Get Started with the LPCXpresso54018

Plug It In

Let's take your LPCXpresso54018 board 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 the LPCXpresso54018 Development Board – Demo

1.1 Attach the USB Cable

OM40003: LPCXpresso54018 Development Board

1.2 Run the Out-of-Box Demo

Your LPCXpresso54018 board comes preloaded with a graphical HMI demo developed using emWIN. Using your finger or a touch stylus, you can select a color from the palette on the left of the LCD screen, and draw freehand pictures. Touch the CLR button to erase your drawings.

OM40003: LPCXpresso54018 Development Board

2.1 Getting Started with the MCUXpresso SDK!

The MCUXpresso Software Development Kit (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 pre-configured SDK release for the LPCXpresso54018, which includes versions for MCUXpresso IDE, Keil MDK and IAR EWArm. Use LPCXpresso54018 as the target board.

You can also use the online MCUXpresso web tool to create a custom SDK package for the LPCXpresso54018 using the SDK builder.

2.2 Install your toolchain

NXP offers a free, GNU/Eclipse based toolchain called MCUXpresso IDE.

Want to use a different toolchain?

No problem! The MCUXpresso SDK includes support for other tools such as IAR and Keil.

To set up your LPCXpresso54018 for use with 3rd party tools, first install LPCScrypt in order to install the board’s device drivers. The video below shows how to use LPCScrypt to program your board’s debug probe using this utility.

The video on this Getting Started section are for LPCXpresso54608, but the steps are the same for LPCXpresso54018.

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 provides pin and clock tools to generate initialization C code for custom board support.

2.4 Serial terminal

Most of the MCUXpresso SDK examples set up for IAR and Keil tools use the MCU UART for printf output, and this is also an option for the MCUXpresso IDE. If you are not sure how to use a terminal application try one of these tutorials:

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

Build, Run

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 LPCXpresso54018 (/boards/LPCXpresso54018).

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

3.2 Build, Run

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 SDK for LPC540xx 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.

Building and debugging with MCUXpresso IDE

The video on this Getting Started section are for LPCXpresso54608, but the steps are the same for LPCXpresso54018.

Using a different toolchain?