How can I make sure my Starter Kit is using the latest board firmware?
Note: If you encounter any errors and Kit Manager still displays an older Firmware Version, you may need to repeat these steps in order to successfully complete the update process. This article may also help recover a kit that is refusing to update: https://www.silabs.com/community/mcu/32-bit/knowledge-base.entry.html/2014/05/14/recover_efm32_orefm-BNRV
Note: This article applies to Studio v3. For Studio v4, the package installer manages and updates customized installations on a part by part basis. If the automatic update system fails, the latest version of any package can be installed as shown in this article.
I used the Custom Install option when I installed Simplicity Studio. I know you just released new products, but my Simplicity Studio doesn't show these devices, even after I completed the [Update Software] process. How can I add these new releases to my Studio installation?
When you choose the Custom Install option (or when later adding/removing packages), you can select which product families you want to install support for. You also then have the power to specify what specific parts in each of those selected families you want to install (the default setting is to install support for all parts in any selected family).
You can tell which product families you have previously customized by the availability of the [Restore Defaults] button, which is only present on product families that have been further customized. See the example below:
If you have customized the part selection to this extent, even if you did so in an effort to ensure support for all parts by manually selecting all available checkboxes, then when any new parts in that family are released to Simplicity Studio, your installation will not automatically add support for them. The recommended usage if you desire support for all products is to leave the family customization at the default (all parts) setting. However, if you require a selective installation using this additional customization, you'll need to follow these steps to add support for new products:
I just obtained a Starter Kit for a EFM32 MCU that I've not used before. How do I add support for it to Simplicity Studio™?
Depending on the method you chose for your initial Simplicity Studio installation, or any install options you've selected since then, your Simplicity install may already support your new device and Kit. To verify, you can look for your new kit in the [Kits] section of the Simplicity Studio Preferences. Click the [Settings] icon (it looks like a gear) at the top left of the Simplicity Studio Launcher page:
and navigate to Simplicity Studio > Kits:
If you see your kit listed and it is "checked", your kit is already supported. If the kit is listed but unchecked, just check that box and click [OK]. You will likely be prompted with a few pop-up dialogs to install support for the new kit.
If the kit is not listed, you may not yet have support for that part installed. Return to the [Preferences] window (again, by clicking the [Settings] icon) and navigate to Simplicity Studio > Parts:
As with the [Kits] window, if you don't see the device from your new kit listed (and checked), just check the box and click [OK] to install.
If you are missing either the new part or kit, you'll need to add support for it using the [Add/Remove Packages] dialog, accessible through the [Help] menu as depicted below:
or via the middle icon of the three at the top left of your Launcher page:
This will open the installation manager window.
If you choose the [Install by Device] option, you can now select parts as desired. If the kit is not immediately available, you can also select the [Find a Product] tab and then type the name of your new device:
If you choose the [Install by Product Group] option, you can install support for whole groups.
For either method, click [Next] to review any optional packages or tools you may also be interested in to support your new kit:
After clicking [Next] again to confirm your Tools selections and to agree to the terms and conditions, clicking [Finish] should then proceed to update your Simplicity Studio installation with the new support you have selected.