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Microchip releases free MPLAB Code Configurator plug-in

28 Jan 2015  | Terri Thorson

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Microchip Technology announced this week the MPLAB Code Configurator Plug-In, a free development tool to support 16bit PIC microcontrollers, in addition to the 8bit devices already supported. This code development tool enables developers to enhance the design experience with faster application development.

The MPLAB Code Configurator is a free user-friendly plug-in tool for the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that leverages drivers and GUI for controlling and driving the peripherals inside PIC MCUs with simple and clearly documented driver APIs. The configurator tool simplifies software development, using an intuitive GUI to configure peripherals, accelerating time to market for customers designing with 8- and 16bit PIC microcontrollers. With the tool, it is easy to change peripheral configurations or add/remove peripherals from the project. Also, the generated code is designed for efficient use of CPU and memory resources.

Code configurator

MPLABCode Configurator is a free user-friendly plug-in for the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment .

The tool offers a visual setup for I/O pin management with both a chip-level and tabular view. Also, the tool will automatically calculate timer periods, duty cycles and baud rates for peripherals once a system-level clock rate is set. With a simple drag-and-drop style interface, this tool generates easy-to-read code that includes peripheral configuration setup, drivers and pin mapping to efficiently solve application development obstacles. Designers can benefit from this easy-to-use code development solution to meet shorter product design schedules and decreasing budgets.

"The MPLAB Code Configurator not only simplifies the development effort but also reduces time to market," said Joe Thomsen, vice president of Microchip's MCU16 Division. "This tool, which now includes support for PIC24 families, provides a simple graphical interface to set up the device peripherals and pins, giving users a head start in their application code development."

The 16bit PIC MCU products in six different families are now supported in this latest release, including the PIC24FJ128GA310, PIC24F16KM204, PIC24FJ128GC010, PIC24FJ128GB204, PIC24FJ64GB004 and PIC24FJ64GA104 families. In addition, the 8bit PIC MCU products are supported in the latest release including the newly added PIC16LF155X, PIC16F161X, PIC16F17XX and PIC18F14K22 families.

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