A few days ago NXP has released a new version of their Eclipse IDE flagship: the MCUXpresso IDE v11.0.


The previous v10.3.1 was released back in Feb 2019, and the 11.0 now in June this year matches up with the Fall university semester. I appreciate that the releases are about every 6 months, so this gives me time to use it in my university lecture material and lab work. I had the weekend for trying it out, and I’m very pleased.

On a top level

There are lots improvements in this release for which the release notes are a good starting point. A few things noteworthy on the top level:

  • The Eclipse framework has been moved to 4.10.0v201812 with CDT 9.6.0. As a consequence, this is now 64bit on Windows too. It runs on Windows (7,8,10), Ubuntu (16.04 & 18.04 LTS) plus on MacOS (10.11 or later).
  • The ARM toolchain has been updated to GCC8 with the 2018q4-major release$
  • The MCUXpresso Config tools have been integrated with version 6
  • The IDE supports the latest NXP SDK 2.6 release
  • Both SEGGER J-Link (v6.44i) and PEMicro debug probe (v4.13) software has been updated
  • Extended support for Cortex-M33 based MCUs which includes SWO Trace

As always, the release notes and the user manual are a good source of information.

Below are some times which I have found very useful:

Develop Perspective

The default ‘Develop’ Eclipse perspective has an improved layout. There is is third column in the layout.

The ‘Outline’ and ‘Terminal’ views are now by default included in this perspective.

A new ‘Analysis’ menu gives an easy access to trace, SWO and Power views:

Image Info

This is a new feature/view in the MCUXpresso IDE. It is a kind of ‘super symbol browser’ and very useful to get an overview about the application. It works both for the image of a project or I can load an external image for analysis.


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Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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