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Release Date

February 14, 2017 (Final)

February 10, 2017 (Planned)

Enhancement/Fixes to existing features 

Newt Tool enhancements

newt run <unittest-pkg>

 This allows debug of a package test library. It builds the test executable such that a failed test triggers a failed assert and runs it in gdb. When a test fails, gdb halts at the point of failure.

newt -j <jtag_cmd> load <image_name>

It allows you to pick which JTAG adapter to connect to in situations where you have multiple boards hooked up to your system. Additional parameters can also be passed using the -j flag from newt command line to download/debug scripts.

Note: JLink download/debug scripts do not support this yet.

Example: newt -j "cmsis_dap_serial 00000000AZE000001423" load boot_zero
This chooses the board with that serial number on the USB device while uploading the "boot_zero" image.

newt uses Go exec library to execute external commands correctly 

Newt no longer invokes shell (/bin/sh) to execute external commands such as creating directories and copying files. Instead, it now uses the Go exec library to fork and execute child processes.

MYNEWT-365 - newt can't handle files with spaces Resolved

This commit breaks backwards-compatibility of Newt with the Mynewt core repo.

Specifically, the compiler.yml definitions indicated command line options as a space-delimited sequence of strings in the path settings. For example, the Cortex M4 assembler specified the following path:

This compiler definition has now been changed to the following:

Newt generates priority violation error for incorrect configuration setting overrides

When a setting defined by a package was overridden by a package of the same or lower priority, newt would silently ignore the override. Newt now generates a priority violation error.

NimBLE stack enhancements

NimBLE can now use RTC for OS time tick

Previously, NimBLE used SysTick to provide the OS time tick. The option to use RTC has been introduced for more power efficiency.

BLE host guarantees resources to send failure messages when resources are not sufficient to send affirmative response

Most request handlers reuse the request buffer for the response. This is done to prevent out-of-memory conditions. However, there are two handlers which do not reuse the request buffer:

1. Write request.
2. Indicate request.

Both of these handlers attempt to allocate a new buffer for the response prior to processing the request. If allocation fails, the request is not processed, and the request buffer is reused for the transmission of an "insufficient resources" ATT error response. 

NimBLE host API supports a new generic type device address

The public API now uses the "ble_addr_t" (with additional helpers/symbols) type to pass complete device address via API instead of separate type and address value.

This change breaks backwards compatibility as the NimBLE host API no longer supports separate type and value.

AuthReq/KeyDist validation in pairing request/response fixed

The reserved bits in AuthReq and key distribution flags shall be ignored on reception so that non-zero values do not make pairing command invalid. This is to ensure compatibility with future specs.

Reference:

  • Bluetooth Specification 4.2, Vol 3, Part H, Section 3.5.2
  • Bluetooth Specification 4.2, Vol 3, Part H, Section 3.6.1

Dedicated type for UUIDs for consistent handling

Dedicated types for UUIDs of different lengths have been introduced instead of using a byte array containing the 128-bit representation for all cases. It makes the handling of UUIDs more efficient because of lower memory requirements to store UUIDs and removal of extra code.

A generic UUID type ("ble_uuid_t") is used only as a pointer to access actual UUID types (16-bit, 32-bit, 128-bit). When registering services using new API, only the UUID pointer is stored for all attributes (there is *no* copy of value made). Also, there is no implicit conversion from 128-bit to 16-bit UUID inside Nimble.

Below are some examples on how to use the new UUID API. 

Note: This change breaks NimBLE host API backwards compatibility.

 

Log index field increased to 32 bits

The index field for log entry has been changed from 16 bits to 32 bits. The index is the only criterion for selecting the start point of the read if a zero value is specified in the "newtmgr logs show" command. The timestamp is still used as the primary key if a nonzero value is specified. At boot time, Mynewt determines the next log index to use by reading the last entry from all persisted logs. Previously, if there was no persisted last entry, a garbage value would be used. This has been fixed now and 0 is used if all logs are empty.

There is one compatibility-breaking change in this implementation.

The "logs show" command retrieves all entries whose index is greater than or equal to the specified index value. Prior to this change, the command only retrieved entries whose index is greater. This change was made so that there is a reliable means of getting an entry with an index of 0.

New Features

File Allocation Table (FAT) file system support

Mynewt is no longer limited to a single filesystem (FS) and "hardcoded" block device per driver. Support for accessing multiple devices and filesystems has been added. A package has been added that can be conditionally included

The user is required to map a disk to the filesystem it uses as shown below. It adds a name for the disk, what FS is used (FS's are registered when loaded), and what "disk" ops should be used for that named device.

To access a file/dir, the user has to call the registered disk as a prefix as shown below. When only a single FS is used on the project, the disk prefix is optional but the disk register is not.

Note: fatfs_open, nffs_open are still operational and does not require specifying the disk. Backwards compatibility is maintained.

IP support

Apache Mynewt has imported the code for lwIP, the lightweight TCP/IP protocol stack and can build images with Inet services and network interfaces defined. 

Currently, the mn_socket abstraction can be used to write IP applications. Basic functionality been tested on the simulator and with WINC1500 wifi chip.

OIC 1.1 Support

Mynewt supports the OIC 1.1 core specification which specifies the framework (architecture, interfaces, protocols and services) to enable OCF profiles implementation for Internet of Things (IoT) usages. Mynewt starts with IoTivity-Constrained, a reference implementation of OCF standards for resource-constrained devices and optimizes the code further for both flash and RAM memory usage. 

In the OIC framework, devices or entities are exposed as Resources, with their unique identifiers (URIs) and support interfaces that enable RESTful operations (GET / OBSERVE, POST, PUT, DELETE) on the Resources. Every RESTful operation has an initiator of the operation (the client) and a responder to the operation (the server). Mynewt supports both the client and server roles. In a typical scenario, an edge device (e.g. a BLE peripheral device) running Mynewt is an OIC server and the gateway (e.g. the smartphone) is the client.

The framework uses CoAP (RFC 7252) as the primary RESTful messaging protocol since CoAP has UDP binding with reliability and multicast support and built-in discovery. The CBOR (RFC 7049) data format is used to encode the OCF payloads concisely. For security, OIC has DTLS-based authentication, encryption and access control mechanisms required for secure access to the entities.

The sample app "bleprph_oic" included in the Apache Mynewt release shows how to discover and register lighting device over BLE.

    • oc_add_device() is used to add a device with the URI "/oic/d", resource type "oic.d.light", and name "MynewtLed"
    • app_get_light() to retrieve the status of the LED pin 
    • app_set_light() to turn on/off the LED pin

Apache Mynewt also exposes /mgmt/oicmgr as an OIC server resource to allow Mynewt devices to receive and respond to "newtmgr" protocol commands encapsulated in CoAP. This essentially provides a mapping of Mynewt's system management APIs into the OIC protocol.

    • The URI is "/omgr" and the resource type "x.mynewt.nmgr
    • omgr_oic_get() for newtmgr commands that retreive information from your application, for example, the taskstats and mpstats commands. 
    • omgr_oic_put() for newtmgr commands that send data to or modify the state of your application, for example, the echo or datetime commands. 


Apache Mynewt includes handlers for all four types of operations - CREATE, DELETE, PUT, and GET. Hence, all the OCF standard interfaces defined in Section 7.6.3.1 of the Core Specifications can be defined. The "baseline" and "read-write" interfaces have been defined and used in examples. The "baseline" interface provides a view into all Properties of a Resource including the Meta Properties and the "read-write" interface exposes only those Properties that may be both ‘read’ and “written”. 

New board support

Support has been added for the following boards:

  • nRF52840 pdk 


Known Issues and Limitations

Connection oriented channels in BLE 4.2

 Support for Connection-Oriented Channels (including Dedicated Channels) in the Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol (L2CAP) is yet to be added. This feature is a prerequisite for supporting the IP Support Profile which can turn devices into IPv6 nodes that can consume or originate IPv6 packets and be discovered by IPv6 routers.

   MYNEWT-501 - Add LE CoC support Resolved

HAL support for nRF52840 is not complete

 While basic support for the board and peripherals has been added for this board including the NimBLE stack, the HAL interfaces are still underway.

Single newtmgr reset causes two reboot log entries

The first log entry gets written during processing of the incoming reset command. The second entry gets written at init time during the subsequent reboot.

MYNEWT-573 - nmgr reset causes two reboot log entries to get written Resolved

newtmgr hangs after reset command

Even though the reset after image confirm is successful, newtmgr hangs forever.

MYNEWT-572 - newtmgr reset command succeeds under the hood, yet fails to recover Resolved

Full support for TCP/IP

The following is planned but yet to be added:

  • ethernet driver(s) which can be included as packages like our other drivers
  • sample app(s) utilizing the above driver(s). One of the sample apps is likely to use the winc1500_wifi app in arduino-zero repository which uses sockets and allows you to start the default inet services. A second sample app that runs OIC over IPv6 is also planned.
  • locking to lwip socket adaptation
  • abstraction for DNS
  • updated documentation

Newt does not limit the size of loader image in case of split images

MYNEWT-545 - newt - Newt doesn't limit size of loader images. Resolved

Start event for cooperative packages sometimes fails to get executed

A cooperative package which uses the default event queue may never get an opportunity to enqueue their start event because the default queue may not be designated when the package is initialized. In such cases, the package's start event fails to get kicked off before OS start.

MYNEWT-534 - A cooperative package's "start event" might not get executed when OS started Resolved

nrf52 ADC will not work if VDD4 reference is used

MYNEWT-502 - nrf52 ADC will not work if VDD4 reference is specified Open

bootloader with serial upload is larger than 16K 

Currently the bootloader cannot fit into a 16K slot. The code will be optimized for this constraint.

MYNEWT-481 - boot loader with serial upload is too big Resolved

NFFS cannot delete a file or directory when completely full

Deleting a file or directory requires writing an inode to the disk. If the disk is completely full, there is not room for the deletion record, and the delete attempt fails with an FS_EFULL error.

MYNEWT-338 - NFFS - Can't delete from a completely full file system Open

NimBLE PHY driver for the nRF52 occasionally indicating decryption errors and/or MIC failures

MYNEWT-285 - NRF52 decryption failures (intermittent) Open



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