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14 Posts authored by: Justin Mortimer Employee

Nice project from Kevin Townsend showing off capabilities of LPC824 with it's state configurable timer to drive Neopixel and IR distance application.


LPC824 NeoPixel IR Distance Sensor

I love seeing how our LPC community uses our microcontrollers ... keep sharing what you create and let's continue to support and invest in each other.  


Pokitto LPC11U68 Game Gadget on Kickstarter - EB sold out soon!

Back in Austin TX after a fun trip to Nürnberg, Germany.


I am humbled and energized after spending a week with 30,000+ engineers at this year’s Embedded World!


Nürnberg, Germany

Amazing.  That’s the only way to describe the passion and enormity of our LPC FANS across Europe.  LPC is deep-rooted in the hearts of many and I am lucky to be a part of this inspired, tightknit community.    Embedded World has a strong place in the heart of LPC. 


My personal highlights from the event .... LPC FANS, What's Popular, MCUXpresso & Geoff.



My favorite experience of the event was standing proudly at the LPC pedestal shaking hands with 1000s of LPC FANS.  I enjoyed connecting with each of you, hearing about your success, ideas and future needs.  Everything begins with great people … and we will continue to learn and find inspiration from you.  Thank you for your guidance as we build our next generation of differentiated microcontrollers!


  • What's Popular?  LPC800 & LPC54000 demos & give-aways!

The 8-bit MCU market is moving to the 32-bit world and we are excited to show off the cool features of the LPC800 series, but EW was really more focused on the LPC54600 family.  High performance and integration for power-sensitive applications.  We showed off a variety of demos and partner solutions at the pedestal.  Stunning, low-power, cost effective GUIs made easy with Embedded Wizard and TouchGFX.


Longtime NXP partner, Embedded Systems Academy showcased the dramatic improvements the LPC5461x family of CAN-FD controllers can make in various industrial applications.

With our partners, we gave away tons of LPC boards, from our power-optimized, full speed USB enabled LPC54114 board, to our newest LPCXpresso54608 platform.  And over 200 engineers & students left on the final day with an LPC800 DIP boarda very fun platform to experience what everyone is talking about ... LPC800!  Much more to come this year, stay tuned!

  • MCUXpresso.

NXP spent a year working on a unified development experience and Embedded World was the near final step in our MCUXpresso roll-out.  Erich Styger & Andy Beeson did an unbelievable job showing our new tools, read more at Erich's blog.

  • Geoff Lees

#1, LPCFANS and I both loved seeing Geoff engaged and interacting with numerous customers, fans and partners.  Many of you commented how "cool" it was to see Geoff approachable and engaged throughout the event. Year after year, his commitment to the industry and his visible presence at Embedded World is inspiring.  I am not sure where he finds his energy!


#2, Geoff stole the show (like only Geoff can do). Check out Junko Yoshida's article in EETimes, where Geoff   "unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI" ... all-in on 28 FD-SOI.  Get ready for our next generation of breakthrough processors and microcontrollers.


Thank you to the NXP team and valued partners for your hard work making this event a huge success!  


And to our LPC FANS, thank you for continuing to believe ... until next time! 


We want people all over the world to get their hands on an LPC54608 development board (OM13092) - not just our large customers, so here's your chance ... 



By December 31, 2016, start your own discussion (put LPCXpresso54608 in your title) on our community in which you share how you might use a new or existing LPC microcontroller in an application, maybe it's a new feature or product you want to try, could be something you've already created or a new idea you want to create in 2017.  Be creative and have fun sharing ideas.  Up to 100 submissions (non-NXP employees) will be selected to receive an LPC54608 board (OM13092).  


thanks for sharing!


The year when two titans came together forming what is now the #1 supplier to the broad based MCU market.  To the industry, it was the year of the merger, clouded in uncertainty.


Not so for LPC. 

    While the world wondered, what might happen?  ... LPC simply got to work.


For the LPC team, 2016 marks a year of celebration – surpassing our goals and closing one of the most successful years in history.  But it was much more than just a banner year shipping microcontrollers, so many milestones were achieved,


  • we reinforced our core team, a collection of new and familiar faces
  • defined a new product roadmap & go to market strategy
  • rebuilt relationships with our global distributors and partners
  • listened to feedback and took immediate actions -
  • restructured & strengthened our global support infrastructure - an ongoing process
  • launched the LPC83x & LPC5411x families to market, establishing our team’s clear direction
    • LPC800 an entry-level 8-bit alternative at the right price
    • LPC54000 the mainstream MCU series for everyone
  • strengthened our ecosystem, traveling the world, rebuilding trust and visiting customers


For me personally, getting to know all of our LPC fans, customers and partners has been such a gratifying experience. Honestly, I have never met such a committed and hard working network of people supporting and using LPC around the world; you're the ones that make a world of difference, thank you!  


The energy level and encouragement is amazing!  I've loved our conversations together at events, comments on the community, and emails directly from you!


With 2016 coming to a close, it’s clear that LPC is NXP’s general purpose microcontroller business for the broad market.  We focus on our customers through products that are easy to use, well documented and supported online in this community.


Now what?

As we enter 2017, our campaign to inspire creativity across the globe moves to its second phase.  Focus on introducing what is quickly becoming our flagship microcontroller family, LPC546xx, which has the humble honor of following in the huge footsteps of the one of the most recognized and successful microcontrollers in history, LPC1768.  Later, we move to completing the highly anticipated expansion of the LPC800 MCU series.


Final Reflections

So, how will 2016 be remembered to us?  It was the year when a small group of hard working individuals came together as one team to build something great again.  Build something that has a lasting impression and changes the industry forever.  


What comes next from LPC is coming soon.  And we cannot wait to tell you about it.

Thank you for continuing to trust and believe in LPC.  

  Happy holidays and see you in 2017!

     - Justin Mortimer, Marketing manager

Our global ecosystem - from NXP field engineers to distributors and partners are training up on LPC and now more specifically, the newest LPC546xx family.  


But we also want to make sure the engineers actually using our MCUs in their application receive the same information directly from us ... we will continue to keep you updated & informed.


Links to a few of the recent presentations prepared by our LPC AE team,


State Configurable Timer

LPC key feature_SCT 


SPI Flash Interface

LPC key feature_SPIFI 


Graphics LCD Controller

LPC key feature_LCD 


Dual Core Architecture (found in LPC541xx)

LPC key feature_DualCore 

So I am getting ready for Electronica and brought a bunch of boards home.  I was testing and packing everything when my daughter got her hands on one of the demos ... this is what happened.



Ok, so the title is somewhat of a stretch ... my daughter is 3, but my son is 2!  And although they didn't development the demo & flash the board ... they sure did love playing with the coloring demo!!


The demo my kids are fighting over is taken from our SDK using Segger emWin's graphics library.   It was really nice and easy to get up and running right out of the box.


This was the first time my kids were actually interested in my work

Our first software development kit (SDK) based leveraging the nice touch display   ... it may look simple, but the board is alive and working well! 



And if you didn't see our LPC54608 family introduction ... check it out here: Introducing the First LPC546xx Family

If you haven't heard, our LPC54000 power-efficient platform is expanding to address what our 10,000+ customers have been waiting for patiently ... an extension to some of our most popular devices in the market, including LPC1700.


The time has come ... lead customers are developing on the LPCXpresso54608 board now!


By the way, our LPC54000 platform may have a different part number nomenclature compared to what you have grown to love in our existing LPC families, but in the end, it's just a part number for ordering and marking.  So let me introduce the first of a few new LPC546xx families coming very soon ....




This is our Baseline HMI & Connectivity MCU family for the industrial, IoT and general embedded markets, a great starting point for your development, which is why we will being this to market first.


The family leverages a 180MHz Cortex-M4 and fits a sweet spot with respect to balancing power and performance.  But the it is far more than just another Cortex-M4 and also more than just an LPC1700 series upgrade.  With options for up to 512Kbyte of Flash, 200Kbyte of SRAM, 16Kbyte EEPROM, and additional memory interface options, we thinkyou will like what you see.


e've combined some new features, such as a 12MHz power-optimized free running oscillator, trimmed to 1% accuracy over temperature and voltage.  A 5Msps 12-bit, 12-channel ADC, along with a bunch of peripherals you have grown to love, such as FS & HS USB, CAN, Ethernet, and a Graphics Display Controller.


With over 21 communication interfaces, including 10 Flexible Serial Interfaces, the key for this product family is flexibility, giving you option to customize the device for your application.


Standby as we start going deeper into the product details and software of this new product family!!



Hi!  we love staying connected with all of our LPC customers, which is why it would be great if you could follow our LPC MCU community by clicking on the link from the main forum page.  This allows us to stay better connected and ensure you always receive the latest information direct from the product line.   Portfolio updates, announcements and more will be shared, so stay tuned.  By the way, we have a few design challenges planned and definitely want to make sure you hear the latest details as they are shared.  You can stop following at any time.


In case you missed any of our recent portfolio and roadmap blogs, you can find the direct links below,

  1. An Update on our Microcontroller Portfolio
  2. #LPCisBACK ... are you Ready for the Relaunch?
  3. LPC Outlines MCU Roadmap for the Broad Market





I added a direct link for easy reference to the recent press release where NXP reinforced their strong commitment to the LPC portfolio and our broad market customers. 


NXP’s Microcontroller Business Reinforces Market Commitment with Extended Product Longevity of Key LPC Products


The LPC team is really excited with what is in store, so stayed tuned for the latest updates.



Whooohooo  ... LPCXpresso54608 boards have arrived! ... development teams are hard at work finishing our release and preparing demos, lead customers have them in hand and we're looking good for our full market launch!  I can't wait for all of you to get a board in the coming months, so you can start developing and sharing what you have using the latest LPC MCU






The LPC team is extremely excited to unveil today our new product introduction plans for the coming year.


But before I introduce our plans, I just want to say a few things about our team.  I am personally very proud to be part of this small, humble group of talented engineers.  We're a team of thinkers, tinkers and doers; we have a passion for innovation, creative thinking and finding ways to improve efficiency.  We come to office because we want to create something meaningful, but we're driven by seeing customers bring an application to life with our microcontroller.


Over the past decade, LPC has been adopted as the microcontroller of choice by tens of thousands of customers.  We have built a portfolio of products that people have come to love, and continue to come back to again and again.


Any success we have been fortunate enough to see has been because an engineer took a chance with LPC.  They believed in the product and put trust in us as a supplier.  We cannot thank you enough for that trust.


We have always had a clear focus - build products that everyone will want to use.  I guess you could say we built our portfolio around the needs of the broad market.  Sure we have won the confidence from a bunch of very large customers, but that was never our driving ambition.  Just the opposite, mass market is in our DNA.


So where are we going?   Back to where we started.  

The broad market.  



We are doubling down on two areas that we believe in strongly and think help solve market challenges.


(1) Provide customers with a broad offering of 8/16-bit alternative microcontrollers within our Entry-level LPC800 Series, something we call the engineers toolkit.  We do this by bringing a number of new products to market over the coming year with new features and exciting innovation.  As you can see, the coming year will be busy, but certainly not the end of our ambitions.


(2) Leverage our Power-efficient LPC54000 Platform to bring to life a large, new family of microcontrollers, which we think follow nicely in the footstep of our most popular microcontrollers.  Starting with LPC546xx, we think you will see a lot of value in the updated peripherals, improved power and performance, added security and protection, and more.  But again, this is just the start.  When the time is right, we will outline the rest of the story.

LPC's 2017 Broad Market MCU Roadmap(click for larger version)


LPC is just one piece of our larger NXP microcontroller team, which includes Kinetis and i.MX.  These groups work together on various complementary programs that focus on tackling a variety of market opportunities.  We have a number of exciting ambitions planned in all of these groups, so stay tuned for continued announcements and market launches.


This first year has had its challenges, and I am sure that there will be more, but thank you for continuing to believe in us and our products.

The newly assembled LPC team has been working hard since day one and now, we are ready to unveil our official plans!


As we approach our relaunch, which starts this November, we will be sharing all of the details on this forum with our 10,000+ customers.  First up, the 2017 product roadmap ... followed by regular updates on LPC5460x, our upcoming launch, which kicks-off our busy year of product announcements and launches.


Our business is built on trust and innovation, which is why we want you, our followers, to hear our exciting plans first and direct from the product line.  So stay tuned and share with your friends and coworkers.


LPC is really proud and excited for what we have planned.  And we think you will feel the same.


I hope you are ready ... #LPCisBACK

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.