I am wondering about the new KDS IDE V1.0 which is available for trials. This is Eclipse based and includes PE, so is similar to CodeWarrior.
What is the idea behind another IDE for Kinetis development?
there are multiple aspects: CodeWarrior supports a wide range of devices (RS08, S08, ColdFire, ColdFire+, S12Z and Kinetis), while KDS is only for Kinetis: as such, it can be leaner and smaller. The other aspect is: while CodeWarrior is a sold/licensed product, KDS is complimentary, free and unlimited. Yes, it is Eclipse based and has Processor Expert intergrated, so if you know Eclipse/CodeWarrior, things are very similar. Both CodeWarrior (for Kinetis) and KDS use GNU (gcc) as compiler. The biggest difference is the debugger: CodeWarrior uses a proprietary debugger engine, while KDS is using GDB. Like CodeWarrior, it supports P&E and Segger connections, but KDS adds the open source OpenOCD/CMSIS-DAP to the mix. The good news for anyone else using something different than Windows: KDS 1.0beta covers now Windows and Linux, with Mac OS X to follow later this year.
The idea behind it: KDS is free and unlimited, and based on open source tools. With Eclipse + GNU gcc + GNU GDB + OpenOCD/CMSIS-DAP it gives end-to-end open source tools, on the most commen host operating systems, supports for widely used run control solutions (P&E and Segger) and has Processor Expert integrated.
More information: http://www.freescale.com/kds
I've heard a lot of people asking about this, and talked to people at FTF 2014 in Dallas about it.
The most common misquote or rumor is "Freescale is killing Codewarrior". Not true!
The reality is that KDS (Kinetis Development Studio) is a fantastic move.
What i am most excited about is that it will includes TAD (Task Aware Debugging) for MQX, this means ANYONE can now try out MQX on Kinetis on any project they want without restriction. Where else can you get a commercial quality USB and Ethernet Stack for free?!!
Can't wait to try it out. There is a first version download now soon available on the download link from this page:
(AsErich Styger pointed out that at today its pre-register.)
KDS_IDE: Kinetis Design Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
FTF hands-on-lab participants received a pre beta version of the tool, and we gathered feedback which gets now integrated for the beta launch. Users can pre-register for the beta download at KDS_IDE: Kinetis Design Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and the download is expected to be available end of this month.
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