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

  Kinetis Microcontrollers from Freescale Now Included in mbed Tool for Rapid

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

embedded world 2013

Business Wire

NUREMBERG, Germany -- February 26, 2013

Easy-to-use, web-based mbed^™ development tools are now freely available for
the Kinetis L series of microcontrollers from Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:
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

“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

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 (NYSE: 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.

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are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited or its subsidiaries. ©
2013 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.


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