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Thursday, April 06, 2017

NXP combines Kinetis and LPC development tools

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

NXP has combined the development tools for two of the most popular embedded microcontrollers in the industry, giving designers dramatically more flexibility in system implementation.

The MCUXpresso Integrated Development Environment (IDE) unifies development support for thousands of LPC and Kinetis (formerly Freescale) MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M cores using the same software suite.

The MCUXpresso IDE features simple, scalable and user-friendly interfaces and tools and is built to leverage the capabilities of the highly popular MCUXpresso SDK and Config Tools. The new feature-rich, Eclipse-based framework completes the trio of powerful MCUXpresso software development solutions and provides access to thousands of new project wizards and clone projects, saving designers valuable time by giving them a head-start to customise their own innovations.

“If design tools are simple, yet comprehensive, our customers stand a much better chance of designing tomorrow’s next amazing innovation,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of the microcontroller business line at NXP. “This unified software enablement gives developers more choice in high-quality controller solutions to fit their design needs. NXP will continue to stay ahead of the design trends and expand our MCUXpresso software and tools to support a variety of products in the future, ensuring our customers have access to the most comprehensive design tools on the market.”

Available in full-featured free and professional upgrade editions, the MCUXpresso IDE unifies Kinetis and LPC microcontrollers under a set of compatible tools. With a dedicated quickstart panel, automatic probe detection and configuration, and an intuitive project creation and cloning wizards, the MCUXpresso IDE is designed to ease developers through the setup and optimisation of their projects to application design and even multicore development. The MCUXpresso IDE supports full-featured, advanced debugging with unlimited code size and code profiling in the free offering, adds advanced trace features in the professional edition, and preserves hardware investments by supporting the former Freescale Freedom and Tower System, as well as LPCXpresso boards and custom hardware platforms.

This MCUXpresso SDK release adds new device support and includes examples and project files for use in the new MCUXpresso IDE. The MCUXpresso SDK also now includes support for NXP’s NTAG I2C Plus connected NFC tag for home-automation and consumer applications and will soon support the FRDM-KW41Z board designed for portable, extremely low power applications requiring Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) v4.2 and IEEE 802.15.4 RF connectivity. The MCUXpresso Config Tools offers a single powerful configuration environment with pins and clocks tool for dynamic generation of initialisation C code, and quickly guides users to example projects and web-based tools for rapid board bring-up.

www.nxp.com/mcuxpress/sdk

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