New Kinetis Design Studio V3.0.0 available

Document created by Erich Styger Employee on May 6, 2015Last modified by Diana Torres on Feb 28, 2017
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the new Kinetis Design Studio V3.0.0 is available in the download section of the Freescale web:

Kinetis Design Studio is free of charge and unlimited.


What's New

  • New Eclipse Luna 4.4 IDE
  • Added Mac OS X (10.10, "Yosemite") host operating system support with Segger J-Link.
  • Added CMSIS-SVD Peripheral Register viewer.
  • New 'Welcome' view
  • New GNU ARM Embedded (launchpad) toolchain, reducing memory footprint especially for small devices.
  • New upgrade/migration assistant to migrate projects to V3.0.0.
  • Updated and extended Segger and P&E debugging support: attach to running target, semihosting and advanced flash programming features.
  • New Processor Expert V3.0 with multiple repository support and simplified Kinetis SDK usage and ability to generate projects for IAR and Keil.
  • Updated New Project Wizard (NPW) for simpler project creation.
  • Updated GNU ARM Eclipse plugins, multiple tool chain configurations.
  • Aligned and optimized for Kinetis SDK v1.2
  • New Device Support: see attached release notes (Rev 1).


Additional Kinetis SDK Device Support

For full/additional device support:

  1. Download the Kinetis SDK v1.2 from Software Development Kit for Kinetis MCUs|Freescale
  2. Install the Kinetis SDK
  3. Add Kinetis SDK v1.2 to KDS: Use the menu Help > Install New Software and use C:\Freescale\KSDK_1.2.0\tools\eclipse_update\KSDK_1.2.0_Eclipse_Update (KSDK path on windows)


See for additional details, especially about porting KDS v2.0.0 projects to the GNU ARM Embedded (launchpad) tools.


Screenshots of new features


Mac OS X support:


New Workspace Welcome view:


Kinetis SDK selection in New Project Wizard:


Ability to generate Processor Expert (Microcontroller Driver Suite) external projects for IAR and Keil:



Eclipse Luna 4.4, e.g. Split Editor Views:


Processor Expert V3.0 and multiple component repositories:


Upgrade assistant to migrate projects from KDS V1.x/V2.0.0 to V3.0.0:


Multiple tool chain configurations:


Peripheral Register Viewer:


JTAG Daisy Chaining:


Advanced Flash Programming Options:

Attach to running target:


And finally, for the 'lovers of the dark side' :-): Eclipse Luna 'Dark' style:


Enjoy :-)