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MDK Microcontroller Development Kit

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Keil® MDK is the most comprehensive software development solution for Arm®-based microcontrollers and includes all components that you need to create, build, and debug embedded applications.

Product Components

MDK Version 5.20 and above
MDK Core uVision Debugger ARM Compiler 5 ARM Compiler 6 DS-MDK Software Packs Device Family Packs CMSIS Middleware mbed Components

MDK-Core is based on µVision (Windows only) with leading support for Cortex-M devices including the new Armv8-M architecture.

DS-MDK contains the Eclipse-based (Windows and Linux) DS-5 IDE/Debugger and supports 32-bit Arm Cortex-A processors or heterogeneous systems (32-bit Arm Cortex-A and Arm Cortex-M).

MDK includes two Arm C/C++ Compilers with assembler, linker, and highly optimize run-time libraries that are tailored for optimum code size and performance.

Software Packs may be added any time to MDK-Core or DS-MDK making new device support and middleware updates independent from the toolchain. They contain device support, CMSIS libraries, middleware, board support, code templates, and example projects.

The IPv4/IPv6 networking communication stack is extended with Arm mbed™ software components to enable Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

MDK Editions

MDK is available in various editions. Compare Editions >


Product evaluation, small projects, and education. Code size restricted to 32 Kbyte.

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For Arm Cortex-M based microcontroller projects.

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For Cortex-M, ARM7, ARM9. Includes middleware (IPv4 Networking, USB Device, File System, Graphics).

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For Cortex-M, Cortex-A, ARM7, ARM9. Includes middleware (IPv4/IPv6 Networking, USB Host & Device, File System, Graphics, mbed components).

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