open Emitter, Normally Low, and IEC Positive Logic.
Note that sourcing outputs are only available on Motion Control devices equipped with Plus2 expanded features.

For this part of the tutorial we will use the same hardware configuration examples as was used in the Connecting Power and I/O tutorial to show the configuration of I/O points to various I/O uses.

A sinking device provides a path for the current to ground. Terms used to describe sinking devices include NPN, Open Collector, Normally High, and IEC Negative Logic.
For this part of the tutorial, we will use the same hardware configuration examples as was used in the Connecting Power and I/O tutorial to show the configuration of I/O points to various I/O uses.

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