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Cryptography DIY Projects S32K1 Technologies

Cryptography Do It Yourself (DIY) projects

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So, hello guys, welcome back to the gettobyte YouTube channel. The video you have just seen is the encryption-decryption of an image using Microcontrollers. And that’s what we will implement and learn to do in today’s video.

DIY Projects of Cryptography on ElecronicsV2
DIY Projects of Cryptography on ElecronicsV2

We are going to explore, how to use cryptography technology in microcontrollers. Will be doing the hands-on activity for encryption/decryption of data and images using the ElecronicsV2 Development board. Encryption/Decryption is the cryptography concept and what we are going to achieve on doing so is to know how to use cryptography technology through microcontrollers.

For doing Encryption/decryption we are using the AES cryptography algorithm, which is supported in the ElecronicsV2 development board through its SHE standard-based CSEc peripheral. For those who are new to the channel and world of cryptography technology, would recommend watching these videos in the following hierarchical order to get an understanding of cryptography and the technical terms that have been stated just now.



What is Cryptography

Play Video about What_is_cryptography

How Cryptography is implemented in Microcontrollers

Play Video
Cryptography Basic understanding
Cryptography basic understanding and terminologies

DIY Project Statement

What i have done here is take an image, which is an original image and convert it into a string of bytes. After that, wrote software to store that string of bytes in the ElecronicsV2 development board and to do encryption through AES cryptography algorithm on the stored data. On successful encryption, those string of bytes are changed to the encrypted format of data and then that encrypted data is processed to print the encrypted image on color LCD Screen. This is just a basic demo on how to use cryptography technology for securing the original data. Here we are printing encrypted image on the LCD Screen, Same way we can send, encrypted image data to other microcontroller via CAN, LIN or any other protocol. Will be doing this activity too in upcoming blogs. Follow this cryptography technology playlist to explore more such demos.

Tools needed

Now to achieve this, we will be needing some Hardware and Software tools.

In Hardware part, we will be needing:

1) ElecronicsV2 Development Board: BuyLink

2) JlinkV9 Debugger: Debugger to program the ElecronicsV2 Board: Buy Link

3) Double Breadboard: 

4) ST7789 Color LCD Screen: LCD screen for printing images

In software we will be needing

1) S32 Design Studio IDE: Which is a Desktop Application for programming S32 Family of microcontroller’s/microprocessor.

2) LCD image converter: Desktop application to convert the image into string of bytes

Getting Started

Okay so now let’s get started with it, i hope so you guys have gathered all the software/hardware that i have mentioned above and connected all the hardware items. We will at first directly gonna do the practical implementation and then going to dwell deep into it.

Now for microcontroller programming on ElecronicsV2, I am making a separate GitHub repo, where all the demo examples and peripherals codes would be committed with time. Clone the repo, into your local PC. Link of the repo:


Now in the repo, navigate to: Peripheral Drivers-> CSEc , here you will see different examples related to cryptography technology in ElecronicsV2 Development board.

CSEc Demo examples for ElecronicsV2 Development board

The CSEc_AES_ENC_CBC_ECB_ST7789, is the project for which demo video is shown to you in the starting of the blog. We are going to execute and understand this project.

After cloning the project into your PC, you can see the same folder structure as shown to you at GitHub repo at the path Peripheral_Drivers->CSEc:

Cryptography example projects on ElecronicsV2 Board
Cryptography example projects on ElecronicsV2 Board

Now open the S32 Design Studio and we have to open the Project CSEc_AES_ENC_CBC_ECB_ST7789 into it.  CSEc_AES_ENC_CBC_ECB_ST7789 is already developed code, so to open it navigate to file->Open Project from File System To know how to open already developed project in S32 Design Studio, refer to this blog: Getting Started with S32 Design Studio Part 1 | Gettobyte.

Cryptography project opening in S32 Design Studio
Cryptography project opening in S32 Design Studio

After opening the project, you can see it open in project explorer window of S32 Design Studio.

CSEc Cryptography project in S32 Design Studio
CSEc Cryptography project in S32 Design Studio

Opening the Cryptography example projects

Opening the Cryptography example projects in S32 Design Studio. In this example project you will find 7 projects:

  1. 1) CSEC_Crypto_Engine_Init:
  2. 2) CSEC_Crypto_Erase_Keys:
  3. 3) CSEC_AES_CBC:
  4. 4) CSEC_AES_ECB:
  5. 5) CSEC_AES_CBC_IMAGE_ST7789:
  7. 7) CSEC_aes_cbc_ecb_encryption_image

To Open these projects, Right click on project and go to Build Configurations –> Set Archive


After hovering over the Set-Archive tab, you will see list of all example project:

List of example project's on cryptography
List of examples projects on cryptography

Select the project, which you want to explore, and you will see its name, adjacent to your project name in the project explorer.

Opening cryptography example projects on s32 design studioJPG
Opening cryptography example projects on s32 design studio

Under the src folder, you will see different .c files. There is one .c file for each of the example projects. By double clicking on the corresponding .c file, you can open that file and explore it

Building the Cryptography projects

Okay so you have opened your project in S32 Design Studio, now it’s time to build the project. For building the project in S32 Design Studio. Simply click on project name and go to menu as shown in below pic:

Building the Project in S32 Design Studio
Building the Project in S32 Design Studio

On doing so, you will see a console perspective in which code is compiling.

Project is builded
Project is builded

Some pointers to be taken care of:

  1. 1) Select which example project you want to build, by Right clicking on project name and then selecting which example to use by going to Build Configuration -> Set Archive:

2) After your project is builded, you will see, a corresponding example project name folder in Project explorer, inside which you will find binary files:

Binary files of Cryptography example projects in S32 Design Studio
Binary files of Cryptography example projects in S32 Design Studio

Running/Debugging the Cryptography project

Okay so now, we have got the ELF file of our project. Now it’s time to dump this elf file into our project. For doing so, we need a hardware tool called as debugger to transfer this elf file which is in our PC to the microcontroller S32K144 which is in ElecronicsV2 board.

The hardware tool that we are going to use is JlinkV9 debugger which is universal debugger for all ARM Cortex M4 based microcontroller. Viewers can buy this debugger from here: JLink V9 Debugger Emulator – ARM MCU Development Tool – Electronics Infra.

To connect JlinkV9 debugger with ElecronicsV2 board, follow this video or users can refer the Getting to know Hardware Section of Getting Started Manual of ElecronicsV2

After doing the hardware connection’s, Now we have to do some Hardware Debugger configuration’s in S32 Design Studio IDE so as to detect the debugger hardware tool: JlinkV9 and ElecronicsV2 Board.

For doing so, follow the below steps:

  1. 1) Open the Debug Configuration Window:
    Debug Configuration Menu in S32 Design Studio
    Debug Configuration Menu in S32 Design Studio

    2) Now in the Debug Configuration window, you will see list of hardware debuggers that are supported in S32 Design Studio. We will select the GDB SEGGER J-Link Debugging

    Debug Configuration window in S32 Design Studio
    Debug Configuration window in S32 Design Studio

    3) After that click on top left icon of New Configuration, after which you will see a new debug configuration of your project is made:

    Making Debug configuration of project
    Making Debug configuration of project

    4) After that browse the elf file in C/C++ application tab. And select the Build configuration as Use Active.

    Main tab configuration in Debug Configuration for S32 Design Studio
    Main tab configuration in Debug Configuration for S32 Design Studio

    5) In the Debugger tab of Debug Configuration, you have written the Device Name: S32K144:

These steps will be same for all the example projects. Next steps will only be for CSEC_Crypto_Engine_Init and CSEC_Crypto_Erase_Keys example project.

6) In startup tab of Debug Configuration, check the RAM application option. As we have to run CSEC_Crypto_Engine_Init and CSEC_Crypto_Erase_Keys example project from RAM memory of the controller.

After all these 5-6 steps, click on debug and your debug configuration will be loaded and Debug Perspective will started coming up. In the end something like this will look like in the end.

If your this window come’s up and shows to you. Your debugger and all

Debugging in S32 Design Studio

Example Projects on Crytography

Important Points to Remember

Example project 2nd is the one which is the DIY project statement which I have stated above.

  1. 1) Make sure you run the 1st example: CSEC_Crypto_Engine_Init example project, if you are using CSEc peripheral as first time or you have erased the keys. As running CSEC_Crypto_Engine_Init is mandatory to initialize the CSEc peripheral.
  2. 2) Once CSEc peripheral is initialized, you can run any examples from 2-6 according to your choice. But make sure to increment the counter value of the key in this API, in respective example .c file.
						  /* Load the selected key */
	  /* First load => counter == 1 */
	  /* increment the 3rd parameter of the function: loadKey().*/
	  keyLoaded = loadKey(CSEC_KEY_1, key, 1);


3) Use the 7th example: CSEC_Crypto_Erase_keys, only when you want to erase the Cryptography keys and de-initialize the CSEC peripheral. And after running this example project, if you want to use CSEc peripheral again its mandatory to run the first example CSEC_Crypto_Engine_Init again.

If you dont run the first example project, all of your Cryptographic operations will fail.


So, this is a simple DIY project that we have done and i hope you guys got the practical experience of doing cryptography using microcontrollers. Now in the upcoming blogs we will dwell into depth of above DIY project implementation. We will understand what is CSEc peripheral? how does it work? Understanding of API’s which are used in above code’s? What is SHE standard? What is the concept of keys and crypto ciphers in SHE standard?

Follow the below cryptography related blogs to grow your knowledge and skill sets in cryptography field.

We will be using the code’s which are used in this DIY blog on cryptography as a reference to corelate theoretical concepts of upcoming blogs to practical understanding

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