LONDON IAR Systems AB (Upsalla, Sweden), NXP BV and Micrium Inc. (Weston, Florida) have announced a reference design platform targeted at RTOS-based, ARM-powered embedded systems for industrial applications based on the LPC2468 ARM7microcontroller.
The LPC2468 Industrial Reference Design platform is built around the Micrium OS-II real time operating system and IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM C/C++ compiler and debugger. The platform incorporates PCB-based Core, Base and Application modules that provide the essential system functions and wired communications protocols for a wide range of industrial and consumer embedded applications, such as: building automation and lighting control; solid state lighting; e-metering; white goods and industrial control. The IRD platform includes the use of an integrated development environment and J-Link (JTAG) hardware debug link.
The IRD platform comprises an NXP LPC2468 microcontroller board, a base board featuring Ethernet, USB Host/Device, two RS232 ports, and two CAN ports, a membrane style keypad board, 4x20 LCD display and an IAR J-Link JTAG debug probe. Software support is provided for 10/100Base Ethernet, USB Host/Device, CAN, RS-232, and I2C wired communication protocols, allowing real-time monitoring and control of the system over the Internet. NXP has also developed several reference applications in C source code that can be used to initiate application development and speed time to product production.
The IRD includes Micrium's RTOS, TCP/IP stack, File System, CAN stack and USB Host and Device stacks as executable demos. Licensing the source code from Micrium allows the developer to customize this platform very quickly and substantially reduce time to market.