NXP Semiconductors has expanded its MCUXpresso suite of software and tools with the addition of the MCUXpresso integrated development environment (IDE). The new IDE enables customers to design across thousands of NXP's LPC and Kinetis MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M cores, while using the same software suite, according to the company.

The MCUXpresso IDE features simple, scalable and user-friendly interfaces and tools and is built to leverage the capabilities of the MCUXpresso SDK and Config Tools. The new feature-rich, Eclipse-based framework completes the trio of MCUXpresso software development solutions and provides access to thousands of new project wizards and clone projects, saving designers valuable time by giving them a head-start to customise their own innovations.

Available in full-featured free and professional upgrade editions, the MCUXpresso IDE unifies Kinetis and LPC microcontrollers under a set of compatible tools. With a dedicated quickstart panel, automatic probe detection and configuration, and an intuitive project creation and cloning wizards, the MCUXpresso IDE is designed to ease developers through the set-up and optimisation of their projects to application design and even multicore development.

The MCUXpresso IDE supports full-featured, advanced debugging with unlimited code size and code profiling in the free offering, adds advanced trace features in the professional edition, and preserves hardware investments by supporting Freedom, Tower System, LPCXpresso boards and custom hardware platforms.