Development board supports 16- and 32bit PIC microcontrollers

Provided as a convenient, easy-to-use tool, the Explorer 16/32 development board is available from Microchip for designing 16- and 32bit PIC microcontrollers. It is offered at a lower cost than the company’s Explorer 16 development board, and comes with an integrated programmer/debugger. New features address the latest embedded systems design needs, says the company.

The board allows users to evaluate the 16bit PIC24, dsPIC33 and 32bit PIC32 families through Processor Plug-In-Modules (PIMs) for easy device swapping. According to the company, it facilitates prototyping of the end application for proof of concept before migrating to design. The board features a mikroBUS interface to add new functionalities using Click Boards from MikroElectronika. The board also supports an integrated USB for both power and communication, eliminating the need for an external power adapter and communication accessory.

The board is backwards-compatible with the Explorer 16 Board, for users to continue using existing code, libraries, prototypes, PIMs, and PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via a side PICtail Plus connector. The daughter cards are interfaced via a vertical connector and can be re-used with the additional PICtail Plus expansion board.

The Explorer 16/32 Development Kit (DM240001-3) includes the main Explorer 16/32 development board as well as a PIC24FJ1024GB610 PIM and two USB cables. The PIM features a 16bit PIC24FJ1024GB610 microcontroller with 1Mbyte Flash, a super-set of memory and functions for the lower power PIC24F family. An optional PICtail Plus expansion board (AC240100) is also available to extend the Explorer 16/32 development board with vertical PICtail Plus application daughter cards as well as additional mikroBUS interfaces and a small prototyping area.


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