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MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator

Part Number: DV244005

Status: Mature Product

Summary:

MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator System is Microchip’s next generation high speed emulator for Microchip Flash DSC® and MCU devices. It debugs and programs PIC® and dsPIC® Flash microcontrollers with the easy-to-use but powerful graphical user interface of the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), included with each kit.
The MPLAB REAL ICE probe is

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Some 8-, 14- and 18-pin devices use small header boards with a special MCU for debugging. This special MCU has extra pins for MPLAB REAL ICE communication and therefore allows the use of all pins on the part for the application. The header board is not used or needed for programming. However, when debugging these devices the header must be used.

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    - Real-time execution and real time trace collection
    - Stopwatch
    - Run time watch
    - Full hardware debugging: breakpoints, single-step, variable inspect/modify
    - Logic probe inputs/outputs (8)
    - I/O Port trace and SPI trace options for high speed upload of trace data
    - Over voltage/short-circuit monitor protection
    - Low voltage: to 2.0 volts (2.0V to 5.5V range)
    - High speed USB 2.0 communication protocol

    Standard Probe Driver
    The Standard Probe Driver uses a MPLAB ICD 2 type connector (RJ11) to connect to the target application. Designs that are compatible with MPLAB ICD 2 debugging/programming are quickly converted to the use of MPLAB REAL ICE. This driver board is included in the MPLAB REAL ICE Probe Kit (DV244005).

    High Speed Probe Driver/Receiver (AC244002)
    The optional High Speed Probe Driver consists of two circuit boards (transmitter and receiver) with two CAT5 cables. Debug pins are driven using LVDS communications, and additional trace connections allow high speed serial trace uploads to the PC.

Summary

MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator System is Microchip’s next generation high speed emulator for Microchip Flash DSC® and MCU devices. It debugs and programs PIC® and dsPIC® Flash microcontrollers with the easy-to-use but powerful graphical user interface of the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), included with each kit.
The MPLAB REAL ICE probe is connected to the design engineer's PC using a high-speed USB 2.0 interface and is connected to the target with either a connector compatible with the popular MPLAB ICD 2 system (RJ11) or with the new high speed, noise tolerant, low voltage differential signal (LVDS) interconnection (CAT5). For more on accessories, see Emulator and Debugger Accessories.

MPLAB REAL ICE is field upgradeable through future firmware downloads in MPLAB IDE. In upcoming releases of MPLAB IDE, new devices will be supported, and new features added.

MPLAB REAL ICE offers the following advantages:
- Low cost
- Full speed emulation
- Fast debugging and programming
- Ruggedized probe interface
- High speed connectivity (High Speed option)
- Long cable interconnects (validated to 3 meters)
- MPLAB IDE integration (included free)
- Small footprint (3 3/8”x4 5/8”x3/4”)

Standard Probe Driver
The Standard Probe Driver uses a MPLAB ICD 2 type connector (RJ11) to connect to the target application. Designs that are compatible with MPLAB ICD 2 debugging/programming are quickly converted to the use of MPLAB REAL ICE. This driver board is included in the MPLAB REAL ICE Probe Kit (DV244005).

High Speed Probe Driver/Receiver (AC244002)
The optional High Speed Probe Driver consists of two circuit boards (transmitter and receiver) with two CAT5 cables. Debug pins are driven using LVDS communications, and additional trace connections allow high speed serial trace uploads to the PC.

MPLAB REAL ICE logic probes (ACICE0104)

Device Support List
The MPLAB REAL ICE is capable of supporting most flash PIC microcontroller and dsPIC digital signal controllers. Check the release notes with the most current MPLAB IDE to see the full list of devices supported.

Other families and more devices will be added in future releases of MPLAB IDE. 

 

Package Contents

  • MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator unit
  • AC244001 - MPLAB REAL ICE ICSP Driver Board
  • ACICE0104 - MPLAB REAL ICE logic probes
  • AC244003 - MPLAB REAL ICE Loopback Test Board

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