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Dear LPC and Kinetis customers, partners and enthusiasts,


It has been roughly 9 months since LPC and Kinetis merged under the new NXP. Both LPC and Kinetis teams are now under the same business line. Everyone has been working diligently to make sure the basic infrastructures are not broken and customers using either LPC or Kinetis are well supported.


We hope word has gotten out that both product families are doing well.  We have you to thank.


Which Family will Survive the Merger?

The answer is simple.  Both.


Over the past 9 months, both families have been introducing new products to the market and more are under way. Both LPC and Kinetis are the top 5 ARM-based MCU vendors and both have continued to grow. Our competitors have been hoping we will sacrifice one family after the merger, but we haven’t. Investments have continued on both product lines.  


You will see the fruits of our labor in the coming months with exciting new products coming your way.


In the long run, we intend to bring the best of both families together for an even stronger ARM-based portfolio, which we plan to share a future glimpse during the next post.  Apologizing in advance for not showing more, but we don’t want our competition to know everything we're doing.


Will NXP continue the Longevity Program?

Yes. Please continue to use your favorite LPC and Kinetis devices for your projects. We will continue to honor our longevity program and look for ways to strengthen it. We are in it for the long haul.


And if you didn't see our recent Longevity press statement, please check it out here, 

NXP Semiconductors :: Press Release 


Will the development tools merge?

Similar to our hardware strategy, we will continue to support our existing software platforms as well as enable our customers with strong tool partners, who like NXP, are committed to support both families.


As with our hardware strategy, we have brought together the software teams and using their combined strength to help weave together our products and shape our future. Plans are in motion, with some big announcements coming soon.  I think you will like what you see.


Thank you.

As with any merger, not all things go smoothly, but we are committed to make things better as we march forward with a stronger MCU portfolio. We appreciate your patience and loyalty to these great products.

For those LPC users who are new to CAN bus, our partners Embedded Systems Academy have scoured the old LPCWare content and newer NXP Community postings to create an extensive set of FAQs. You can use the Community search facility to help find your answers or just browse (select the CAN category to filter down to just this topic). Enjoy!

Just released, this new app note is essential reading for power-conscious LPC fans using the flashless version(s) of the LPC1800 series. The new Low Power Modes and wake-up times application note (AN11853) is available here:

This application note introduces the various low power modes of the LPC18x0, the steps required to enter the low power modes, wake-up implementation, and helpful hints to reduce power consumption.
This application note also provides a software example to enter the low power modes, and demonstrates how to measure the power consumption using a Keil MCB1800 board.

Here in the LPC team we are really excited re-energizing the LPC800 family and are working hard to help customers who want to make the transition from 8 and 16-bit MCUs to the Cortex M0/M0+. To this end we've created code bundles which consist of software examples to teach users how to program the peripherals at the basic level. The examples provide register level peripheral access, and direct correspondence to the memory map in the User Manual. Examples are concise and accurate explanations are provided within the readmes and comments in source files. LPC81x and LPC82x example code bundles are available now, ready for use with LPCXpresso, Keil and IAR, and easily portable to any development toolchain. I've posted some direct links below, but remember you can find these by looking under the Software & Tools tab from the product page of the LPC8xx you are using. Enjoy!






Well folks, the resurgence of LPC continues! I'm pleased to let you know the LPCOpen packages for LPC43xx have been updated, fixing a bunch of issues and improving/correcting the readmes for the examples. In case you didn't know, we have all the LPCOpen packages on the LPC site now; you can find them using the search box, from the part page (under the Software tab) or from the board page. Look out for more LPCOpen package updates over the coming months. The updates are for the currently available LPC43xx boards from NXP (LPCXpresso43xx boards, Keil MCB4357, NGX Xplorer4337 and Hitex LP4350).