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mbed at FOSDEM 2014

In less than three weeks, on the 18th of February, it will be the first "open source birthday" of the mbed SDK.

In preparation to the celebration, we will present mbed at FOSDEM 2014.


If you are planning to attend the event, you can find us at this stand: AW 4 mbed


We officially announced the open sourcing of the mbed SDK in February 2013:

During this year the mbed SDK project has already started getting momentum:

Exciting new developments are ahead of us for the next year!

Processor to Cloud Prototyping

We'll be doing a webinar tonight with Sprint hosted by TMC. If you miss the live event it should be available afterwards in their archive. Register for the event.


BLE Development Update

A little while back you may have noticed we started working on a Bluetooth Low Energy API for mbed, and a partnership with Nordic Semiconductor to make it available on a microcontroller with the Bluetooth LE radio built in. It has been developing really well, so we thought we'd share some of the progress with you!

The main goal is to enable Bluetooth LE and create an API that allows you to focus on creating interesting and innovative applications, instead of reading through the core Bluetooth specifications (which we certainly have had to!). We're also building hardware and an HDK to simplify creating the physical devices themselves.

The initial development we have done is based on a two-chip solution. In the labs we use a mbed LPC1768 talking to the nRF51822 development board over UART running Nordics Bluetooth LE Stack (aka SoftDevice). As the API is almost complete, we'll soon move to fully integrating this to a single chip solution, with mbed running natively on the Cortex-M0 in the nRF51822 chip!

An example of how this looks, you can create a common Bluetooth Low Energy service like the Battery Level service or a Beacon using the example programs:

Import programBLE_BatteryLevel_Example

An example of creating and updating a simple GATT Service using the BLE_API

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There's still a fair amount of design effort involved, but if you're really eager and want to help with development and testing, you can see all the work we are doing under the Bluetooth Low Energy Development Team we've setup, including the hardware we're using and recreate our lab setup. We'd love to hear what you think so far. At this stage while it is all still in development, some familiarity with BLE will be helpful and an understanding that this is not ready for general use, but you should be able to get something working!

And if you are interested in being a tester when this reaches beta on the single-chip hardware, please tell us what you might build!

FRDM-KL46Z Launched at AT&T Developers Summit Hackathon

Come and grab an MBED enabled Multi-Tech / Freescale board and start coding! We’re ready to go at the AT&T Developer Summit 2014 Hackathon


We’re here live in Las Vegas at the Palms Hotel at the Rain Nightclub ready to help developers get started with the first ever AT&T Carrier Certified ARM MBED board from Multitech Systems, powered by the MBED enabled Freescale FRDM-KL46Z Platform.

uIP Socket Modem + FRDM-KL46https://mbed.org/media/thumbs/6e/86/6e86ebc432e057caaa9110a178a0ea8b.jpgFRDM-KL46Z

On top of the donuts, bagels, & coffee - the boxes are unpacked, the libraries are live, and we have even created a getting started page on mbed.org specifically for the Hackathon. We have several hundred devices available with a choice of Wifi and Cellular.

What event isn't complete with a logistics scare that would leave you without hardware? Good news is that everything turned up!


And is looking awesome. That's a lot of hardware!


The event kicks off with a 4 minute lightning talk about why we're here and what we have for developers to use (phone memory only lasted for 3 minutes). Then the idea pitches start followed by 24 hours of developing.


Team presentations will be documented on the getting started wiki so check in often if you're interested in seeing what people are building!

Check Out the New Components

A few months back we ran a promotion giving mbed-enabled platforms and a shield in exchange for a component database entry. We're quite pleased with the results and wanted to share some of them with the community!

Be on the lookout for more MBED enabled FRDM platforms!!

Seeed Sparkfun


Shield RecipientComponent Entry
Boris AdryanSparkfun GPS Shield
GPS Breakout
Ciseco Rf
Chris DicknRF2401A
MMA8451Q Accelerometer
Sophie DexterSeeed Can Bus Shield
Peter AmptSeeed SD Card Shield
Neil ThiessenSeeed 2.8" TFT Touch Sceen
PCA9955 LED Driver
liyou ZHOUSeeed Wifi Shield
Koen KempeneersFreetronics LCD Shield

When starting your next project head over to the Components Database and take a look around. Getting your next project started should be a snap. Here's a brief example

You can also check out the conversations that went on during development. Lots of good tips and tricks to consider when developing with ARM Cortex M Microcontrollers.