Crossware, a leading embedded software tools developer, has introduced a starter kit for Philips LPC210X ARM-based microcontrollers (MCUs) to provide developers with a highly flexible and feature-rich environment for rapid program development. The kit can also be used to drive legacy 8051 boards.
The Crossware kit supports all of the LPC210X family of MCUs including the older LPC2104/5/6 and the more recent LPC2101/2/3 chips. The kit includes an SE-ARM-P target board supplied fitted with an LPC2103 chip. The clamshell socket design that houses the MCU allows the chip to be readily replaced by any of the other MCUs in the family thus making the board useful as an LPC210X programming tool.
A 32k byte version of Crossware’s ARM Development Suite software is also included allowing developers to create full working programs in seconds using the default start-up files created by the Crossware environment and the fully integrated Code Creation Wizards. Programs can be downloaded to the board using the Philips flash utility or alternatively via Crossware’s Jpod USB debugging interface, which facilitates super fast download via the JTAG port.
The evaluation board has been constructed so that it is able to drive a legacy 8051 board. A ribbon cable connected to the starter kit board plugs into the socket normally occupied by the 8051 chip and the ARM chip drives the 8051 board itself. A switch allows the 8051 board to be driven at either 3.3V or 5V. This feature allows users to rapidly assess the potential of changing from an 8051-based chip to an LPC210X ARM-based MCU.
Crossware is a leading developer of programmer-friendly C cross compilers and other development tools for embedded systems based on the 8051, ColdFire, ARM, 68000, CPU32 and other chip families. Host environments include Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The company, founded by Alan Harry in 1984, is headquartered in the UK at Litlington on the outskirts of Cambridge. Crossware’s products are used throughout the world by professional developers, educational establishments and hobbyists.