Today I conclude my countdown of top reasons to use i.MX RT1010, and I wanted to end the blog series in the same way that it began – by talking about how to get started. It is has been 2 weeks since my first post, so hopefully by now you have found the $10.10 in your couch cushion to order your i.MX RT1010 EVK. Maybe you even already have the EVK on your desk and followed the instructions on the Getting Started webpage which leads you to download the software and tools. But what is MCUXpresso and how much does it cost?
MCUXpresso is the holy trinity of software tools. It includes the MCUXpresso SDK along with an IDE and set of Config Tools under one name. It launched in 2017, and I know that team surpassed the 100,000 download mark earlier this year.
The MCUXpresso SDK supports the entire i.MX RT series, as well as other NXP MCU platforms, including LPC and K32 MCUs. It includes a comprehensive suite of drivers supporting the on-chip peripherals, and it also incorporates a number of key middleware and software components from NXP software partners, market-leading open source providers, and NXP software development teams. If you are already familiar with the MCUXpresso SDK for i.MX RT, then you will be happy to hear that now complete boot configuration is supported and Wi-Fi drivers have been added.
Closely paired with the success of the MCUXpresso SDK are the accompanying development tools – the MCUXpresso IDE and the MCUXpresso Config Tools. These tools have been a key part of the success of the MCUXpresso software and tools suite. The aim of these tools, along with the SDK, is to make you as efficient as you can be.
So take the MCUXpresso out for a try and see for yourself just how easy it is to get started. If you liked the $10.10 price for the EVK, you will love the $0 price for MCUXpresso software and tools. Register and get your own copy today.