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Curiosity Development Board

Part Number: DM164137

20% Off - Use Coupon Code : CURIOSITY       Expires : 31-Dec-2017
Satisfy Your Curiosity
Your next embedded design idea has a new home. Curiosity is a cost-effective, fully integrated 8-bit development platform targeted at first-time users, Makers, and those seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board. Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of Microchip's MPLAB X development environment, Curiosity includes an integrated programmer/debugger, and requires no additional hardware to get started.

Your Tool for Function Enablement
Curiosity is the perfect platform to harness the power of modern 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers. Its layout and external connections offer unparalleled access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available on many newer 8-bit PIC MCUs. These CIPs enable the user to integrate various system functions onto a single MCU, simplifying the design and keeping system power consumption and BOM cost low.

Internet of Things Ready
Have an IoT design idea? Curiosity can make it real. Out of the box, the development board offers several options for user interface - including physical switches, an mTouch™ capacitive button, and an on-board potentiometer. A full complement of accessory boards is available via the MikroElectronika Mikrobus™ interface footprint.
In addition, Bluetooth Low Energy communication can easily be added using an available Microchip RN4020 module.


Summary
The Explorer 8 Development Kit is a full-featured development board and platform for 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers. This kit is a versatile development solution, featuring several options for external sensors, off-board communication and human interface. Additionally, it offers ample room for expansion, making it an excellent solution for developers and engineers looking for a tool with the largest number of supported 8-bit PIC MCUs.

Enterprise-Class 8-bit Development
The Explorer 8 Development Kit is the latest offering in a long line of enterprise-class tools for 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. The board is an evolution of the popular PIC18 Explorer Board, and has been updated to take advantage of our most modern features including:
  • On-chip Core Independent Peripherals
  • Compatibility with all PIC MCUs
  • 8-, 14-, 20-, 28-, 40/44-, 64- and 80-pin footprints
With the Explorer 8 Development Kit, you can have a single development platform that allows you to update a legacy design while supporting our newest MCU offerings.

All-in-One Solution
Microchip designed the Explorer 8 Development Kit to be your main tool for 8-bit development with support for a wide variety of functions. On-board components enable easy development of human interface, power conversion, Internet of Things (IoT), battery charging and other applications using a powerful 8-bit PIC microcontroller. Additionally, the Explorer 8 Development Kit also has a large capacity for expansion. Two Digilent Pmod™ interfaces, two MikroElectronika Click™ board sockets and two custom expansion headers allow you to quickly adapt as your development needs change. The Explorer 8 Development Kit supports several program and debug solutions including the PICkit™ 3, ICD 3 and MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator.

Made for MPLAB® Code Configurator
The Explorer 8 Development Kit seamlessly integrates with MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) for a modern embedded development experience. MCC is a free software plug-in that bridges our MCUs, development hardware and MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It allows you to generate easily modifiable, production-ready application code for many 8-bit PIC MCUs in just a few mouse clicks. Find out more at www.microchip.com/MCC

Please visit our Explorer 8 Design Center for more information.
Summary
The PICDEM™ Lab II Development Board is a development and teaching platform for use with 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs). At its center, a large prototyping breadboard enables users to easily "experiment" with different values and configurations of analog components for system optimization. Several external connectors allow for user-customizable expansion, while our library of labs and application notes enrich the development experience. The PICDEM Lab II Development Board is also fully compatible with our latest software development environment.

Embedded Development Powerhouse
The original PICDEM Lab Development Board has remained one of the most popular development tools for PIC MCUs since its introduction. Microchip has taken this concept and expanded it for 21st century embedded development. The PICDEM Lab II Development Board supports any 8-bit PIC microcontroller (6-, 8-, 14-, 18-, 20-, 28- and 40-pin footprints), and provides an expansive array of connections for programming, I/O, analog and communications interfaces. The PICDEM Lab II Development Board will be a valuable resource to engineers across a broad spectrum of specialties, from analog designers looking to explore the power and flexibility of MCU-based systems to engineering professors seeking a flexible and relevant teaching tool that they can add to their curricula.

Hardware Flexibility Enables Experimentation
In keeping with the original, the PICDEM Lab II Development Board was designed to give you a simple development experience without the hassle of and expense of building a custom PCB in the early stages of your project. You can design a system with one or several PIC MCUs, since power and programming connections are replicated across all of the available sockets. Off- chip connections can be made in any manner, and the expansive breadboard provides a convenient area to add analog signal conditioning and drive components to a design. Three separate power supplies give the capability to provide fixed or variable voltage to a system. With several industry-standard interfaces in addition to a system of configurable conntectors, the off-board expansion possibilities are abundant.


Please visit our PICDEM Lab II Design Center for more information
The LCD Explorer Development Board supports Microchip’s 100-pin Microcontrollers with x8 common Segment LCD Drivers. The LCD Explorer provides an ideal platform for a customer to evaluate a MCU with a x8 Common LCD Driver on a 38 segment x 8 common LCD display. PICtail Plus connections allow a customer to evaluate the selected MCU in a complex system by adding Microchip’s PICtail Plus daughter boards.


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.
Showcasing PIC24F “GC” Family with High Resolution Analog, LCD, and USB

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The MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent.Integrated.Analog is a comprehensive development kit featuring the PIC24F “GC” family of 16-bit microcontrollers. This family features advanced integrated analog which reduces BOM cost, lowers noise, and has faster throughput.

The board features an analog header, allowing clean analog signals to be accessed, preserving signal integrity. To complement the header, the board also features on-board sensors such as light sensor, potentiometer, microphone, temperature, and capacitive touch.

The custom LCD display features a 296 dot-matrix array for text display, and 17 special icons. The text display area features scrolling information displays for several of the included demos. Controlling the display are three mTouch™ navigation touch pads.

Additional features include USB Host and Device support, RF expandability, audio output via headphone jack, and on-board debugger/programmer.

Bluetooth® has emerged as a standard of choice for connecting local embedded applications through a smartphone or tablet. Many applications only need simple command and control, or a quick status update from a sensor. By catering to these needs, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has evolved to support these low-duty cycle applications with lower power consumption. Microchip’s eXtreme Low Power PIC® Microcontrollers and RN4020 Bluetooth low energy module help in achieving low power consumption. The PIC24FJ128GB204 or PIC24FJ256GB410 devices used in this demo have an integrated hardware Crypto engine. This demonstration shows the simple communication between the RN4020 module and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) supporting smartphone or tablet. The RN4020 module is controlled by the PIC24FJ128GB204 or PIC24FJ256GB410 MCU which include a hardware crypto engine used for AES encryption in the demonstration. The demo is built using standard development tools from Microchip including the Explorer 16 Board, PIC24FJ128GB204 or PIC24FJ256GB410 Processor Plug-In Module (PIM), and Bluetooth LE PICtail Plus Daughter Card. These readily available tools can be used to easily replicate this demo on your own. The demo is supported by MCU firmware and an app that will run on an Android phone or tablet.  The first application is turning the LEDs on and off using the touch buttons on the tablet.  The app can also show the state of the switches on the board, toggling on and off.  The demo also includes data security using the crypto engine integrated on the PIC24FJ128GB204 or PIC24FJ256GB410 MCU, with up to 128-bit AES.   This demo shows a PIC24 XLP MCU working with Bluetooth LE talking to an Android tablet to show basic command and control similar to what would be used for a simple IoT sensor node. This demo can also be built using the PIC24FJ256GB410 Processor Plug-In Module in place of the PIC24FJ128GB204 Processor Plug-in Module. 

For questions related to this board please contact http://www.microchip.com/support

PIC24FJ256GA7 Curiosity Development Board

Part Number: DM240016

20% Off - Use Coupon Code : CURIOSITY       Expires : 31-Dec-2017
The PIC24FJ256GA7 Curiosity Development Board is a cost-effective, fully integrated 16-bit development platform targeted at first-time users, makers, and those seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board. Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB® X IDE and MPLAB Xpress Cloud-based IDE, the board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware, making it a perfect starting point to explore the latest low-cost and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) 16-bit PIC24FJ256GA705 family of Microcontrollers.

The PIC24FJ256GA7 Curiosity Board enables easy and faster adoption of low-cost XLP 16-bit PIC24FJ256GA705 family of microcontrollers. PIC24FJ256GA705 microcontroller featuring up to 256KB of ECC flash and 16KB of RAM, is ideally suited for low power general purpose applications. The layout and external connections of PIC24FJ256GA7 Curiosity board offer unparalleled access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) such as CLC, MCCP and DMA. These CIPs enable the user to integrate various system functions onto a single MCU, simplifying the design and keeping system power consumption and BOM cost low.

Crafted for Cloud-Based Development
The PIC24FJ256GA7 Curiosity Development Board offers seamless integration with the Microchip software tool chain, including the MPLAB Xpress Cloud-based IDE, XC16 compiler and MPLAB Code Configurator for easy set-up and prototyping.

Internet of Things (IoT) Ready
Have an IoT design in mind? The PIC24FJ256GA7 Curiosity Board can help turn your IoT design idea into reality. The board can enable applications with low power, low pin count and small footprint requirements as in IoT sensor nodes. Out of the box, the board offers several options for user interface—including switches, RGB LED, User LEDs and analog potentiometer. In addition, wireless connectivity can easily be added using 2 mikroBUS™ interfaces and wireless connectivity click boards™. A full complement of accessory boards is available via the MikroElectronika mikroBUS™ interfaces.

Visit our Curiosity Design Center for more information on the Curiosity platform.
The environmental changes of today are no exception. Professional weather stations are rightfully used, but cannot be placed in every corner of the world. What if it was possible to make a low cost weather station, which almost everyone could afford? What if we together could help out with a piece of the puzzle, trying to solve problems ahead?

We have created a portable weather station that will measure and display weather parameters such as 
    •  Temperature 
    •  Humidity 
    •  Environment Air Quality 
    •  Light Brightness
and can be used in office environment and outdoor as well. The design uses Microchip eXtreme Low Power MCU PIC24FJ128GC010 which drives the measurement for all of the sensors. The sensor values undergo signal conditioning using microcontrollers integrated Op-Amps and analog to digital converters making the sensor reading suitable for digital processing. To allow user to control the board and select different operating modes capacitive buttons are implemented using CTMU peripheral. A segmented LCD display and USB are both output for the board. The board is powered by two AA batteries and also a coin cell connected to Vbat pin of the microcontroller for maintaining real time clock information even if the main battery is removed.
 
Besides displaying weather data on board, we can do meaningful use of data by sending data to cloud using computers. This demo also includes connectivity to computers using USB communications device class (or USB CDC), providing an interface for transmitting and receiving to other USB based systems. The demo is supported by Schematic, User guide and MCU firmware.

This level of integration is available on Microchip’s PIC24F ‘GC’ family, we call it intelligent analog and it improves system throughput, reduces noise, and reduces system cost by integrating several analog blocks. We also integrated user interface peripherals like USB, LCD to create a product that is perfect for portable medical and industrial sensors applications.

For questions related to this board please contact http://www.microchip.com/support