Build UI designs for embedded devices with latest release

30th January 2020
Alex Lynn

Delivering on the promise to make the development of embedded graphical user interfaces (GUI) easier for customers, Crank Software, an innovator in embedded UI design and development software (Storyboard), has collaborated with NXP Semiconductors to offer quick convenient access to reference example applications. 

The latest release of the NXP MCUXpresso software development kit (SDK) includes Crank Storyboard, providing NXP customers with direct and easy access to UI design development resources for faster time to market.

The NXP MCUXpresso SDK is a comprehensive software enablement package designed to simplify and accelerate application development with NXP’s microcontrollers based on Arm Cortex-M cores. The MCUXpresso SDK brings together open-source drivers, middleware, and reference example applications into a customisable application to help speed the processor board evaluation and software development process.

“Our mission with Storyboard was to make the world of embedded graphics easier,” said Brian Edmond, President of Crank Software. “When NXP approached us about what they were looking to offer their customers, we were confident that Storyboard would be a great addition to their SDK, helping make the process of evaluating their microcontroller products easier for the customer.”

“We are happy to include Crank Software within our MCUXpresso SDK,” said Joe Yu, Vice President and General Manager of low-power MPU and MCUs at NXP. “The expectation for today’s embedded devices has been elevated, with the UI playing an important role. Now our customers have a streamlined approach for evaluating the graphical performance of our crossover MCUs using the included high-quality sample images that were built with Crank’s Storyboard software.”

Storyboard is an industry-leading embedded UI design and development software tool that was built to help accelerate the creation of exceptional UIs for today’s embedded products. With Storyboard's unique parallel workflow, designers can be focused on perfecting the UI design, while developers concentrate on achieving the best hardware performance for the design – all without compromising the other team's progress. 

By decoupling the front-end UI design from the back-end logic, Storyboard makes it easier for project teams to get started earlier on development, while reducing the complexities of developing UIs for embedded devices, such as the handling of iterations in design that naturally occur in all projects.

“We are very excited to be working with an industry leader like NXP. Together we’re able to provide the resources necessary for embedded development teams to rise to the challenge of creating experiences that exceed customer expectations,” said Jason Clarke, Crank Software VP of Sales and Marketing. 

“Today’s customers expect an intuitive touch screen experience; however, delays in development can often compound to a point where the UX gets compromised in their rush to get to market on time. By providing easy access to UI development resources directly within MCUXpresso, we’re able to help NXP customers get a faster sense of the UI potential of their device and ultimately accelerate the creation of embedded UI applications for their customers.”

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