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Microchip rolls out cloud-based IDE for PIC MCUs

17 Feb 2016

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Microchip Technology Inc. has unveiled a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) for its PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The company said the free MPLAB Xpress cloud–based IDE is the easiest way for users to get started with PIC MCUs, requiring no downloads, sign–in or setup to start designing.

Providing a number of features of Microchip's MPLAB X IDE to connected PCs, laptops and tablets, the MPLAB Xpress also includes: a library of Microchip-validated code examples; interface to MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) 3.0 for GUI–based MCU peripheral set-up and automatic code generation; integrated MPLAB XC compilers; support for programmer/debugger hardware; and 10Gbyte of secure online storage with a myMicrochip account.

Microchip said cloud–based hardware development is supported by connecting any USB–enabled PC, laptop or tablet to tools such as the MPLAB Xpress evaluation board. This board features an integrated programmer, a PIC16F18855 MCU and a mikroBUS header for system expansion with MikroElektronika's more than 180 Click boards, the company added.

The MPLAB Xpress IDE also supports Microchip's Curiosity development board, featuring integrated programmer and debugger as well as expansion options for add–on boards and connectivity. The online IDE can also be used with Microchip's PICkit 3 in–circuit debugger/programmer, which provides programming and debugging capabilities for more than 1,000 PIC MCUs, Microchip said.

MPLAB Xpress can be accessed from Microchip's website. A limited supply of free MPLAB Xpress evaluation boards are available.

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