Plug It In!
Let's take your FRDM-KE16Z for a test drive!
You have the choice of watching the sequence in a short video or following the detailed actions list below.
1.1 Attach the USB Cable
1.2 Run the Out-of-Box Demo
This bubble demo leverages the on board accelerometer. When the board is flat, the RGB LED is turned off, and when the board is tilted, the blue or red LEDs gradually illuminate based on the
degree of tilt on the X- and Y-axis.
Installing software for the FRDM-KE16Z
2.1 Jump Start Your Design 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 the KE16Z SDK package.
2.2 Install Your Toolchain
NXP offers a complimentary toolchain called MCUXpresso IDE.
Want to use a different toolchain?
The MCUXpresso SDK includes support for other tools such as
IAR, Keil, and
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 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-KE16Z'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-KE16Z
3.1 Explore the SDK Example Code
The MCUXpresso SDK comes with a long list of demo applications and driver examples. To see what's available, browse to the SDK boards folder of your SDK installation and select your board, the
3.2 Build, Run and Debug 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.
4.1 Get MCUXpresso Config Tools
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
4.2 Run MCUXpresso Config Tools
Open the utility by clicking on the MCUXpresso Config Tools 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 Finish.
4.3 Open Your Project
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.
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-KE16Z's red LED blinking. You can also view terminal output using PRINTF.