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MCU/MPU Development Tools

Journey through the various stages of embedded design with our easy-to-use portfolio of hardware and software development tools. You can discover, configure, develop, debug, qualify and go to market quickly using our development tools for PIC®, AVR® and SAM microcontrollers (MCUs), SAM microprocessors (MPUs) and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). We have integrated our entire line of embedded software development tools with our embedded hardware development tools so you can harness the full capabilities of the MPLAB® development ecosystem to get a best-in-class experience. Our line of third-party tools rounds out our comprehensive development tool offering.

What Are Development Tools?

Development and debugging tools help you evaluate the best silicon device (MCUs, MPUs and DSCs) for your embedded application. Our MPLAB and Atmel Studio development ecosystems provide a variety of embedded design tools that support multiple devices and architectures. MPLAB development tools are compatible with Windows®, Linux® and macOS® operating systems while Atmel Studio tools are compatible with the Windows operating system. Use the chart below to help you find the right tools for your next design.

 AVR® MCUPIC® MCUdsPIC® DSCSAM MCUxEC* MCU
MPU$
        
IDEsMPLAB X IDEFREE
MPLAB Xpress   
Atmel Studio    
         
CompilersMPLAB XC**FREE
AVR GCC     
ARM GCC    
         
ConfiguratorsMPLAB Code Configurator   FREE
MPLAB Harmony ***  
Atmel Start    
         
Programmers/
Debuggers
MPLAB REAL ICE    
$
MPLAB ICD 4  
MPLAB PICkit 4 
MPLAB Snap 
Atmel-ICE    
J-32 Debug Probe ***  
Power Debugger    
         
      
ProductionMPLAB IPE  FREE
IPE
MPLAB PM3****    
         

* xEC is the CEC/MEC families of devices
** PRO Compiler license available, including subscriptions
*** 32-bit MCUs and MPUs only
**** The MPLAB PM3 also supports Microchip's memory devices

In-Circuit Emulator and Debugger Features

Microchip offers a wide variety of debugger solutions to fit any performance requirements and budget.

In-Circuit Emulators and Debuggers

Development Boards and Kits

Microchip has over 2,000 development boards and kits spanning hundreds of applications. Reference designs and sample projects are available to help you get started at lightening speed.