MCUXpresso development tool adds open source

MCUXpresso development tool adds open source

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By Nick Flaherty

NXP has launched added open source integration to its MCUXpresso development toolset to streamline software development for complex embedded applications

The latest version adds an integrated development environment (IDE) to enable use of open-source projects, simplified access to specialist middleware, and hardware abstraction to enable code reuse across NXP’s broad range of MCUs. NXP is moving all its MCUs to the platform.

The toolset also includes a custom-built extension for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code (VS Code), open-source-based hardware abstraction for code reuse, streamlined partner code delivery using Open-CMSIS-Packs, and a new Application Launch Pad for easy, interactive access to application software and documentation from NXP.

MCUXpresso for VS Code is designed for fast and responsive source-code editing and supports build systems from open-source projects such as Zephyr and Matter while maintaining support for developers using the traditional MCUXpresso SDK. Developers also have access to existing IDE options, including MCUXpresso IDE, IAR Embedded Workbench and ARM Keil development tools.

The toolset also provides a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for embedded ecosystem integration. The toolset will offer a hardware abstraction layer (HAL) that simplifies code reuse and portability within NXP’s broad microcontroller portfolio.

All IDEs in the MCUXpresso ecosystem feature Open-CMSIS-Pack support for code delivery, which enables ecosystem partners to significantly streamline the product evaluation and integration process for customers, enabling developers to easily browse a collection of off-the-shelf software.

A new Application Launch Pad also serves as a central repository for application design resources, including application software packs, application notes and application code examples with an intuitive portal to browse available software.

“Today’s developers want more choices and open-source options rather than being locked into proprietary systems,” said Charles Dachs, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Industrial and IoT Edge, NXP.

“The new MCUXpresso toolset gives developers greater flexibility and control of their journey, delivering the tools and resources they need to easily accelerate software development. By expanding access to open-source communities and simplifying integration of specialized partner software, we’re helping developers drive innovation, scale their projects, bring complex products to market faster, and easily migrate between NXP devices and platforms.”

NXP is demonstrating MCUXpresso for VS Code at Embedded World (EW2023) in Nuremberg next week.

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