Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB X IDE for the development of embedded applications using their PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers. With MPLAB X IDE, engineers can manage multiple projects and tools with simultaneous debugging, an advanced editor, visual call graphs and code completion. The open-source integrated development environment supports Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems. MPLAB X IDE beta is available now for free download.
Microchip Technology’s annual Worldwide MASTERs Conference will take August 24-27, 2011 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Pre-Conference events will take place August 22-23, 2011. The MASTERs Conference features 95 lecture sessions and 44 hands-on classes. The topics of the classes include connectivity sessions on TCP/IP, USB, CAN and wireless; graphical-display and touch-sensing interface development; intelligent power supplies; firmware development; motor control; selecting op-amps for sensor applications; using an RTOS; creating a bootloader; and streaming audio for embedded designs.
Digi-Key and Microchip Technology will host a free virtual event on Tuesday, November 2, from 7 am to 3 pm PST. The Virtual Embedded Designers Forum is a live, one-day online event for software and hardware engineers looking to monitor, measure, control, display, convert or use energy more efficiently using the latest technologies and products to help design Smart Energy products. The Virtual Embedded Designer’s Forum (EDF) features twelve presentations (including keynote presentations from Energizer and Google PowerMeter), interactive chats, and a virtual exhibit hall where attendees will gain access to a comprehensive collection of educational materials and resources.
Microchip Technology unveiled a reference design for a fully digitally controlled Grid-Connected Solar Micro Inverter. The reference design connects to any standard solar panel and converts the panel’s DC output into AC power, which can then be fed into the public power grid. In a real-world application, multiple units can be connected together to achieve the desired power output. The free reference design includes complete documentation, software, schematics and application note.
Microchip Technology will hold their second annual Embedded Designers’ Forum (EDF) starting on October 19, 2010. The Embedded Designers’ Forum is a series of training events where hardware and software engineers can learn about technologies. Microchip will conduct over 100 live events worldwide. Attendees will receive discounts on a broad range of Microchip Development Tools. Attendees will also receive a coupon to attend one class of their choice at any of Microchip’s worldwide Regional Training Centers. A Virtual EDF will be available on demand. The Virtual EDF will include keynote addresses from Google PowerMeter and Energizer.
Microchip Technology introduced the Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H development board, which is a low-cost solution for designing with Microchip’s 16-bit PIC24H microcontrollers and dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). Microstick features an integrated USB programmer/debugger that shortens learning curves. Microstick can be used stand-alone or plugged into a prototyping board. The Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H (part # DM330013) is available now for $24.99 each. Educators are eligible for a 25% discount.
Microchip Technology and Cymbet teamed to create the customizable XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit. The energy harvesting kit includes a modular development board with the PIC24F16KA102 microcontroller. The included Cymbet EnerChip EH Eval-08 Energy Harvesting Board harvests solar energy that is then stored in the EnerChip solid-state, rechargeable energy-storage devices. PICtail daughter boards can be added for the rapid evaluation of a wide variety of system functions, including ZigBee and proprietary wireless connectivity, and SD memory cards. The XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Kit (part # DV164133) is available today for $195.
Microchip Technology is offering a $150 early-bird discount to their Worldwide MASTERs Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. MASTERs will take August 25 – 28 (Pre-Conference on August 23-24). Design engineers must register by May 14th to get the early-bird discount. The MASTERs Conference provides embedded systems engineers with a forum for sharing and exchanging technical information on Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, analog and interface solutions, 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, wireless and mTouch sensing solutions, memory products, and MPLAB development systems.
Microchip Technology introduced three development kits for the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip’s PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications, such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and a multitude of new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Microchip Technology and Google teamed on a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter API for embedded developers. Embedded designers can use the reference implementation to create products for the measurement and monitoring of energy usage with Microchip’s 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, energy-measurement ICs, Ethernet controllers, and radios for ZigBee and embedded Wi-Fi wireless networking.