Today, Microchip Technology Inc. has launched MPLAB Xpress, a cloud based development environment with the most popular features of the MPLAB X IDE.
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced its MPLAB® Xpress Cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This online development platform is the easiest way to get started with PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs), with zero downloads, sign-in or setup needed to start designing. Microchip’s free, cloud-based IDE brings the most popular features of the award-winning MPLAB X IDE to Internet-connected PCs, laptops or tablets. MPLAB Xpress offers the industry’s most comprehensive feature set, including a library of Microchip-validated code examples, interface to MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) 3.0 for GUI-based MCU peripheral setup and automatic code generation, integrated MPLAB XC compilers, support for programmer/debugger hardware, and 10 GB of secure online storage with a myMicrochip account. Users can easily migrate their projects to the full, downloadable MPLAB X IDE. Additionally, the MPLAB Xpress Community enables developers to share their code, design ideas and knowledge.
MPLAB Xpress can be accessed from anywhere in the world athttp://www.microchip.com/Xpress-021516a.
A free MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board (limited quantities available) can be obtained by filling out the form at http://www.microchip.com/Xpress-021516a, or by visiting Microchip’s Embedded World booth (Hall 1: Booth 1-510). A brief presentation is also available at http://www.microchip.com/Presentation-021516a.
Microchip is launching a new development board called Curiosity for 8-bit PIC lovers. It supports 8-, 14-, 20-pin 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers with low voltage programming capability and has an integrated Programmer/Debugger with USB Interface that is fully compatible with Microchip’s MPLAB X development environment.
Curiosity development board from Microchip
Your next embedded design idea has a new home. Curiosity is a cost-effective, fully integrated 8-bit development platform targeted at first-time users, Makers, and those seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board. Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB X development environment, Curiosity includes an integrated programmer/debugger, and requires no additional hardware to get started.
Curiosity is the perfect platform to harness the power of modern 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers. Its layout and external connections offer unparalleled access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available on many newer 8-bit PIC MCUs. These CIPs enable the user to integrate various system functions onto a single MCU, simplifying the design and keeping system power consumption and BOM cost low.
Also, check out Mike Szczys‘ (over Hackaday) reviews of this new PIC development board here.
Jesus Echavarria’s PICnano is a breadboard-friendly breakout board for the PIC18F2550 microcontroller in an Arduino Nano form factor.
The goal of this new design is try to have an Arduino Nano compatible module but with some new features, such have direct access to the power supply microcontroller. First of all, here you can download the schematic of the board: PICNANO BREADBOARD SCHEMATIC V1.0.
The board is based on the PIC18F2550 microcontroller, here you can download the datasheet.
MikroElektronika, a Belgrade, Serbia-based company is well-known for producing quality software and hardware development tools for a wide range of microcontroller families, including PIC, AVR, and ARM processors. Their mikroC Pro for PIC has always been my favorite PIC compiler, and has been extensively used in my PIC tutorials and projects published on this website, for its ease of use and rich set of built-in library routines. Today, I am reviewing MikroElektronika’s EasyPIC v7, which is the latest PIC development board in their line of EasyPIC series. I would like to thank to Newark USA for providing the EasyPIC v7 board for completing this review.
EasyPIC v7 development board
The 12F series of PIC microcontrollers are handy little 8-pin devices designed for small embedded applications that do not require too many I/O resources, and where small size is advantageous. These applications include a wide range of everyday products such as hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, rice cookers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, and blenders. Despite their small size, the PIC12F series microcontrollers offer many advanced features including wide operating voltage, internal programmable oscillator, 4 channels of 10-bit ADC, on-board EEPROM memory, on-chip voltage reference, multiple communication peripherals (UART, SPI, and I2C), PWM, and more. Today we are introducing a new development board (rapidPIC-08 V1.0) for easy and rapid prototyping of standalone applications using PIC12F microcontrollers.
Rapid PIC12F Series Microcontroller Development Board