Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Using a Freescale Freedom board with mbed environment

For a few years now the mbed platform has given beginners and enthusiasts alike an easy entry to embedded hardware development via the cloud-based IDE/compiler and hardware based around NXP Cortex-M3 hardware. However the hardware entry cost hasn't been that competitive, and the platform has perhaps languished. But no more! You can now use the Freescale Freedom FRDM-KL25Z board with mbed. The mbed bootloader is now available for this powerful and incredibly cheap board - and thus reducing the setup process from almost a gigabyte of IDE to a simple web browser. 

To use your Freedom board with mbed is very simple - we've tested it and simplified the process for you below:

  • If you don't already have one - get a Freedom board
  • Download and install USB drivers available from here
  • Visit mbed.org and create a user account
  • Follow the instructions to download and install the mbed bootloader from here
  • Create your first program from here
  • Learn how to install the compiled .bin program file onto your Freedom board from here 


And off you go - it couldn't be easier. If you're wondering what a Freedom board is - it's a powerfu development board from Freescale. With a low-power ARM® Cortex™-M0+ 48 MHz processor, USB OTG interface, accelerometer, RGB LED and capacitive touch slider and more - it's an inexpensive development board that's fully supported by Freescale and third-party development software. For more details, data sheets and to order - click here.

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