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New ARM Microcrocontroller Development Tool from NXP

Includes a C compiler and C libraries for rapid high-quality program development

NXP Semiconductors has released a new web-enabled development tool platform, LPCXpresso, for the LPC ARM® processor family of microcontrollers. The LPCXpresso features an easy-to-use interface and supports the complete product design cycle, providing an end-to-end development solution. NXP is also announcing today the launch of the industry’s first Cortex-M0 design competition, the “LPC1100 Cortex-M0 Design Challenge,” providing free LPCXpresso tools to qualified contestants.

LPCXpresso is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced designer. LPCXpresso users can now evaluate, explore and develop within a single easy-to-use interface while retaining all the advanced features associated with powerful and 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.”

The LPCXpresso development platform features a powerful Eclipse-based IDE with an all-new intuitive NXP-designed user interface, optimized Cortex-M0 compiler and libraries, LPC-Link JTAG/SWD debug probe and target boards providing users with all the tools needed to accelerate product development and time-to-market.

The LPC1100 Cortex-M0 Design Challenge has all the ingredients for application developers to create the next exciting design and show “What they can do with 65 cents.” “NXP will be providing free LPCXpresso tools to all qualified contestants, as well as prizes for user feedback on the best LPCXpresso enhancement suggestions. The challenge features a ground-breaking Cortex-M0 product, free tools and over $10,000 in prizes.”

Technical Highlights
LPCXpresso IDE (Powered by Code Red): Includes best-in-class C programming environment with advanced features such as syntax highlighting, code folding, click-through links to definitions and declarations. The optimized GCC compiler and C libraries for the Cortex-M0 enables users to develop high-quality software solutions quickly and cost-effectively. The IDE features several LPC-specific enhancements and is simplified for 8/16 bit users with NXP's proprietary interface which employs a single perspective view, enabling a seamless interconnect between code development and debugging.

The company's Web site address is www.nxp.com
[Reprinted with kind permission from NXP]