Get Started with the FRDM-K64F

Plug It In

Let's take your FRDM-K64F for a test drive! You have the choice of watching the sequence in a short video or following the detailed actions list below.

Get Started with FRDM-K64F Development Platform - How to

1.1 Attach the USB Cable

1.2 Run the Out-of-Box Demo

Your FRDM-K64F comes loaded with a "bubble level" demo that leverages the onboard accelerometer. When the board is flat, the RGB LED is turned off, and when the board is tilted, the red or blue LEDs gradually illuminate based on the degree of tilt on the X- and Y-axis.

Choose a Development Path:

Installing software for the FRDM-K64F

2.1 Jump-Start Your Design with the MCUXpresso SDK!

The MCUXpresso SDK is complimentary and includes full source code under a permissive open source license for all hardware abstraction and peripheral driver software.

Click below to download a preconfigured SDK release for the FRDM-K64F.

You can also use the online SDK Builder to create a custom SDK package for the FRDM-K64F using the SDK builder.

2.2 Install Your Toolchain

NXP offers a complimentary toolchain called MCUXpresso IDE.

Want to use a different toolchain?

No problem! The MCUXpresso SDK includes support for other tools such as IAR, Keil, and command-line GCC.

2.3 MCUXpresso Config Tools

The MCUXpresso Config Tool is an integrated suite of configuration tools that guides users in creating new MCUXpresso SDK projects, and also provides pin and clock tools to generate initialization C code for custom board support.

2.4 PC Configuration

Many of the example applications output data over the MCU UART so you'll want to make sure that the driver for the board's virtual COM port is installed. Before you run the driver installer, you MUST have the board plugged in to your PC.

With the serial port driver installed, run your favorite terminal application to view the serial output from the MCU's UART. Configure the terminal to 115,200 baud rate, 8 data bits, no parity, and 1 stop bit. To determine the port number of the FRDM-K64F's virtual COM port, open the device manager and look under the "Ports" group.

Not sure how to use a terminal application? Try one of these tutorials:

Build and Run SDK Demos on the FRDM-K64F.

3.1 Explore the MCUXpresso SDK Example Code

The MCUXpresso SDK comes with a long list of example applications code. To see what's available, browse to the SDK boards folder of your SDK installation and select your board, the FRDM-K64F (<SDK_Install_Directory>/boards/frdmk64f).

To learn more about specific example code, open the readme.txt file in an example’s directory.

3.2 Build, Run, and Debug MCUXpresso SDK Examples

If one or more of the demo applications or driver examples sounds interesting, you're probably wanting to know how you can build and debug yourself. The Getting Started with MCUXpresso SDK guide provides easy, step-by-step instructions on how to configure, build, and debug demos for all toolchains supported by the SDK.

Use the guide below to learn how to open, build, and debug an example application using the MCUXpresso IDE.

Using a different toolchain?

Create an Application for the FRDM-K64F.

4.1 Clone an example project from MCUXpresso SDK

Option A: Use the MCUXpresso IDE to clone an example project.

Option B: Use the MCUXpresso Config Tool to clone an existing MCUXpresso SDK example for use with third-party IDEs.

4.2 Use the Pins Tool

Now, let’s use the Pins tool that is part of the MCUXpresso Config Tool to show how to add a new GPIO pin to your project to blink an LED.

4.3 Use the Clocks Tool

Next use the Clocks tool that is part of the MCUXpresso Config Tool to change the clock settings and change the rate that the LED blinks.

4.4 Success!

With the application modified, you will see the FRDM-K64F’s blue LED slowly blinking. You can also view terminal output using the terminal program.

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