SDK is the acronym for “Software Development Kit” and usually refers to a set of software development tools that allow engineers to create systems and produce applications for hardware kits, software frameworks, or development platforms. SDKs are implementation tools for developing source-codes for almost any software modern users are interacting with.
SDKs usually contain APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) as they are required when an SDK is being used to create an application that needs to connect with other application. An API typically communicates and cannot be used to create applications by itself. APIs allow application functioning within the SDKs defined parameters.
SDK commonly provides a package of tools (libraries, APIs, code samples, documentation, and guides) to create software applications on a dedicated platform. Engineers get SDKs from a system developer for both easing their development process and fostering an ecosystem for them. SDKs are a driving force to expedite time-to-market for application development, that is especially useful in stringent industries, like transportation.
NXP has a free-early release for a full automotive-grade SDK that supports the Power Architecture® MPC5748G MCU focused on gateway solutions. Their SDK includes software stacks & middleware (TCP/IP, Ethernet AVB, USB, and SDHC) and also offers Safety and Security software to comply with Functional Safety requirements.
They are hosting a webinar (Wednesday, September 13th 10:00 am EDT) to show the MPC57 family SDK and explain how development projects can be started right away with graphical-based configurations in their S32 Design Studio IDE.
Register today to learn how to simplify and accelerate application development with an SDK for Power Architecture MCUs!