Microchip Technology announced their Graphics Display Designer X. GDD X is an enhanced visual design tool that provides a quick and easy way of creating Graphical User Interface (GUI) screens for applications using Microchip’s 16-or 32-bit PIC MCUs. Microchip Graphics Display Designer X gives developers the freedom to work in the environment of their choice, such as Windows, Linux or Mac OS operating systems. The GDD X is available now for download.
Microchip Technology and Digilent introduced the chipKIT uC32 open-source development platform and the chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield. The chipKIT uC32 is based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller. The chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield enables designers to implement wireless projects with chipKIT, Uno32 and Max32 boards. The chipKIT uC32 is priced at $34.99 each. The chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield is priced at $49.99 each.
Microchip Technology introduced a free version of their MPLAB XC32++ Compiler. The tool is a completely free C/C++ compiler solution with unlimited code generation. The optimizing C++ compiler includes Dinkumware libraries. The combination is ideal for a broad range of applications, from the industrial to the academic environments.
Microchip Technology introduced the Parallel SuperFlash Kit 1. The development kit features two Parallel Flash PICtail Plus daughter boards, one with a 64 Mbit device (the SST38VF6401) from the Advanced MPF+ family, and one with a 16 Mbit device (the SST39VF1601C) from the MPF+ family. The Parallel SuperFlash Kit 1 (part #AC243006-1 is available now for $30.
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.
Microchip Technology rolled out their Serial SuperFlash Kit 1. The development kit enables engineers to evaluate Microchip’s SPI and SQI serial Flash memory devices. The Serial SuperFlash Kit 1 contains three Serial Flash PICtail Plus Daughter Boards. The Serial Flash PICtail Plus Daughter Board is designed to interface with PICtail Plus connector found on Explorer 16 development board. The SuperFlash Kit 1 is available now for $30.
Microchip Technology and Digilent introduced the Cerebot MX3cK, Cerebot MX4cK and Cerebot MX7cK development boards. The 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller-based boards feature prototyping capabilities for the Arduino compatible chipKIT development platform. The MX3/4/7 boards offer a single, general-purpose development platform for users to develop a wide range of 32-bit MCU applications using the free, Arduino-compatible chipKIT IDE (called the Multi-Platform IDE, or MPIDE). All three boards are available now. The Cerebot MX3cK board is priced at $39, the MX4cK board is $79, and the MX7cK board is $99.
Microchip Technology introduced their Microstick II development tool. The flexible USB-powered tool features an integrated debugger and programmer, user LED, reset button, and DUT socket for easy device swapping. The Microchip Microstick II supports 3.3V 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), and 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) in 28-pin SPDIP packages. The development tool is available now.
Microchip Technology introduced their Low-Cost Controllerless (LCC) Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board. The Microchip LCC Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board enables the development of graphics applications without an external graphics controller. The LCC Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164144) is available now for $89.99.
Microchip Technology introduced the chipKIT open-source development platform. The chipKIT platform is compatible with Arduino hardware and software. The 32-bit-microcontroller-based platform enables hobbyists and academics to easily and inexpensively, integrate electronics into projects, even if they do not have a background in electronics engineering. The platform consists of the chipKIT Uno32 development board (clone of the Arduino Uno board) and the chipKIT Max32 (clone of the Arduino Mega board). chipKIT platform was designed and manufactured by Digilent.