Plug It In
Let's take your FRDM-KEA for a test drive! You have the choice of watching a short setup video or following the detailed actions listed below.
Get Started with FRDM-KEA Development Platform
1.1 Attach the USB Cable
1.2 Run the Out-of-Box Demo
Your FRDM-KEA comes pre-loaded with two code example projects. The first demo is a blinking LED with interactivity using on board potentiometer. When the potentiometer is turned the LED will blink faster and then switch colors. The second demo is selected by pressing the user button which uses the ADC and Potentiometer to dim and increase brightness of LED.
1.3 Review FRDM-KEA Quick Start Guide (QSG) for Detailed Setup and the Software Integration Guide for Instructions on How to Create a Project in S32DS
Open the FRDM-KEA QSG and Software Integration Guide for S32 Design Studio.
2.1 Jump Start Your Design by getting started with Quick Start Guide and Software Integration Guide within Quick Start Package
2.2 Install Your Toolchain
NXP offers a complimentary toolchain called S32 Design Studio (S32DS). KEA is also supported by complimentarty toolchain called Kinetis Design Studio (KDS).
2.3 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 boards virtual COM port is installed. It should install automatically when you plug the board 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 115200 baud rate, 8 data bits, no parity and 1 stop bit. To determine the port number of the FRDM-KEA'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:
Learn how to create a new project in S32 Design Studio and the basics to create your own code by running an easy example code.
GetCreate an application for the FRDM-KEA
3.1 Create a new project in S32 Design Studio
Follow the steps to create a new project in your workspace and load the configuration for your target device.
3.2 Create, build and run your application
Create a hello world code within minutes and watch it working in your FRDM-KEA board. Check the details in this video and you'll be flashing your board in few minutes.