A: Jon the 'Secret Weapon' is so interesting tool. Wow, it's cool! Could you tell me a little more about your experience using it?
A: Sure. I use the printer to give me information about when the MCU reaches a specific point in my code, the value of a variable, to print a test message, and so on. I use a UART output and simply load the ASCII bytes into the UART one after the other. It takes a small bit of software to change an 8-bit value into two hex characters, but it's not difficult to do. Decimal numbers take more work, so I stick with hex. Likewise with text messages. I store them in an array and pass the array pointer to the UART code, which them transmits the characters one by one. I hope that helps.
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