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Microchip unveils 8bit PIC MCU dev't platform

15 Sep 2015

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Curiosity is a cost-effective, fully integrated 8bit development platform targeted at first-time users, makers and anyone seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board. It supports 8bit PIC MCUs in 8-, 14- or 20-pin PDIP packages, and the board's layout and external connections offer full access to each MCU's Core-Independent Peripherals. External connectors include a mikroBUS header that supports more than 100 of MikroElektronika's Click add-on boards, as well as a PCB footprint that enables users to easily add Microchip's RN4020 Bluetooth LE module for communication.

PICDEM Lab II is a development and teaching tool that gives users a large prototyping breadboard that enables them to easily experiment with different values and configurations of external analog signal conditioning and drive components for system optimization. This flexibility eliminates the hassle and expense of building a custom PCB in the early stages of a project. The board is also modular, allowing users to design a system with one or several PIC MCUs, simultaneously. Off-chip connections can be made in any manner the user sees fit, and the off-board expansion possibilities include several industry-standard interfaces in addition to a system of configurable connectors. Connections include two MikroElektronika Click board sockets, a 16-pin LCD module connector, and a 20-pin custom header for custom add-on boards. Microchip provides several labs to assist users in getting started quickly, ranging from simple MCU configuration to power conversion and Class D audio.

Explorer 8 enables a broad range of 8bit MCU functions, including human-interface, power-conversion, IoT, battery-charging and many other applications. It also has the greatest capacity for expansion in Microchip's 8bit board lineup, with two Digilent Pmod interfaces, two MikroElectronika Click board sockets, and two expansion headers for custom add-on boards that designers can create as their development needs change. Explorer 8 also supports Microchip's standard PICkit 3, MPLAB ICD 3 and MPLAB REAL ICE programmer/debuggers.

The free MPLAB Code Configurator Version 3.0 is available as a Beta download. The Curiosity Development Board (part DM164137) is available for $20. The Explorer 8 Development Kit (part DM160228) is available for $75. The PICDEM Lab II Development Board (part DM163046) is available for $100.

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