Plug It In!
Let's take your LPCXpresso54608 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 LPCXpresso54608 Development Platform - Demo
1.1 Attach the USB Cable
1.2 Run the Out-of-Box Demo
Your LPCXpresso54618 CAN-FD kit comes preloaded with a CAN loopback test
that attempts to transfer data between the two CAN/CAN-FD ports of the
LPC54618 device. As the test runs, LED1 and LED2 light alternately and
LED3 lights when the test is complete. If test passes then all these
LEDs will stay lit, if it fails then only LED3 will stay on. A
female-to-female, straight-through cable need to be connected between
the two DB9 connectors of the shield board in order to complete the
loopback connection, otherwise the test will fail.
Choose a Development Path:
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
LPCXpresso54608, which includes versions for MCUXpresso IDE, Keil
MDK and IAR EWARM.
You can also use the online
MCUXpresso web tool
to create a custom SDK package for the LPCXpresso54608 using the
2.2 Install your toolchain
NXP offers a free, GNU/Eclipse based toolchain called MCUXpresso
Want to use a different toolchain?
No problem! The MCUXpresso SDK includes support for other tools such
To set up your LPCXpresso54608 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.
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
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 LPCXpresso54608 (/boards/lpcxpresso54608).
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 SDK v.2.0 for LPC546xx 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
Using a different toolchain?
4.1 Get SDK Project Generator
Let's create our own project and make a simple SDK-based application.
NXP provides an intuitive, simple project generation utility that allows
creation of custom projects based on the Kinetis SDK.
4.2 Run the SDK Project Generator
After extracting the ZIP file, open the utility by
clicking on the KSDK_Project_Generator executable for
your computer's operating system. Point the tool to your SDK
installation path, name your project, and select the board that it uses
as a reference. Click on the Quick Generate button to
4.3 Open Your Project
Your new project will be located in
/examples/frdmk64/user_apps. Open the project in your toolchain of choice by using the same
process described in section 3.2.
4.4 Write Some Code
Now, let's make our new project do something other than spin in an
infinite loop. The SDK examples provide a board support package (BSP) to
do various things specific to the board, including macros and
definitions for items such as LEDs, switches and peripheral instances.
To keep things simple, lets make the LED blink using the BSP macros.
Update the main() function in your project's main.c file with the
// Configure board specific pin muxing
// Configure clock source
// Initialize the UART terminal
PRINTF("\r\nRunning the myProject project.\n");
// Enable GPIO port for the red LED
delay = 5000000;
4.5 Build, Download, Run
With the changes made to your main() function, build your application.
Once the build is complete, download the application to your board.
If you need help figuring out how to build, download or run an
application, reference your tool-specific guide from section 3.2.
With the application downloaded, you will see the FRDM-KE15Z's red LED
blinking. You can also view terminal output using PRINTF.