How to install Kinetis SDK 1.1.0 support in KDS 2.0.0

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How to install Kinetis SDK 1.1.0 support in KDS 2.0.0

How to install Kinetis SDK 1.1.0 support in KDS 2.0.0

This article describe procedure how to properly install KSDK 1.1.0 support in KDS 2.0.0 (Kinetis Design Studio) and also additional steps to update GCC compiler and debug firmware on the FRDM-KL03Z board.

KDS 2.0.0 installation

If you don’t have KDS 2.0.0, please get the installation package (for Windows and Linux) on Freescale website. Go to the page Kinetis Design Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE), select the build and install it.

Kinetis SDK installation

The KL03Z derivative support is distributed as a part of KSDK 1.1.0 release. 

Download the Freescale Kinetis SDK 1.1.0 Windows or Linux installer and install it.

After the KSDK 1.1.0 is installed you need also install the KSDK_1.1.0_Eclipse_Update. In the KDS main menu select Help > Install new software… , click on Add.. button, click on Archive and select in the KSDK subfolder (e.g. c:\Freescale\KSDK_1.1.0\tools\eclipse_update\


Additional Steps for Kinetis L family

Next step is to install the updated GCC compiler. This is due to C standard library footprint issue in the GCC version that is distributed in KDS 2.0.0. For example, the KL03Z derivatives contain small amount of RAM memory and therefore this step is also strongly recommended.

  • Download the latest GNU GCC ARM as a zip file from, and install the file.
  • Navigate to the KDS 2.0.0  install directory, locate the <install_dir>/ KDS_2.0.0/toolchain folder, and copy all files from the folder “<install dir>/GNU Tools ARM Embedded/4.8 2014q3” (e.g. c:\Program Files\GNU Tools ARM Embedded\4.8 2014q3) to this folder of KDS 2.0.0.

Please note that when you update the GCC you must change the linker flags for every new project with GCC to “-specs=nano.specs -specs=nosys.specs” as described in the document. (otherwise the default setting of linker flags will cause an error of GCC linker).

If you haven’t done that yet, update firmware of the FRDM-KL03Z board to allow application flashing and debugging (see  For detailed instructions see OpenSDA User's guide and FRDM-KL03Z User’s Guide.

  For example, you can start creating a new application for the KL03 according to instructions in document  Low power demo application on FRDM-KL03Z board with KSDK 1.1.0

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