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NXP Semiconductors offers tool kit for chip design

Veronica C. Silva | Jan. 27, 2010
LPCXpresso comes with advanced features at low price

MANILA, 27 JANUARY 2010 -- NXP Semiconductors recently introduced a low-cost, Web-enabled development tool platform to help designers go through the entire product design cycle with ease and confidence.

Specifically designed for NXP's LPC ARM processor family of microcontrollers, the LPCXpresso Toolchain allows beginners and advanced designers alike to evaluate, explore and develop chips as they would using other expensive tools.

Designed for simplicity and ease of use, LPCXpresso gives designers a quick and easy way to work with the LPC1100, enabling anyone to develop with Cortex-M0, said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. This comprehensive toolchain also offers an easy migration path to our high-performance ARM7, ARM9 and Cortex families including the LPC1300 and LPC1700 MCUs.

Features

Bundled in the LPCXpresso development platform are advanced features, such as a powerful Eclipse-based IDE and debug probes, which help speed up product development and time-to-market.

Based on C programming, the LPCXpresso IDE features syntax highlighting, code folding and click-through links to definitions and declarations.

The LPC-Link debug probe was jointly developed by NXP, Code Red Technologies and Embedded Artists. The probe can be disconnected from the target and connected with the user's own design. With the debug engine of the LPC3154, debugging is made faster.

To ramp up the launch of the new platform, NXP Semiconductors also launched the LPC1100 Cortex-M0 Design Challenge. The competition aims to encourage design and development using the new tool kit. Qualified contestants are entitled to a free LPCXpresso tool, which retails at US$29.95. Prizes also await participants with the best enhancement suggestions.

 

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