Free PDK is an open sourced and independently created tool-chain for the Padauk 8-Bit Microcontrollers, created as an alternative to the proprietary and closed tools provided by the Taiwanese company itself.

This includes the EasyPDKProg µC programmer hardware, adding support for the Padauk µCs to the SDCC C-Compiler, as well as comprehensive documentation of the instruction set architecture, and code examples.

The main focus is on supporting µCs of two Padauk series:

Padauk µCs are extremely inexpensive, priced as low as $0.03/pc in volumes of 100, which is why they generated a lot of interest after being featured by Dave from the EEVblog (first video and a bunch of follow-up videos). Despite the low price, it was found that the Padauk µCs sport an interesting architecture that can be a seen as a significant and meaningful extension of the Microchip PIC architecture. There is an extensive and active discussion on the EEVblog forum for this project and further discussion here on µC.net (German).

This page provides an overview of the different sub-projects created in the free-pdk GitHub organization. It also provides custom pinout diagrams for some of the Padauk µCs.

:link: Easy PDK Programmer

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Padauk µCs are programmed via a proprietary high-voltage protocol. The protocol was reverse engineered and a fully open source programmer that already supports almost two dozen Padauk µCs has been created. All sources for the programmer are available at:

:link: SDCC-based Open Source Tool-Chain

Padauk’s own tool-chain is based on a custom programming language called “Mini-C” with a syntax based on the C-language. This language is only supported by their own tool-chain, including IDE (“Padauk Developer Studio”) and programmer (“Writer”). The tool-chain also uses a custom binary format with encryption/obfuscation. Should you be interested in code samples in that custom language, take a look at free-pdk/fppa-code-examples.

The open source tool-chain is based on the Small Device C-Compiler (SDCC) and therefore does support Standard C and common binary output formats (intel hex and bin), including those used by the Easy PDK Programmer.

Please note that right now there is no interchangeability between both tool-chains. Binaries generated by SDCC cannot be written by the official Padauk programmer, but only by the Easy PDK Programmer.

Padauk µCs use different kinds of instruction sets: 13, 14, 15, or 16 bit (more information on these instruction sets can be found below). Support for the 14 and 15 bit Padauk instruction sets has been added to SDCC, a C compiler for small devices. Support for the 13 bit Padauk instruction set is being worked on.

Helpful SDCC resources:

:link: Installing SDCC

The latest binaries and sources of SDCC can be obtained on the SDCC website. If SDCC is available via your operating system’s package manager, please ensure that it is at least SDCC 4.0.0; older versions may not have support or only limited support for the Padauk µC.

:link: µC-specific Information and Pinouts

Note: Other µCs than the µCs listed here may be supported. If you want to learn more about the naming scheme, read more here.

:link: MTP (Flash) Variants

MCU OSS Status Arch. max IO ROM RAM Timers PWM CMP ADC Special Padauk Links
PFS154 Supported PDK14 14

2 KW

128 T16
T2 T3
2x 8‑Bit
3x 11‑Bit
1 LCD Product Page
Datasheet
PFS172 Supported PDK14 14

2 KW

128 T16
T2 T3
2x 8‑Bit 1 8‑Bit Product Page
Datasheet
PFS173 Supported PDK15 18

3 KW

256 T16
T2 T3
2x 8‑Bit
3x 11‑Bit
1 8‑Bit LCD Product Page
Datasheet

:link: OTP Variants

MCU OSS Status Arch. max IO ROM RAM Timers PWM CMP ADC Special Padauk Links
PMS150C Supported PDK13 6

1 KW

64 T16
T2
1x 8‑Bit 1 - Product Page
Datasheet
PMS15A Supported PDK13 6

0.5 KW
 (1 KW *)

64 T16
T2
1x 8‑Bit 1 - Product Page
Datasheet
PMS152 Supported PDK14 14

1.25 KW

80 T16
T2
1x 8‑Bit
3x 11‑Bit
1 - Product Page
Datasheet
PMS154C Supported PDK14 14

2 KW

128 T16
T2 T3
2x 8‑Bit
3x 11‑Bit
1 LCD Product Page
Datasheet
PMS171B Supported PDK14 14

1.5 KW

96 T16
 T2 T3
2x 8‑Bit 1 8‑Bit - Product Page
Datasheet

:link: Evaluation Boards

These are evaluation boards for the online-programmable MTP (as opposed to the OTP parts, which can only be programmed offline and once) Padauk µC. free-pdk/f-eval-boards.

:link: Instruction Sets, Opcodes, and Programming Sequence

The different Padauk µCs use either 13, 14, 15, or 16 bit instruction sets. The following files provide an overview over the different instruction sets.

More information, including information on the programming sequence, can be found at free-pdk/fppa-pdk-documentation

:link: Other Tools

  • Schematic Symbols: A collection of schematic symbols for many of the Padauk µCs.
  • Padauk µC Emulator written in VHDL: This project aims to provide a fully functional, timing accurate VHDL model for simulating PADAUK FPPA microcontrollers. free-pdk/fppa-pdk-emulator-vhdl
  • A bunch more tools are located at free-pdk/fppa-pdk-tools.
    • Disassembler: dispdk supports 13 bit, 14 bit, 15 bit and 16 bit opcodes
    • Emulator: emupdk supports 14 bit opcodes, no peripheral support yet requires mapping of processor ID in emucpu.c
    • PDK converter: depdk convert/deobfuscate any PDK file to binary

:link: Projects from the Community

These projects are auto-populated once per day by searching GitHub for repositories with the padauk topic. Projects that additionally have the free-pdk topic are highlighted as Uses Free PDK toolchain. Projects that contain .PRE files are marked as Uses proprietary toolchain.

:link: Latest Activity

The latest activity in the free-pdk GitHub organization is fetched at least once per day and displayed below.

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@JustinOng commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#24
On-board programming with easy PDK Programmer: Possible?
This is pure speculation on my end: so your as your circuit does not excessively load the pin, you should be alright.

Of course, this comes with a whole long list of caveats - for example, in my application, I have PA4 connected to a MOSFET controlling a small vibration motor. Trying to program and calibrate a PFS172 while the motor is connected results in failure, which I believe is caused by the power rail browning out.

I would strongly suggest that you test your intended circuit to confirm for yourself whether it'll work in your application.


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@ragnarrhomb commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#24
On-board programming with easy PDK Programmer: Possible?
Ahh! Thanks for the catch! Do you know about "the limit" of usage of this pin to other things "in circuit" ?


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@JustinOng commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#24
On-board programming with easy PDK Programmer: Possible?
According to [this](https://github.com/free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-software/issues/14), PA4 is used for calibration of IHRC.


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@Skywalkerf34 commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#23
vpp too low
@freepdk
I am still facing problem on the 4 other Programmer can you be kind to explain the purpose of Q2 and Q1 and confirm D2 and D3 are connected to Q2 ( didn't find information on the schematic)


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@Skywalkerf34 commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#23
vpp too low
@freepdk

Hi,

I receive the new OP and change on one of the most "working" board but no change :-[
So I come back to one I put on the side that was given already a bad vpp value and discover that that board give good 15 volts and except vvp other voltage you kindly indicate was about ok. So I check that last one an just press a little more pin18 of STM32...tada vpp come good then :-)
So I set a pfs154 on the adapter and probe => work !
erase => work !
program helloword => work !
start => hello world!

So, by the end, This is just my original wiring of the board that work good now with the LM358 and that "small capacitor on C4 and some inductor I bought at the beginning.

Now, thanks to your help, I have at least ONE programmer that works and I can now investigate why the other didn't run well up to now.

Thanks again for all your patience and great help to guide me on the way to fix


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@Skywalkerf34 commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#23
vpp too low
Hi,,
not yet my parcel with fresh new OP has been lost, now I have to put a new
order somewhere else

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@freepdk commented on issue free-pdk/easy-pdk-programmer-hardware#23
vpp too low
@Skywalkerf34
Did you solve the problem?