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What are the best tools for Kinetis Microcontrollers?

Question asked by Peter Furey on Apr 30, 2015
Latest reply on May 1, 2015 by Mark Butcher

Hi, Our team has decided to use a Kinetis Cortex-M4 low-power MCU for our project.

We chose the part number MK12DN512VLK5, with the recommended TWR-K21D50M tower system module using CodeWarrior 10.6. 

I spent a lot of time doing the tutorials for CodeWarrior, MQX, and the TWR-K21D50M system. In the process of trying to resolve the problem of not getting any OSJTAG virtual serial output (still unresolved), I discovered that no one on Tower Geeks appears to be using this tower system. It also makes me uneasy that CodeWarrior won't be supporting future Kinetis MCUs and therefor maybe I shouldn't be using this IDE for a new project. This is the first time I'm developing an embedded application from scratch and want to rethink my choices before I continue. What's the consensus on a good IDE for a Kinetis Cortex-M4 MCU? Also, what is a popular hardware development platform to use? Does it make more sense to pick the IDE first and then see which tower systems it supports, or vise versa?

Thank you for any input.