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PICtail Daughter Cards

The Serial SuperFlash® Kit 2 allows evaluation of Microchip's Serial Flash Devices which are made using the SST SuperFlash® technology. The Serial SuperFlash Kit 2 contains three Serial Flash Daughter Boards. The Serial Flash Daughter Board is an evaluation board designed to interface with the mikroBUS™ connector on the Explorer 16/32 Development Board (DM240001-2). It can also interface with the PICtail™ Plus connector located on the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001).
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).
This board supports the capacitive humidity sensor application note AN1016. It measures the capacitance of a relative humidity sensor plugged into the board. The on-board microcontroller sends the measured and calculated relative humidity (RH) to a PC for display.

The board can also measure small capacitors in different ranges of values using a dual slope integration method. The board can be modified, if desired, to achieve better measurement resolution.

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™ Demo Board implements a simple CAN bus using two nodes. One node uses the MCP2515 Stand Alone CAN controller and the other node uses the MCP25020 CAN I/O Expander. Each node utilizes one input (push button) and one output (LED).

The boards demonstrate a simple, inexpensive implementation of a CAN bus. The MCP2515 node transmits its input (push button) information at regular intervals and request input (push button) information from the MCP25020 at regular intervals. An LED on each node reflects the state of the other node's push button.

The MCP3221 PICtail™ Demonstration Board is designed to demonstrate Microchip’s MCP3221 device. The demonstration uses DataView™ Windows® software for a graphical real time data analysis from the board through USB. This demo board can also be used for firmware development to the MCP3221 device using the PICkit™ 1 Flash Starter Kit.

The MCP39F501 Power Monitor PICtail™ Evaluation Board duals as a fully functional single-phase power monitor and development platform. This low-cost design does not use any transformers and requires few external components. The device calculates active power, reactive power, RMS current, RMS voltage, power factor, line frequency and other typical power quantities as defined in the MCP39F501 data sheet. The MCP39F501 Power Monitor Utility software is used to calibrate and monitor the system and can be used to create custom calibration setups. For some accuracy requirements only a single point calibration may be needed.
Use the MCP6S22 PGA PICtail™ Demo Board to evaluate and demonstrate Microchip Technology’s MCP6S21/2/6/8 Programmable and MCP6S91/2/3 Gain Amplifier (PGA) families.

Interface this board with Microchip’s PICkit™ 1 Flash Starter Kit to demonstrate firmware integration between the PIC MCU and PGA devices, while allowing you to modify and develop firmware for your specific requirements

The MCP6S22 PGA PICtail™ Demo Board can also be used in stand-alone mode, wherein the board uses a:

  • USB interface to communicate directly to a Personal Computer (PC)
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) to display the PGA output voltage

The MCP6SX2 PGA Photodiode PICtail™ Demo Board features a PNZ334 photodiode, MCP6001U op amp, and MCP6S22 and MCP6S92 Programmable Gain Amplifiers (PGA).

The op amp converts the photodiode’s output current to voltage (transimpedance amplifier). Its output goes to one of the PGA’s inputs. The other PGA input is available for any other desired source. This opens the possibilities of processing other sensor signals, and of increasing the number of PIC® microcontroller I/O pin available for other purposes.

This board works with the PICkit™ 1 Flash Starter Kit (see DS40051) and the Signal Analysis PICtail™ Daughter Board (see DS51476). With these additional tools, a complete solution is achieved: PC software interface, PICmicro® microcontroller, firmware programmability, 10-bit ADC (on the microcontroller), and firmware (with re-locatable assembler code) for the microcontroller.

The MCP6SX2 PGA Thermistor PICtail Demo Board features the MCP6S22 and MCP6S92 Programmable Gain Amplifiers (PGA). These devices help:

  • Overcome the non-linear response of the on-board NTC thermistor
  • Provide multiplexing between two inputs; the other input can be any desired source. This opens the possibilities of temperature correcting another sensor, and of increasing the number of PIC® microcontroller I/O pins available for other purposes.

Two on-board variable resistors allow users to experiment with different designs on the bench. DIP switches on the board select certain resistors (in a binary weighted sequence) to add together, thereby emulating the series resistor in the voltage divider and the thermistor’s change in resistance over temperature.


A complete solution is achieved by interfacing this board to the PICkit™ 1 Flash Starter Kit (see DS40051) and the Signal Analysis PICtail™ Daughter Board (see DS51476). The solution provides:

  • PC software interface
  • PICmicro microcontroller
  • Firmware programmability
  • 10-bit ADC (on the microcontroller)
  • Firmware (with re-locatable assembler code) for the microcontroller.
The MCP9700 Temperature-to-Voltage Converter PICtail™ Demo Board demonstrates how to interface the MCP9700 to a microcontroller. This can be used by the system designer as an example of how to integrate an analog temperature sensor into systems.

Mixed Signal PICtail™ Demo Board

Part Number: MXSIGDM

Mature Product
The Mixed Signal PICtail™ Evaluation Board enables quick and accurate evaluation of the performance of several Microchip DACs, ADCs, LDOs, Vrefs and Operational Amplifiers. The board interfaces to the PICkit™ 1 Flash Starter Kit or can utilize the on-board PIC16F767 for “stand-alone” operation. The user can take advantage of the existing PIC® microcontroller library of software routines or develop their own routines. The PIC® microcontroller can select which DAC to configure, which ADC channel to read, and utilize a dual op-amp for various buffer implementations.

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.

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.
The Ethernet PICtail™ 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 a wide selection of demonstration boards, including the PIC18 Explorer (DM183032). The development board is populated with the 28-pin ENC28J60 Ethernet controller which interfaces to the RJ-45 female connector. With a standard 28-pin PICtail pin out, the board is easily interfaced to Microchip’s 8-bit demonstration 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 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.
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 AC164151 is a PICtail™ and PICtail Plus development board that demonstrates the features of the 23LCV1024 1 Mbit Serial SRAM with battery backup on standard development platforms. 
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.

WIZnet W5200 Ethernet PICtail Board

Part Number: TWIZ5200

No Longer Available
WIZnet’s W5200 Ethernet PICtail™ (Plus) board provides 10/100Mbps, half/full duplex Ethernet connectivity by onboard WIZnet W5200 Ethernet controller, which has a hardwired TCP/IP processing engine.

The board has both PICtail™ headers and PICtail™ Plus side-edge connectors designed to be plugged into the Explorer 16 (DM240001), PIC32 I/O Expansion Board (DM320002), PICDEM.net 2 (DM163024), PIC18 Explorer (DM183032), and other supported development boards.

The board has fast SPI interface, 2K EEPROM with EUI-48™ Node Identity (MAC address) and RJ-45 connector. It also provides Auto-negotiation, Auto-MDI/MDIX, Power-Down Mode and Wake-on-LAN functionalities.

WIZnet’s W5200 Ethernet PICtail™ (Plus) board supports both Microchip’s software TCP/IP Stack and WIZnet’s hardwired TCP/IP Stack simultaneously on PIC18, PIC24, dsPIC and PIC32 platforms. The Hardwired TCP/IP Stack especially fits well for Simple Internet connectivity for PICs with small program memory size like PIC16.

For more information and downloads visit the WIZnet page.