Debug tools support NXP LPC54100 microcontrollers

Paul Boughton

Lauterbach, a provider of microprocessor development tools, has announced its support for the new LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers recently introduced by NXP. The LPC54100 Series offers industry leading power efficiency and is ideally suited for ‘always-on’ sensor-based products.

Lauterbach has supported the LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers since the beginning with µTrace, a debug and trace tool for Cortex-M based processors. The tool uses USB 3.0 for connection to the host and connects to the LPC54100 via Serial Wire Debug (SWD) interface.

“With µTrace the developer can control the operation of the program and analyse the data in C and C++ by the use of simple and complex breakpoints,” said Barry Lock, UK Manager, Lauterbach.  “Also, an analogue probe can be connected to µTrace to read the current and voltage measurements for energy profiling, this enables developers to fine-tune their software for minimal power usage. µTrace® will help engineers develop better devices and greatly reduce development time.”

The LPC54100 Series features an asymmetric dual-core architecture to enable scalable active power and performance by using a Cortex-M0+ and a Cortex-M4F for different sensor-processing tasks to optimise power efficiency. µTrace fully supports this type of asymmetric multicore processing (AMP) debugging by starting an individual TRACE32 instance for each core.