Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB XC, which is a simplified line of C compilers. The MPLAB XC8, XC16 and XC32 compilers offer reduced complexity for 8, 16 and 32-bit designers. They are available in three cost-effective optimization levels — Free, Standard and Pro. The Pro editions can be evaluated for free for 60 days. The MPLAB XC8 and MPLAB XC32 compilers are available now. The MPLAB XC16 compiler will be available in April. The discounted suite of all three compilers will be available in May. Prices for this new XC line have been reduced up to 60%, and the Pro editions is priced at $995.
The MPLAB XC compilers offer excellent execution speed and code size for all ~900 PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). MPLAB XC supports the Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems. MPLAB XC makes it easy to move code from any of Microchip’s existing compilers. In addition, MPLAB XC compilers are also compatible with the legacy MPLAB IDE.
The 8, 16 and 32-bit Free editions of Microchip’s MPLAB XC compilers offer many optimizations, are fully functional and have no license restrictions for commercial use. For designers who want to test their code with the Pro optimization levels, which are approximately 50% better than the Free editions, Microchip also offers evaluation editions with Pro optimization levels that last for 60 days, after which they convert to the Free compilers. Like the Free editions, the evaluation editions are fully functional and have no license restrictions for commercial usage.
Microchip is also offering the ability to purchase both single-user licenses and the full suite of MPLAB XC compilers for all ~900 8, 16 and 32-bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs. In addition, organizations with multiple engineers can purchase a floating network license, where the compiler is hosted on that company’s Intranet for easy access by all of its designers.
Microchip MPLAB XC Compilers Features
- Supports all 8-, 16- and 32- bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs
- Integrates with MPLAB X IDE and all Microchip development tools
- Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- Different optimization levels to suit different needs with free downloads available
More info: Microchip Technology Inc.