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PICtail Plus Daughter Cards

The BM-71-PICtail/PICtail Plus Board is designed to emulate the function of Microchip's BM71 BLE module. It also enables the customer to evaluate and demonstrate the capabilities of the BM71 BLE module. The board includes an integrated configuration and programming interface for plug-and-play capability. It also provides an integrated test environment for all functions supported in the BM71 BLE module. The development kit includes the BM71BLES1FC2 module and the BM71BLES1FC2 carrier board.
The CAN/LIN PICtail™ (Plus) Daughter Board (AC164130-2) can be used with either the Explorer 16 Board or the PIC18 Explorer Board. This daughter board is used to facilitate rapid implementation and evaluation of applications that use Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) interfaces. The PICtail Plus interface is used for connection to Explorer 16 Development Board for 16-bit and 32-bit MCUs. The PICtail interface is used for connection to the PIC18 Explorer for PIC18 8-bit microcontrollers.

An older version of this board that only supports connection to the Explorer 16 Development Board is still available. The ECAN/LIN PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board (AC164130) can only be used with the Explorer 16 Development Board for PIC24 16-bit microcontrollers and dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers.
The EERAM I²C PICtail™ Kit demonstrates the features and abilities of the 47C04 and 47L16 I²C EERAM devices in standard development platforms. By designing this daughter board with the PICtail Plus and mikroBUS™ connectors, it will operate with the Explorer 8 Development Board, the Explorer 16/32 Development Board, and many other tools. Package contents includes an Info Sheet and two EERAM I²C PICtail Plus Daughter Boards: (a) 47C04 (4 Kbit, 5V EERAM) and (b) 47L16 (16 Kbit, 3.3V EERAM).
E-paper EPD PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board is an extension board to the Microchip® Explorer 16 Development Board. EPD PICtail Plus Daughter Board is designed to kick-start e-paper development with Microchip Graphic Library and PIC Microcontrollers including PIC24, dsPIC33 and PIC32 families.

There is on board 40 pins FPC connector connects to our E Ink based EPD panels. The driving circuit supports driving 1.44 inch, 2 inch and 2.7 inch EPD panels via SPI interface. All three sizes of EPD ship with the EPD PICtail Plus Daughter Board. The sample Microchip MPLAB® X IDE project provides source driving waveform including global update and partial update with command interface to update content on EPD panel for developer to start working with EPD application easily.

NOTE: This PICtail Plus Board is not sold by Microchip. It is sold by Pervasive Displays.
Please visit the Pervasive Displays website for purchasing information.
The Ethernet PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board provides a cost-effective method of evaluating and developing Ethernet control applications. The board is designed for flexibility and can be plugged into Microchip’s Explorer 16 (DM240001) development boards. The development board is populated with Microchip’s 28-Pin ENC28J60 Ethernet controller which interfaces to the RJ-45 female connector. When used in conjunction with the Microchip TCP/IP stack (free download below) the Ethernet PICtail Plus daughter board allows a developer to connect any Microchip 16-bit product to the Ethernet.
The Fast 100Mbps Ethernet PICtailTM Plus Daughter Board provides a cost-effective method of evaluating and developing Ethernet applications with Microchip’s Standalone Ethernet Controllers. The board is designed for development flexibility, and has a form factor for use with 8/16/32 bit development boards. The development board is populated with Microchip’s 64-Pin ENC624J600 Ethernet controller which interfaces to the RJ-45 Ethernet connector with integrated magnetic. When used in conjunction with the Microchip TCP/IP stack (free download below) the Fast 100Mbps Ethernet PICtailTM Plus daughter board allows a developer to connect any Microchip MCU product to the Internet.
The Graphics Display Powertip 4.3” 480x272 Board is a demonstration board for evaluating Microchip’s graphic display solution and graphics library for 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers. It is an expansion board compatible with the PIC24FJ256DA210 Development Board (DM240312), and Graphics LCD Controller PICtail™ Plus SSD1926 Board (AC164127-5).
The Graphics LCD Controller PICtail™ Plus SSD1926 Board is a demonstration board for evaluating Microchip Technology’s graphic display solution and graphics library for 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers. It is an expansion board compatible with the Explorer 16 development board (DM240001) or one of the PIC32 Starter Boards (DM320001, DM320003). The controller board has a connection for the display boards, such as the Graphics Display Truly 3.2 240x320 Board (AC164127-4).


The Graphics Controller PICtail™ Plus Epson S1D13517 Board allows evaluating Microchip Technology’s solution and graphics library for 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers. The Epson S1D13517 offers hardware acceleration for alpha-blending, transparency, animation, multiple buffering, and picture in picture. The kit is compatible with the Explorer 16 development board (DM240001) or one of the PIC32 Starter Boards (DM320001, DM320003).
The IrDA PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board is designed to operate in conjunction with Microchip’s Explorer 16 or other development boards with a PICtail Plus connector and AN1071 IrDA Standard Stack for Microchip 16-bit and PIC32 devices to create an IrDA-enabled development and evaluation platform. The IrDA Stack is written to operate with the IrDA-enabled UARTs on the 16-bit PIC24 MCUs, PIC32 MCUs and dsPIC33 DSCs.
The Low-Cost Controllerless (LCC) Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board enables development of graphics solutions without an external graphics controller, thus reducing system BOM cost for many applications. The board is designed to attach to a PIC32 starter kit (DM320001, DM320003-2, DM320004) or an Explorer16 development board (DM240001) and one of Microchip LCD Modules including the Truly 3.2” QVGA board and the 4.3” WQVGA Powertip display panel

Microchip’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) PICtail Daughter Board (part # AC320011) based upon u-blox GPS and GSM/GPRS modules makes it easy to create low-cost M2M applications with location-awareness capabilities. The daughter board can be interfaced with Microchip’s Multimedia Expansion Board and a PIC32 starter kit to provide developers with a turn-key platform to get started with apps such as texting, email and GPS.

The daughter board is priced at $199

The MCP2515 PICtail Plus Daughter Board is a simple Controller Area Network (CAN) board designed to be used with boards containing the PICtail Plus connector. The board also has the PICkit™ Serial connector for interfacing to the PICkit Serial Analyzer tool. The CAN node consists of the MCP2515 Stand-Alone CAN controller and MCP2551 CAN transceiver. The PICkit Plus and PICkit Serial connectors allow the board to be interfaced to a variety of PICmicros so that the user can develop a CAN node. The board also contains headers or test points for most of the MCP2515 pins to allow the external functions to be monitored/evaluated.

The MCP42XX PICtail Plus Daughter Board is used to demonstrate the operation of the MCP42XX Digital Potentiometers. The operation of the MCP41XX devices is similar to the MCP42XX devices. Therefore, this demo board can be used as a development platform for either device family.

This board is designed to be used in conjunction with either the PIC24 Explorer 16 Demo Board or the PICkit™ Serial Analyzer.
This daughter board demonstrates the MCP4725 (12 bit DAC with non-volatile memory) features using the Explorer 16 Development Board and the PICkitTM Serial Analyzer.

The MCP47X6 PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board allows customers to evaluate the capabilities of the MCP4726, MCP4716, and MCP4706 devices. This board can be controlled by the MCU of the Explorer 16 Development Board (P/N: DV164033) or by a PICkit™ Serial Analyzer. The board also provides easy access via test points to desired signals to monitor device operation. A buzzer is supplied that is connected to the output of the MCP4726, which allows generation of an audible sound. The buzzer has a volume control.

Devices Supported: MCP4726, MCP4716, and MCP4706
The MCP6031 Photodiode PICtail™ Plus Demo Board demonstrates how to use a transimpedance amplifier, which consists of MCP6031 high precision op amp and external resistors, to convert photo-current to voltage.
The MCP7941X RTCC PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board demonstrates the features and abilities of the MCP7941X and MCP7940X I²C™ Real-Time Clock/Calendar family in standard development platforms. By designing this daughter board with the PICtail Plus, PICtail and PICkit™ serial connectors, it will operate with the Explorer 16 Development Board, the PICDEM PIC18 Explorer Board, the XLP 16-bit Development Board and the PICkit Serial Analyzer tool. A 3V, 2032-size coin cell battery (not included) can be installed in the coin cell holder for backup power. Package contents includes the RTCC PICtail Plus Daughter Board and an Info Sheet.
The MCP795XX PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board demonstrates the features and abilities of the MCP795XX SPI Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) family in standard development platforms. This daughter board will support the full featured 14-pin MCP795W2X and MCP795W1X devices. By designing this daughter board with both PICtail and PICtail Plus connectors, it will operate with the Explorer 16 Development Board and the PICDEM PIC18 Explorer Board. Also included is a 3V coin cell battery for backup power to the RTCC.
The MM7150 Motion Module PICtail™/PICtail Plus Evaluation Board allows customers to easily develop motion applications using Microchip's 16- and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers.  The MM7150-PICtail combines motion sensors (accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope) with a motion coprocessor with integrated sensor fusion.  The MM7150-PICtail allows engineers to speed designs to market and reduce the risk of launching motion based embedded and internet-of-things (IOT) applications.

Related Products:
SSC7150 Motion Coprocessor Product Page
MM7150 Motion Module Product Page
The MRF24J40MA PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board is a demonstration and development daughter board for the MRF24J40MA IEEE 802.15.4, 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver module.

The daughter board plugs into multiple Microchip Technology demonstration and development boards.  For example, for 8-bit microcontroller development using the PIC18 Explorer Board (DM183032) or for 16-bit microcontroller development using the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001).  Supporting software stacks and application notes may be downloaded from the Microchip website at www.microchip.com/wireless.


The MRF24J40MD PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board is a demonstration and development daughter board for the MRF24J40MD IEEE 802.15.4, 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver module.

The daughter board can plug into multiple Microchip Technology demonstration and development boards.  For example, for 8-bit microcontroller development using the PIC18 Explorer Board (DM183032) or for 16-bit microcontroller development using the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001).  Supporting software stacks and application notes may be downloaded from the Microchip website at www.microchip.com/wireless.
The MRF24J40ME PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board is a demonstration and development daughter board for the MRF24J40ME 2.4 GHz IEEE Std. 802.15.4 RF Transceiver Module with PA/LNA and External Antenna Connector

The daughter board can be plugged into multiple Microchip Technology demonstration and development boards. For example, the daughter board is appropriate for 8-bit microcontroller development using the PIC18 Explorer Board (DM183032) or for 16-bit and 32-bit microcontroller development using the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001)
The Wi-Fi G PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board is a demonstration board for evaluating Wi-Fi connectivity using PIC microcontrollers and the MRF24WG0MA module.  This product is compatible with the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001), PICDEM.net2 Development Board (DM163024) and PIC32 Starter Kit (DM320001) with I/O Expansion Board (DM320002).

The TCP/IP stack and demo applications can be downloaded from www.microchip.com/harmony
The MRF89XAM8A PICtail/PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board is a demonstration and development daughter board for the MRF89XAM8A, an ETSI certified 868 MHz radio transceiver module.

The module is surface mounted to a PICtail/PICtail Plus daughter board that plugs into multiple Microchip demonstration and development boards like the PICDEM PIC18 Explorer Board (DM183032) for 8-bit microcontroller development, or the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001) for 16-bit microcontroller development.

Targeted for the MiWi™ Development Environment and other proprietary wireless protocol applications, the MRF89XAM8A is a perfect solution for low-cost, low-power, complete embedded wireless applications.  Supporting software stacks and application notes may be downloaded from www.microchip.com/wireless.
The MRF89XAM9A PICtail/PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board is a demonstration and development daughter board for the MRF89XAM9A, an FCC certified 915 MHz radio transceiver module.

The module is surface mounted to a PICtail/PICtail Plus daughter board that plugs into multiple Microchip demonstration and development boards like the PICDEM PIC18 Explorer Board (DM183032) for 8-bit microcontroller development, or the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001) for 16-bit or 32-bit microcontroller development.

Targeted for the MiWi™ Development Environment and other proprietary wireless protocol applications, the MRF89XAM9A is a perfect solution for low-cost, low-power, complete embedded wireless applications.  Supporting software stacks and application notes may be downloaded from www.microchip.com/wireless.
The Parallel Flash PICtailTM Plus Daughter Board is an evaluation board designed to interface with PICtailTM Plus connector found on the Explorer 16 Development Board. The Parallel SuperFlash® Kit 1 contains two Parallel Flash PICtailTM Plus Daughter Boards.
The PIC32 VGA Camera Sensor (VCS) PICTail™ Plus (AC164150) is a demonstration board for evaluating Microchip Technology’s basic surveillance and vision solutions using 32-bit microcontrollers. It can capture & process 8-bit gray scale or color images with up to 640x480 resolution. It interfaces to the I/O expansion board (DM320002) with PIC32 starter kits (DM320004 or DM320003-2), Graphics Controller PICTail™ Plus Epson S1D13517 Board (AC164127-7) and Graphics Display Truly 5.7” 640x480 Board (AC164127-8).
The PICtailTM Daughter Board For SD™ and MMC cards is a demonstration board for evaluating reading and writing data on SD or MMC cards. It is an expansion board compatible with a number of development tools for 8/16/32bit MCU’s and DSC’s. PICDEM™ demonstration boards. A complete list of compatible PICDEM™ borad is available on Microchip’s website. Microchip Technology’s firmware(AN1003) is only implemented on PICDEM™ FS USB.

Getting Started
To get started, a compatible MCU development board is required. In general, a board is compatible if it has a PICtail™ or PICtail™ Plus interface expansion port. Most PICDEM demonstration board do not have the female header installed, so if using a PICDEM board, a 14x2 female connector is included with this kit for the user to install onto the development board if necessary. When connecting to the two boards together, pay close attention to the orientation of the connector and pin alignment.

Board Configurations
A total of 7 jumper locations are available. As shipped from the factory, some of the jumper locations are bridged by circuit traces forming a default setup. To change this, the user will need to cut the traces and install pins and a block jumper. Afterward, the features can be enabled or disabled easily by installing or removing the jumper.
PICtail™ Plus Expansion Board is an accessory that enables interfacing of vertical PICtail™ Plus Daughter Cards to Explorer 16/32 development board. The expansion board supporting vertical PICtail™ Plus connectors helps in attaching various Daughter Cards for additional functionality. The expansion board supports the New Explorer 16/32 board as well as the Classic Explorer 16 board.

The expansion board also features a Prototyping area and two MikroElektronika mikroBUS™ interfaces. mikroBUS™ interface facilitates the addition of Click™ boards to various application prototypes using the classic Explorer 16 and Explorer 16/32 development board.
The Prototype PICtail Plus Daughter Board allows a designer to breadboard their solution easily for evaluation on an Explorer 16 Evaluation Board using PIC24 MCU or dsPIC33 DSC. AC164126 contains three blank Prototype PICtail Plus Daughter Boards.
The RN-131-PICtail™/ PICtail Plus Daughter Board allows customers to easily develop Wi-Fi applications using Microchip’s 8, 16 and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers.  Includes a fully integrated TCP/IP stack allowing for a simple serial to Wi-Fi connection to the microcontroller.

Also see RN-171-PICtail
The RN4020 PICtail / PICtail Plus Board is a Bluetooth® Low Energy demonstration board that showcases the Microchip RN4020 module, a fully-certified Bluetooth Version 4.1 low energy module for designers who want to easily add low power wireless capability to their products.  This flexible development board includes the RN4020 paired with an eXtreme Low Power PIC18F25K50 microcontroller. 

This convenient development board includes a USB to UART interface for plug-and-play capability.  The high-speed UART interface and the General Purpose Input Output (GPIO) ports are available on the RN4020 module to configure, control and transfer data.  The RN-4020-PICtail also includes PICtail and PICtail Plus interfaces for connecting to Microchip development boards.  The on-board PIC18 microcontroller can be custom programmed via the available PICkit serial programmer / debugger interface.  The board also includes on-board connection and data status LEDs enabling rapid prototyping and fast time to market.     
The Serial EEPROM PIM PICtail™ Modules are a series of boards designed around Microchip Serial EEPROM devices. The boards are designed to interface with the PICtail Plus connector as well as the MPLAB® Starter Kit for Serial Memory Products and the PICkit™ 2, allowing you to get started right out of the box.

Serial SuperFlash® Kit 1

Part Number: AC243005-1

Mature Product
The Serial SuperFlash® Kit 1 allows evaluation of SST Serial Flash Devices which are made using the SST SuperFlash® technology. 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 Smart Card/SIM Card (SC) PICtail™ Daughter Board is an expansion board used for evaluating, reading and writing data on Smart Cards and SIM card.

This daughter board requires an Explorer-16 Development Board, or PIC18 Explorer board to complete the board configuration.
The Speech Playback PICtail Plus Daughter Board is for evaluation and development of speech recording and playback applications using Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation (ADPCM). The daughter board is designed to interface with both the PICtail interface used on many PIC16 and PIC18 evaluation boards and the PICtail Plus card edge connector used on PIC24 and dsPIC evaluation boards. Reference AN643 for information on implementing an ADPCM solution.

SQI SuperFlash Kit

Part Number: AC243005-2

Mature Product
The SQI SuperFlash® Kit 1 allows evaluation of SQI Serial Flash Devices which are made using SuperFlash® technology. The SQI™ SuperFlash® Kit contains three Serial Flash PICtail™ Plus Daughter Boards. The kit is designed to interface with PICtail Plus connector found on Explorer 16 development board.
The TC77 Thermal Sensor PICtail Demo Board demonstrates how to interface the TC77 Thermal Sensor device to a microcontroller. This board can connect directly to the PICkit 1 Flash Starter Kit, providing a platform for code development and evaluation. The system designer will be able to use this design as an example of how to integrate a digital temperature sensor in their system.
The USB PICtail. Plus Daughter Board is a USB demonstration board for evaluating Microchip Technology’s 16 and 32-bit USB product lines using the Explorer 16 development board.