The first step is to download and install the Kinetis SDK from the following link (registration is required to access the download area)
Next, a compiler toolchain has to be installed. There are many option, but I chose to select the suggested on: Kinetis design studio
To create my first application, I clicked File -> New -> Kinetis 1.x Project. This starts a wizard that let you select the board in use
I chose “GCC compiler” as compiler and I left all the other options to their default values. After going through the all the wizard steps, the project was finally created. I tried to build and everything went perfect.
I then added a feature that I will need I this project: the SPI interface. I clicked “Processor Expert” in the Tools menu. In the Processor Expert, I selected the SPI Slave library and added to the project. This adds a new SSP1 object that can be easily configured in the IDE
Also, a new SSP1.c and SSP1.h files are generated with all the functions required to handle the SPI peripheral
My first impression with the Kinetis Deisgn Studio was very good: everything is clear and easy to use. Up to now, there has no been hassle. Let's wait for the board and see how is to work on the real hardware!