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If I purchase the TWR-K20D72M board, do I need a programmer to connect it to a PC or can I connect directly using a USB cable? 

Question asked by Paul Wanthal on Aug 15, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 21, 2017 by Kerry Zhou

Hi everybody, I'm new to the site and just getting started with RTOS programming and the ARM processor in general.  I have an industrial automation project that I'm working on that I want to use the MK20DX256VLH7 processor on and we are developing the PCB for our application.  I did some preliminary proof of concept using an Arduino and I want to port my code over from Arduino to the new board, but making the move to the proprietary hardware is more than a little bewildering with all of the software and hardware to choose from.  To get started, I was looking at the TWR-K20D72M to learn on.  If I purchase this board to learn the ropes with programming a microcontroller with an RTOS, what programmer do I need for connecting it to a PC?  I was looking at this for the programmer:

Universal Multilink FX High-Speed Development Interface|NXP 

but I'm not sure it's appropriate or necessary.  


I was looking at this for the software development:

Kinetis® Design Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE)|NXP 

Is this all I need, or is there something else that I should be getting?  Thanks!