Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Microchip and Digilent unveil PIC32-based Cerebot development boards with chipKIT prototyping capabilities

CHANDLER, USA: Microchip Technology Inc. and Digilent Inc. announced several new 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU)-based Cerebot development boards with prototyping capabilities for the Arduino compatible chipKIT development platform.

The Cerebot MX3cK, Cerebot MX4cK and Cerebot MX7cK (MX3/4/7) boards provide 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.”

Users can later migrate to development tools that are more widely recognized in the industry, such as Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE and MPLAB C Compiler for PIC32 MCUs. The Cerebot MX3/4/7 boards break free from the traditional Arduino form factor, providing flexible pin access and connectivity with Digilent’s line of Pmod™ Peripheral Modules.

Introduced in May 2011, the PIC32 MCU-based chipKIT Uno32 and Max32 boards enable hobbyists and academics to easily and inexpensively add electronics to their projects, even if they don’t have an engineering background. The new Cerebot “cK” development boards include hardware that enables connectivity to the MPIDE, so users can develop with chipKIT via a bootloader application. Microchip’s PICkit 3 debugger/programmer can be used with the Cerebot MX3cK.

The Cerebot MX4cK and MX7cK boards feature an integrated programmer/debugger. These boards are each populated with multiple connectors for Digilent’s numerous Pmod I/O interface boards, which provide ready-made interface circuitry for LCD, wireless, motor-control, sensor and many other applications, minimizing the need for users to create original circuitry.

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