NXP Expands Secure Edge-Connected Platforms Based on its i.MX RT Crossover MCUs and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Solutions

July 29 2020, 00:10
NXP Semiconductors announced that its Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo solutions are now pre-integrated across its i.MX RT MCU platform, allowing developers to create the optimal pairing of processing with connectivity. NXP combined its MCU and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth platform solutions within its MCUXpresso Software Development Kit (SDK) to simplify and accelerate the development of connected designs. The company’s connectivity modules and MCU development kits are available now.

NXP's Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combos and i.MX RT Crossover MCUs are now supported within its MCUXpresso software, which dramatically simplifies product development. With this new level of integration, NXP expands the connectivity capabilities of its EdgeVerse edge computing and security platform. By pre-integrating driver support within the MCUXpresso SDK, NXP is providing developers with flexible and scalable platforms to help accelerate compliance, significantly shorten time-to-market, and streamline Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo deployments.

Already with one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of wireless technologies, NXP greatly expand the resources available to developers and manufacturers. These new platforms make it possible to mix and match the right MCU with the right Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo devices, providing developers with the flexibility needed to meet the performance and power requirements of their connected designs, whatever the application.

"With this new connected-edge platform, NXP continues to deliver on its investments in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by providing developers with the flexibility to easily pair our i.MX RT MCUs and advanced connectivity solutions for more seamless and cost-effective implementations,” says Ron Martino, senior vice president and general manager of Edge Processing with NXP. “This new integration brings a one-stop-shop approach to platform development with NXP’s highly differentiated offerings that are fully tested and certified, allowing developers to easily and quickly deploy wireless devices at scale.”   

Rich MCUXpresso SDK Enablement Tools 
NXP has pre-integrated its Wi-Fi/Bluetooth drivers and communications stacks around FreeRTOS, targeting i.MX RT crossover MCUs to simplify and accelerate application development. By using the MCUXpresso SDK, developers can easily combine wireless connectivity with AI/machine learning capabilities, display controllers, and graphics accelerators integrated into the i.MX RT family. 

The pre-integrated Wi-Fi/Bluetooth drivers have been verified and tested, and can use Amazon Web Services as a framework for connected products as well as device, gateway, phone and cloud connection. NXP has also partnered with leading module vendors, around the world, including Azurewave, Murata, Panasonic, and u-blox to deliver fully certified, platform-integrated modules for developer designs, with additional partners being added throughout the year.

The i.MX RT crossover family is the first of several MCU product lines to be supported by NXP’s Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo connectivity solutions, which are now available through NXP’s module partners and through NXP’s global mass market and distribution network, including Arrow, Avnet, Future, EBV, Mouser, Digikey, E14, and WT Micro. Support for i.MX platforms running Linux and Android will be available later this year.
NXP LPC55S16-EVK: LPCXpresso55S16 Development Board
The latest LPCXpresso55S16 board provides the ideal platform for evaluation of the LPC55S1x/LPC551x MCU family, based on the Arm Cortex-M33 architecture. Arduino UNO compatible shield connectors are included, with additional expansion ports around the Arduino footprint, along with a PMod/host interface port and MikroElektronika Click module site. The board features an onboard LPC-Link2 debug probe based on the LPC4322 MCU for a performance debug experience over high-speed USB, with easy firmware update options to support CMSIS-DSP or a special version of J-link LITE from SEGGER. The board can also be used with an external debug probe such as those from SEGGER and P&E Micro.

The LPC55S16-EVK has been validated to support Alexa Connect Kit (ACK) - helping to accelerate de development of voice-enabled applications. To get started, developers should first procure the USI MT7697H Development Kit for ACK, which enable developers to quickly experience ACK-based connectivity and Alexa voice control. Once a voice prototype is working, they can use the LPC55S16-EVK as the ACK Host Microcontroller Unit (HMCU) to quickly develop Alexa-connected applications.

The LPC5500 series is fully supported by NXP's MCUXpresso suite of free software and tools, which include an Eclipse-based IDE, configuration tools and extensive SDK drivers/examples available at MCUXpresso SDK Builder.
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