Important Information for users of NXP LPCXpresso

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NXP LPCXpresso users should visit the LPCXpresso FAQ's for up-to-date information relevant to that product.

Product overview

LPCXpresso IDE

The entry-level NXP focussed product is the LPCXpresso IDE, which supports C development (not C++) for the NXP LPC1000 family of MCUs (including LPC11xx, LPC12xx, LPC13xx, LPC17xx and LPC18xx), the LPC4000 family, plus certain members of the LPC2000 and LPC3000 families. LPCXpresso consists of a free IDE which runs on Windows, MacOS X and Linux hosts and provides the ability to build and debug code up to 128KB. For €20, you can purchase an LPCXpresso development board (available from Embedded Artists, as well as various distributors), that includes a debug probe, called LPC-Link. LPC-Link can also be used to debug your own custom boards. So for €20, you get a board, debug probe and fully functional IDE, with a 128KB code size limit. LPCXpresso is an NXP product and is supported via a web forum. This offers a very low cost and risk free way to investigate our tools.

For product information, see

and for the (very active) web-forum, see

There is also a joint Code Red / NXP video presentation on Getting started with LPCXpresso available, which is also largely relevant to Red Suite users. This gives a good introduction on how the Code Red tools can be used.

Precision32 IDE

A variant of our IDE is provided as part of the Silicon Labs (Silabs) Precision32 Development Suite. For more details, see:

Red Suite

We also offer paid-for versions of our IDE, which offer more functionality (including our "Red Trace" SWV functionality), higher debug limits, and email-based support. These are:

For a comparison of the various versions of Red Suite, as well as the LPCXpresso and Precision32 IDEs, see http://www.code-red-tech.com/RedSuite5/red-suite-5.php#comparison

For details of the various license options available for Red Suite variants, please see the FAQ License Types and Restrictions.

For details of how to evaluate Red Suite, please see the FAQ How can I evaluate Red Suite?.

Red Probe+

Red Probe+, our USB high performance debug probe, is designed to work with either Red Suite or the LPCXpresso IDE. It support JTAG and SWD-based connections, and, when used with Red Suite, supports Red Trace on Cortex-M3/M4 microcontrollers. It costs $150.

For product details, see http://www.code-red-tech.com/red-probe-plus.php

RDB4078 Development Board

Priced at $199, the RDB4078 development board provides an excellent platform for evaluating and developing with NXP's Cortex-M4 based LPC40xx series microcontrollers. Fitted with an NXP LPC4078 MCU, the board allows the rapid prototyping of embedded systems through the use of the on-board peripheral interfaces and supplied example software, or by connecting external hardware to the IO pads.

A full set of example code is available which can be built our fully featured 60-day evaluation version of Red Suite. The integrated on-board debug circuit, means that no additional debug probe is needed when used with Red Suite/LPCXpresso IDE (version 5 required). Alternatively the Cortex 20-pin debug connector allows the use of an external probe (such as Red Probe+).

On board peripherals include high resolution color LCD and touchscreen, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, Host/Device USB, high quality stereo audio and serial port. Pads are also provided for all IO pins including GPIO and CAN, making it ideal for evaluating all of the features of the LPC40xx.

RDB1768 Development Board

Priced at $199, the RDB1768 development board provides an excellent platform for evaluating and developing with NXP's Cortex-M3 based LPC17xx series microcontrollers. Fitted with an NXP LPC1768 MCU, the board allows the rapid prototyping of embedded systems through the use of the on-board peripheral interfaces and supplied example software, or by connecting external hardware to the IO pads.

A full set of example code is available which can be built our fully featured 60-day evaluation version of Red Suite. The integrated on-board debug circuit, means that no additional debug probe is needed when used with Red Suite. Alternatively the Cortex 10-pin debug connector allows the use of an external probe (such as Red Probe+). In addition, the Drag2FLASH feature allows a user to simply drag built binaries onto a filing system window to run them with no tools installed!

On board peripherals include 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, Host/Device USB, 16-bit stereo audio, serial port, color LCD. Pad are also provided for all IO pins including GPIO and CAN, making it ideal for evaluating all of the features of the LPC17xx.

ProductOverview (last edited 2012-11-28 11:45:15 by CrSupportAb)