Kinetis Microcontrollers from Freescale Now Included in mbed Tool for Rapid Prototyping


Kinetis Microcontrollers from Freescale Now Included in mbed Tool for Rapid Prototyping

Freescale Freedom development platform for Kinetis L series MCUs added to mbed hardware lineup

NUREMBERG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Easy-to-use, web-based mbed development tools are now freely available for the Kinetis L series of microcontrollers from Freescale Semiconductor (NYS: FSL) . The FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom development platform is now included in the mbed hardware lineup, supported by the well-established mbed online development community.

The FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom development platform is a low-cost hardware tool used to evaluate and develop with Kinetis L series MCUs, the industry's first microcontrollers built on the ARM® Cortex™-M0+ core. FRDM-KL25Z is ideal for rapid prototyping of MCU-based applications and has proven to be an effective solution for developers, with more than 10,000 users adopting the platform within one month of its release.

With the addition of FRDM-KL25Z to the mbed hardware lineup, FRDM-KL25Z customers can now utilize at no charge. Users will have full access to the mbed online environment, which includes a software development kit (SDK), powerful online tools, an active community of developers and a large selection of reusable code. The mbed online compiler provides a quick and easy way to get started and experiment with the FRDM-KL25Z without having to download, install and license any tools. The user forums provide an interactive community of professional developers working with a common mbed SDK and tools, sharing best practices and helping designers be more productive.

"The mbed online tool has been widely adopted by developers as the rapid prototyping environment of choice for ARM Powered® microcontrollers," said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Microcontroller business. "The easy-to-use and broadly available Freescale Freedom KL25Z hardware is now available for mbed enabled rapid prototyping with award-winning Kinetis L series MCUs - just one more way Freescale is making it easier for designers at all levels to develop with Kinetis MCUs while meeting their increasingly stringent time-to-market requirements."

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"We are pleased to add Freescale as an mbed partner and hardware provider," said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, System Design Division, ARM. "Since its launch, mbed has enabled thousands of engineers to kick-start a huge range of development projects - from smart sensors to motor controllers. The introduction of the FRDM-KL25Z hardware to the online mbed tool enables developers to prototype with Kinetis L series MCUs in minutes, backed by the support and resources shared across the extensive mbed community."

The FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom development platform can be used to evaluate Kinetis L series KL1 and KL2 devices. It features the KL25Z128VLK, a KL2 family device boasting a max operating frequency of 48 MHz, 128 KB of flash, a full-speed USB controller and a variety of analog and digital peripherals. The FRDM-KL25Z hardware is form-factor compatible with the Arduino™ R3 pin layout, providing hundreds of expansion board options. The onboard interfaces include an RGB LED, a 3-axis digital accelerometer and a capacitive touch slider.


The mbed enabled FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom development platform is available for purchase from Freescale distribution partners for a suggested resale price of $12.95 (USD). Visit for purchase links. Freescale plans to introduce additional mbed-enabled development platforms in 2013.

About Freescale software and development solutions for MCUs

Freescale software and development solutions for 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs go beyond silicon to help bring embedded applications to life, while reducing design complexity and accelerating time to market. Freescale's extensive software offerings ­­- from drivers and simple demonstration software to highly integrated real-time operating systems (RTOS) with software components - enable a wide variety of applications. Online product selector and design tools aid in the selection of the correct MCU for the next great application. The award-winning Tower System modular development platform and the Freescale Freedom development platform, along with an expansive ecosystem of partner-developed solutions, make it easy to rapidly evaluate and prototype with Freescale MCUs.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYS: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From MPUs and MCUs to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity, our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next-generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world.

Freescale, the Freescale logo and Kinetis are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ARM, Cortex and ARM Powered are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries. © 2013 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

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