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Compare MDK Editions

Learning Platform

MDK Version 5 offers a complete development environment for classic ARM cores, Cortex-M, and Cortex-R4 processor-based devices. Various editions are available to target the specific needs of your development projects.

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MDK Development Environment uVision Pack Installer ARMCC Debugger Device Database CMSIS-CORE CMSIS-DSP CMSIS-RTOS RTX Middleware Network USB Host USB Device File System Graphics
Feature Edition
MDK-Professional MDK-Standard MDK-Cortex-M MDK-Lite
IDE with Editor, Pack Installer


32 KB
ARM® Compiler
C/C++ Compilation Tools
(Compiler, Assembler, Linker, Runtime Libraries)

32 KB
Extended Maintenance and Qualification Kit

CMSIS and Middleware

Middleware Libraries
File System, Graphic, Network, USB Host/Device

ARM® Processor Support
ARM® Cortex®-M  - new: Cortex-M7

ARM7, ARM9, ARM® Cortex®-R4, ARM® SecurCore®

Debug and Trace Support
ULINK Debug Adapters

Streaming Instruction Trace,
Embedded Trace Buffer, Micro Trace Buffer

Advanced Analysis Tools
Code Coverage, Performance Analyzer,
Execution Profiler, Logic Analyzer

Which edition is the right one for you?

The Lite edition is the perfect fit for small projects with limited code size (up to 32 KB). Students and hobbyists can make use of the powerful IDE and compilation tools without the need for a commercial solution. If you want to evaluate MDK, start using the Lite edition and enable all features using the built-in free 7-days MDK-Professional trial license.

The Cortex-M edition removes the code size restrictions for Cortex®-M based processors and provides a professional development and debug solution.

The Standard edition adds support for the classic cores ARM7 and ARM9, SecurCore®, as well as Cortex®-R4 based devices.

MDK-Professional is the all-in-one solution for software projects that require Middleware libraries (File System, Graphic, Network, and USB Host/Device) or are targeted for safety-critical applications.

System Requirements

All editions of MDK share the same system requirements. Verify that your computer at least meets the minimum requirements before you install MDK.

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