NXP acquires MCU tools specialist Code Red Technologies
Embedded software tools developer and vendor Code Red Technologies has been purchased by NXP Semiconductors for an undisclosed amount of cash. An ARM specialist start-up co-founded by CEO John Rayfield, Code Red primarily focused on reconfigurable processors for software defined radio.
Code Red, recognised for its development tools, was purchased by NXP to further their development of software which will run on ARM’s 32bit microcontrollers. The company considers the purchase as a "strategic addition" to its MCU business.
LPCXpresso is NXP’s development platform for its LPC range of MCU.
The platform integrated development environment was created by Code Red and has grown to over 66,000 customer activation since introduction in January 2010.
"It’s not just the tools, which are very well integrated with our products. They have a deep knowledge of ARM and can help us with some things," said said Jim Trent, vice president and general manager, microcontroller business line, NXP Semiconductors. "Bringing the Code Red team into our organisation gives us the ability to jump-start our in-house software expertise, deliver world-class software libraries and integrated tools to our customers, and rapidly build on the momentum behind the LPCXpresso IDE."
Trent added that the software piece was very important as customers increasingly expect their MCU provider to also provide firmware, middleware and application software.
Trent said that while bringing the LPCXpresso IDE suite in house NXP would continue to work with third-party suppliers of development support tools including IAR Systems and ARM subsidiary Kiel.
Rayfield said that Code Red customers using non-LPC platforms will continue to have support through May 2014.
In addition, the generic Red Suite MCU software development product will continue to be sold through to the end of December 2013.