NXP adds C++ and mbed support in first update since buying Code Red

September 20, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
NXP Semiconductors has released the first update of the LPCXpresso design tools since its acquisition of Cambridge-based developers Code Red earlier this year.

LPCXpresso 6 adds support for C++ and the ARM-driven open source mbed environment and doubles the download limit for the Free Edition to 256 kB. NXP has also introduced a new Pro Edition of LPCXpresso providing unlimited code size downloads and one year of email-based support directly from NXP engineers.
Over 100,000 LPCXpresso development boards have been shipped in the three years since they were first introduced by NXP with Embedded Artists. Together with the LPC-Link2 debug adapter, LPCXpresso 6 provides a powerful family of tools, software and debug support for all NXP LPC microcontrollers based on the ARM processor platform.
“Support for the larger debug code size and the addition of new features in the Free Edition of LPCXpresso 6 are great news for developers – a move which will continue to drive expansion of the broader LPC community. As we continue to develop exciting new functionality in LPCXpresso, Pro Edition users will also benefit significantly,” said John Rayfield, senior director, MCU ecosystem, NXP Semiconductors.New functionality available in LPCXpresso 6 includes C++ programming language support, with the creation of C++ application and library projects as well as projects written in C and CMSIS-DAP debug adapter support that enables native debug using a wide range of low-cost debug adapters, including the very popular mbed development boards for rapid prototyping.
Multi-core debugging via LPC-Link 2 is supported with simultaneous multi-core debugging for dual-core devices, including the NXP LPC4300 microcontroller family, and there is support for LPC microcontrollers based on ARM7 and ARM9 processors alongside the existing Cortex-M cores.
“The LPCXpresso board family has revolutionized the ‘evaluation board’ concept both in terms of price level and ease of use. The 100,000-plus LPCXpresso boards we’ve shipped to date are a clear indication of their popularity and acceptance in the embedded community, and we are proud to be part of this amazing success,” said Anders Rosvall, technical director at Embedded Artists. “Whether you are