Get Started - LinkIt 7697 HDK

Welcome to the LinkIt Development Platform for RTOS get started guide for LinkIt 7697 HDK. This guide takes you through the essential steps from setting up your development environment to running an example project on the development board.

Choose your development environment

You have three development environment options to choose from when developing projects with the LinkIt development platform for RTOS:

GCC ARM Embedded

You’ll use the GCC ARM Embedded command line toolchain to build your projects in Linux, and then download project binaries to the LinkIt 7697 HDK in Windows.

Starting from v3.3, the SDK also supports building projects on Windows. To do so, you'll need to setup a MinGW environment on your Windows PC. The following online Get Started guide assumes you're building projects on a Linux machine, but can be easily adopted to the MinGW environment.

Prerequisites

You need a Linux machine to build the projects, and a Windows machine to download the project binaries.

  • Windows:
    • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • Linux:
    • Ubuntu 14.04 TLS

Keil µVision IDE

You’ll use Keil μVision IDE in Windows to develop, build and download your projects to the LinkIt 7697 HDK. You’ll need a valid license for a version that supports Cortex-M4 development. You can find a comparison of different versions here.

Prerequisites

  • Keil MDK-ARM uVision, suggested version 5.15
  • A hardware debugger supporting SWD interface and Cortex-M4, such as a J-Link debug probe.

Note that LinkIt 7697 HDK does not have an onboard debugger chip. Therefore, you need an external debugger to download and debug the projects with μVision IDE.

IAR Embedded Workbench

You’ll use IAR Embedded Workbench IDE in Windows to develop, build and download your projects to the LinkIt 7697 HDK. You’ll need a valid license for a version that supports Cortex-M development. You can find a comparison of different versions here.

Prerequisites

  • IAR Embedded Workbench, suggested version 7.50.1.10273
  • A hardware debugger supporting SWD interface and Cortex-M4, such as a J-Link debug probe.

Note that LinkIt 7697 HDK does not have an onboard debugger chip. Therefore, you need an external debugger to download and debug the projects with IAR Embedded Workbench.