Philips LPC2138 (ARM7) RTOS Port
For the Rowley CrossFire LPC2138
This page demonstrates the FreeRTOS Rowley CrossWorks (GCC) LPC2000 port running on a CrossFire LPC2138 embedded evaluation kit
(instructions are provided should you wish to use an alternative development board).
The CrossFire LPC2138 is a low cost evaluation platform that includes a USB CrossConnect JTAG debugging interface on board. The evaluation version
of the CrossWorks embedded development tools can be used to develop software for the CrossFire board with no compiled code size
or time restrictions.
IMPORTANT! Notes on using the LPC2138 RTOS port
Please read all the following points before using this RTOS port.
See also the FAQ My application does not run, what could be wrong?
- Source Code Organisation
- The Demo Application
- Configuration and Usage Details
Source Code Organization
The FreeRTOS download contains the source code for all the FreeRTOS ports and demonstrations and therefore contains many more files than required by this demo.
See the Source Code Organization section for a description of the
downloaded files and information on creating a new project.
The Rowley CrossWorks / GCC demo project file for the Philips LPC2138 ARM7 microcontroller is called RTOSDemo.hzp and is located in the
The Demo Application
Four build configurations are provided as shown in the image below.
Selecting the build configuration within the CrossWorks IDE
RTOS Demo application hardware setup
Connect the CrossFire board to your development host using the supplied USB cable. You will be prompted to install
the CrossConnect drivers if you have not previously done so.
The demo application utilises the LED and button that are built onto the CrossFire board, so no additional hardware setup is required.
Building and executing the RTOS demo application
The RTOS demo application can be built and download in a single step by selecting "Build and Debug" from the "Build" menu, or simply hitting F5. The project
should build with no errors or warnings.
Building and downloading the demo application
The demo application includes the following tasks:
When executing correctly:
- A set of the standard demo tasks
Including the polled queue, blocking queue, semaphore, math and dynamic priority tasks. See
the RTOS demo pages for further information.
- A print task
Messages can be written from the CrossFire board for display within the CrossStudio terminal IO window. To ensure exclusive access to this facility only one
task - the print task - is permitted to write to the terminal. Other tasks wanting
to display a message do not do so directly, but instead send the message to the print task. The print task will block when no messages are waiting
to be displayed.
- A check task
The check task executes periodically. It monitors the standard demo tasks, writing 'PASS' to the terminal IO (via the print task) should all the tasks be
executing without error, and 'FAIL' should an error have been detected at any time.
- A button handler task
The button handler task is unblocked in response to interrupts generated by the button marked 'BUT' on the CrossFire board. Each execution of the button
handler task causes a table of task status information to be displayed within the terminal IO window. The button handler task is included to demonstrate
switching task context from within an interrupt service routine.
- An LED task
This simply flashes the CrossFire LED every second.
- The LED will flash every second.
- 'PASS' will be printed to the terminal IO every 5 seconds.
- Task status information will be printed to the terminal IO each time 'BUT' is pushed.
Task State Priority Stack #
Button R 3 99 21
PolSEM2 R 0 97 4
SUSP_RX R 0 93 11
CNT_INC R 0 102 7
QProdB2 R 0 94 13
QProdB3 R 0 94 14
QConsB6 R 0 94 17
QProdB5 R 0 94 16
IDLE R 0 104 22
IntMath R 0 102 0
Print R 0 93 20
PolSEM1 R 0 97 3
C_CTRL B 0 98 9
SUSP_TX B 0 102 10
QProdNB B 2 99 2
LED B 2 102 18
BlkSEM1 B 1 90 5
BlkSEM2 B 1 96 6
QConsB1 B 2 99 12
QConsB4 B 2 99 15
Check B 3 99 19
QConsNB B 2 99 1
LIM_INC S 1 103 8
This demo uses the standard FreeRTOS LPC2000 GCC port files. Please read the configuration and
usage section on the LPC2106 demo documentation page for more information.
Note: The RTOS scheduler does not install a default interrupt handler (to handle spurious interrupts). The application should ensure an appropriate handler is installed.
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