The BugFace BF1 "Dronecode Probe" is a generic JTAG/SWD + UART console adapter compatible with most ARM Cortex-based designs and in particular with hardware maintained by the Dronecode project. It is supported on all major operating systems (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS). A variety of connectors on the Dronecode Probe allow for instant hardware connectivity to most of the Dronecode-compliant hardware designs, eliminating the need for intermediary boards, adapters, soldering, and crimping.

Based off the open-source Black Magic Probe, the DroneCode Probe offers the following added value:
  • Firmware compatible to the Black Magic probe
  • Does not require OpenOCD or other software to run GDB on Windows, Linux or Mac OS
  • Better setup/usage experience compared to other JTAG probes
  • Integrated 3.3V serial adapter for console access
  • Solder-free support for common DroneCode cabling options:
    • ARM Mini 10 position standard header
    • DCD-M: DroneCode Debug connector, medium


  • Embedded GDB server on the device. No host-side driver needed (this is unlike, for example, OpenOCD).
    • Loading the application into flash or RAM.
    • Real-time execution and single-stepping.
    • Hardware-assisted breakpoints and read/write/access watchpoints.
    • Software breakpoints when executing from RAM.
  • Simple integration with development tools and IDE.
  • Connectors are compatible with the Dronecode Autopilot Connector Standard.
  • Optional +3.3 V power supply delivery to the target.

Supported targets

  • STMicroelectronics STM32 series
  • Microchip/Atmel SAM series
  • NXP LPC series
  • Freescale Kinetis
  • Texas Instruments LM/TM series
  • Silicon Labs EFM32/EZR32
  • Xilinx Zynq-7000
  • Broadcom BCM2836

See the Black Magic Probe homepage for the full list of supported targets.


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