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1. Handling Recommendations
To enable development, the ToolStick Base Adapter and daughter cards are distributed without any protective
plastics. To prevent damage to the devices and/or the host PC, please take into consideration the following
recommendations when using the ToolStick:
Never connect or disconnect a daughter card to or from the ToolStick Base Adapter while the Base Adapter is
connected to a PC.
 Always connect and disconnect the ToolStick Base Adapter from the PC by holding the edges of the boards.
Figure 1. Proper Method of Holding the ToolStick
Avoid directly touching any of the other components.
Figure 2. Improper Method of Holding the ToolStick
Manipulate mechanical devices on the daughter cards, such as potentiometers, with care to prevent the Base
Adapter or daughter card from accidentally dislodging from their sockets.
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2. Contents
The ToolStick-F560DC kit contains the following items:
 ToolStick ToolStick-C8051F560DC Daughter Card
A ToolStick daughter card requires a ToolStick Base Adapter to communicate with the PC. ToolStick Base Adapters
can be purchased at
3. ToolStick Overview
The purpose of the ToolStick is to provide a development and demonstration platform for Silicon Laboratories
microcontrollers and to demonstrate the Silicon Laboratories software tools, including the Integrated Development
Environment (IDE).
The ToolStick development platform consists of two components: the ToolStick Base Adapter and a daughter card.
The ToolStick Base Adapter provides a USB debug interface and data communications path between a Windows
PC and a target microcontroller.
The C8051F560 Daughter Card includes a CAN transceiver, a pair of LEDs, a potentiometer, a switch connected to
a GPIO pin, and a small prototyping area which provides access to all of the pins of the device. This prototyping
area allows additional hardware to be connected to the board to enable it as a development platform.
Figure 3 shows the ToolStick C8051F560 Daughter Card and identifies the various components.
P1.2 LED
Full Pin Access
Power LED
C8051F560 MCU
CAN Connector
CAN Transceiver
P1.4 Switch
P1.3 Potentiometer
Figure 3. ToolStick C8051F560 Daughter Card
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4. Getting Started
The necessary software to download, debug and communicate with the target microcontroller must be downloaded
from The following software is necessary to build a project, download code to, and
communicate with the target microcontroller:
C51 Tools
ToolStick Development Tools
The software described above is provided in the Simplicity Studio and 8-bit microcontroller studio download
packages. The ToolStick Development Tools selection includes example code specifically for the ToolStick
daughter card, documentation including user’s guides and data sheets, and the ToolStick Terminal application.
After downloading and installing these packages, see the following sections for information regarding the software
and running one of the demo applications.
5. Software Overview
Simplicity Studio greatly reduces development time and complexity with Silicon Labs EFM32 and 8051 MCU
products by providing a high-powered IDE, tools for hardware configuration, and links to helpful resources, all in
one place.
Once Simplicity Studio is installed, the application itself can be used to install additional software and
documentation components to aid in the development and evaluation process.
Figure 4. Simplicity Studio
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The following Simplicity Studio components are required for the C8051F560 ToolStick Starter Kit:
/ C8051 8-bit Part Support
Developer Platform
Download and install Simplicity Studio from Once installed, run Simplicity Studio
by selecting StartSilicon LabsSimplicity StudioSimplicity Studio from the start menu or clicking the
Simplicity Studio shortcut on the desktop. Follow the instructions to install the software and click Simplicity IDE
to launch the IDE.
The first time the project creation wizard runs, the Setup Environment wizard will guide the user through the
process of configuring the build tools and SDK selection.
In the Part Selection step of the wizard, select from the list of installed parts only the parts to use during
development. Choosing parts and families in this step affects the displayed or filtered parts in the later device
selection menus. Choose the C8051F55x/56x/57x family by checking the C8051F55x/56x/57x check box. Modify
the part selection at any time by accessing the Part Management dialog from the
WindowPreferencesSimplicity StudioPart Management menu item.
Simplicity Studio can detect if certain toolchains are not activated. If the Licensing Helper is displayed after
completing the Setup Environment wizard, follow the instructions to activate the toolchain.
5.1. Running the Features Demo
To create a project for the Features Demo example:
1. Click the Software Examples tile from the Simplicity Studio home screen.
2. In the Kit drop-down, select C8051F560 ToolStick Daughter Card, in the Part drop-down, select
C8051F560, and in the SDK drop-down, select the desired SDK. Click Next.
3. Select Example and click Next.
4. Under C8051F560 ToolStick Daughter Card, select TS F55x-57x FeaturesDemo and click Finish.
5. Click on the project in the Project Explorer and click Build, the hammer icon in the top bar. Alternatively,
go to ProjectBuild Project.
6. Click Debug to download the project to the hardware and start a debug session.
7. Follow the instructions at the top of the example file to run the demo.
8. Press the Resume button to start the code running.
9. Press the Suspend button to stop the code.
10. Press the Reset the device button to reset the target MCU.
11. Press the Disconnect button to return to the development perspective.
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5.2. Simplicity Studio Help
Simplicity Studio includes detailed help information and device documentation within the tool. The help contains
descriptions for each dialog window. To view the documentation for a dialog, click the question mark icon in the
This will open a pane specific to the dialog with additional details.
The documentation within the tool can also be viewed by going to HelpHelp Contents or HelpSearch.
5.3. Configuration Wizard 2
The Configuration Wizard 2 is a code generation tool for all of the Silicon Laboratories devices. Code is generated
through the use of dialog boxes for each of the device's peripherals.
Figure 5. Configuration Wizard 2 Utility
The Configuration Wizard 2 utility helps accelerate development by automatically generating initialization source
code to configure and enable the on-chip resources needed by most design projects. In just a few steps, the wizard
creates complete startup code for a specific Silicon Laboratories MCU. The program is configurable to provide the
output in C or assembly.
For more information, please refer to the Configuration Wizard 2 documentation. The documentation and software
are available from the Downloads webpage (
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5.4. ToolStick Terminal
The ToolStick Terminal program provides the standard terminal interface to the target microcontroller's UART.
However, instead of requiring the usual RS-232 and COM port connection, ToolStick Terminal uses the USB
interface of the ToolStick Base Adapter to provide the same functionality. The software is available on the ToolStick
webpage (
In addition to the standard terminal functions (send file, receive file, change baud rate), two GPIO pins on the target
microcontroller can be controlled using the Terminal for either RTS/CTS handshaking or software-configurable
To use the ToolStick Terminal program:
1. Download an example to the ToolStick device that uses UART communication. One example of this type is
the TS F55x-57x FeaturesDemo example from the Simplicity Studio example project creation wizard.
2. Disconnect from the device in the Simplicity IDE. The IDE and the ToolStick Terminal cannot communicate
with the daughter card simultaneously.
3. Open ToolStick Terminal from the Start  Programs  Silicon Labs menu.
4. In the top, left-hand corner of the Terminal application, available devices are shown in the drop-down
Connection menu. Click Connect to connect to the device.
5. If using the TS F55x-57x FeaturesDemo example, text printed from the device will appear in the Receive
Data window.
6. Rotate the potentiometer on the board to change the blink rate or brightness of the LED.
In addition to the standard two UART pins (TX and RX), there are two GPIO/UART handshaking pins on the
ToolStick Base Adapter that are connected to two port pins on the target microcontroller. ToolStick Terminal is used
to configure and read/write these pins. Under Pin State Configuration area in ToolStick Terminal, select the
desired state from the drop-down menu and click the Set Selected Pin States button.
The firmware on the C8051F560 target microcontroller does not need to be customized to use the UART and
communicate with ToolStick Terminal. The firmware on the microcontroller should write to the UART as it would in
any standard application, and all of the translation is handled by the ToolStick Base Adapter.
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6. Using the C8051F560 Daughter Card as a Development Platform
The prototyping area on the ToolStick ToolStick-C8051F560DC daughter card makes it easy to interface to external
hardware. All of the digital I/O pins are available so it is possible to create a complete system.
6.1. C8051F560 Pin Connections
It is important to note that if external hardware is being added, some of the existing components on the board can
interfere with the signaling. The following is a list of port pins on the ToolStick-C8051F560DC that are connected to
other components:
P0.0—This pin is connected to a 1.0 µF capacitor, which serves as a decoupling capacitor for the on-chip
voltage reference. The capacitor C3 can be removed to disconnect it from the pin.
P0.4, P0.5—These pins are connected directly to the ToolStick Base Adapter for UART communication.
P0.6, P0.7—These pins are connected to the TXD and RXD pins of the CAN transceiver. The CAN transceiver
can be removed to disconnect it from the pins.
P1.0, P1.1—These pins are connected directly to the ToolStick Base Adapter’s GPIO pins. By default, these
GPIO pins on the Base Adapter are high-impedance pins so they will not affect any signaling. Configuring these
pins on the Base Adapter to output pins or handshaking pins could affect signaling.
P1.2—This pin is connected to the anode of the green LED on the daughter card. The LED or the R2 resistor
can be removed to disconnect the LED from the pin.
P1.3—This pin is connected to the output of the potentiometer. The 0 ohm resistor R5 can be removed to
disconnect the potentiometer from the pin.
P1.4—This pin is connected to the P1.4 switch. The switch can be removed to disconnect it from the pin.
P1.5—This pin is connected to the mode select pin on the CAN transceiver. The CAN transceiver can be
removed to disconnect it from the pin.
See the daughter card schematic in Section 7 for more information.
6.2. C2 Pin Sharing
On the ToolStick-C8051F560DC, the debug pins, C2CK, and C2D, are shared with the pins RST and P3.0
respectively. The daughter card includes the resistors necessary to enable pin sharing, which allow the RST and
P3.0 pins to be used normally while simultaneously debugging the device. See Application Note “AN124: Pin
Sharing Techniques for the C2 Interface” at for more information regarding pin sharing.
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Figure 6. ToolStick-C8051F560DC Daughter Card Schematic
7. ToolStick-C8051F560DC Daughter Card Schematic
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