Rapid prototyping boards for 32-bit applications include peripherals, easy-to-use interface and expansion options
Two new low-cost rapid prototyping boards for 32-bit applications are now available from Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. The PIC32MX and PIC32MZ Curiosity Boards include an integrated programmer debugger and are fully incorporated into Microchip’s MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE).
The boards are designed for developing 32-bit applications and feature a wide range of peripherals as well as user interface and expansion options including two mikroBUS™ click interface headers to support over 180 MikroElectronika Click Boards™. Both boards offer a rich feature set at an affordable price and are designed to be connected and used right out-of-the box. Customers can run example projects without writing any code.
PIC32MZ EF Development Board features a 200 MHz PIC32 microcontroller (MCU) with an integrated Wi-Fi® module and is ideal for designing Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity applications. PIC32MX470 Development Board features a 120 MHz MCU and has been designed for audio, Bluetooth® and other related generic applications. In addition, both the boards have USB connectors that can be used to develop USB Host or device applications.
The boards are fully integrated into Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE as well as the award winning software development framework MPLAB® Harmony. MPLAB Harmony is a flexible, modular, abstracted and fully integrated firmware development platform for PIC32 MCUs. It gives users access to a wide variety of peripheral libraries, RTOS capabilities, middleware, drivers and system services. In addition, it features over 200 pre-tested application project codes that can be used to jump start application development.
“The PIC32 Curiosity Boards have been carefully designed with the right feature set, affordable price and expansion options to provide a good balance between ease of use and rapid application development,” said Rich Hoefle, director of marketing for Microchip’s MCU32 division. “Customers can download and run an example project in minutes without downloading MPLAB Harmony or writing a single line of code. Then by using MPLAB Harmony and expansion options, customers can use the same board and ecosystem to prototype an application that can go to market. It’s this array of options that makes these two boards so powerful.”
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