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15W Wireless Power Demonstration Board

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Part Number: 15W_Wireless_Power

The 15W Wireless Power Transmitter board, based on the dsPIC® Microcontroller, is compatible with Qi medium power receivers. The development board enables a system efficiency of about 80% at full load and includes status LEDs and LEDs for power level indication.

Microchip’s dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) offer a strong feature set for wireless power/charging applications in multiple market segments. The devices include a powerful CPU core, multiple PWM generators and advanced analog modules, allowing the customization of solutions. The multiple PWMs allow the control of the full bridge inverter and a front end Buck-Boost converter (required for fixed frequency topologies). In applications where the final solution requires the implementation of a proprietary protocol in addition to the standard, the dsPIC® DSC is ideal because of its computation capability. The CAN/LIN feature in the dsPIC® DSC makes it a good fit for automotive in-car wireless charging. The software structure can be setup efficiently for wireless charging such that basic kernel functions are packaged in library form and add-on/customized functions (such as foreign object detection, CAN, I2C etc.) are provided as API interfaces.

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200W Wireless Power Reference Design

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Part Number: 200W_Wireless_Power

The 200W  Wireless Power reference design implements a proprietary protocol developed from several years of R&D and granted U.S patents in the field of wireless power. The 200W solution is ideal for applications such as Power Tools, Vacuum Robots, Industrial Slip Rings, Small Electric Vehicles and Drones.

The Transmitter can be powered from an 8- 24V D.C input and the receiver can regulate it's output voltage within this range. The system operates at 90% efficiency at 100W power and a Z-distance of 5-10mm.



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This 24-Volt 3-phase Brushless DC (BLDC) permanent magnet Hurst NT Dynamo motor comes with Hall-Effect sensors for 6-step commutation. It can also be controlled with a sensorless Back EMF (BEMF) or Field Oriented Control (FOC) algorithm. This Hurst motor is perfect for applications in office automation, instrumentation and medical equipment such as high-speed copiers and printers, ATM machines, medical analyzers, mail processing and sorters and general-purpose equipment. This motor has been extensively tested with the dsPICDEM™ MCLV-2 Development Board (DM330021-2), the Low Voltage Motor Control Development Bundle (DV330100) and with the PICDEM MC LV Development Board (DM183021).
This 24-Volt 3-phase Brushless DC (BLDC) permanent magnet Hurst NT Dynamo motor comes with Hall-Effect sensors for 6-step commutation and also has a 250-line incremental encoder for position control applications. It can also be controlled with a sensorless Back EMF (BEMF) or Field Oriented Control (FOC) algorithm. This Hurst motor is perfect for applications in office automation, instrumentation and medical equipment such as high-speed copiers and printers, ATM machines, medical analyzers, mail processing and sorters and general-purpose equipment. This motor has been extensively tested with the dsPICDEM™ MCLV-2 Development Board (DM330021-2), the Low Voltage Motor Control Development Bundle (DV330100) and with the PICDEM MC LV Development Board (DM183021).
This compact 80nm frame, 3-phase, 110/220 VAC, 4-Pole Induction Motor (ZD Motor 4IK25A-S) is rated for 25 Watts at continuous duty.  At 1,300 RPM it draws 250mA and produces 0.19 Nm of torque.  This motor has been certified for use with all dsPIC33E/F ACIM motor control application notes using the dsPICDEM MCHV-2 and MCHV-3 Development Systems (DM330023-2, DM330023-3).   Orders for this motor are Non-Returnable/Cancelable).
This Leadshine model 42HS03 stepper motor can be used with the PICDEM MCSM development board (DM330022 and DM330022-1). Featuring 8 leads, it can be configured for unipolar or bipolar operation and has a step angle of 1.8°.
The Leadshine (EL5-M0400-1-24) 400W 220VAC Brushless AC Servo Motor is designed for high-torque industrial applications. A 2,500-line incremental encoder is attached for servo positioning. The rated speed is 3,000 RPM and the peak speed is 4,000 RPM. The rated torque is 1.27 Nm and the peak torque is 3.82Nm. It responds quickly and moves quietly and smoothly with high precision for control systems. Cables are included. This motor has been tested with Microchip's high-voltage dsPIC motor control application notes and motorBench(R) Development Suite using MCHV-2 (DM330023-2) and MCHV-3 (DM330023-3).

Air Conditioner Reference Design

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Part Number: aircon-board

Air conditioner (A/C) designs need to meet stringent energy efficiency ratings and power factor specifications to reduce overall power consumption. High energy efficiency is achieved by using an inverter-based variable speed drive for the brushless motor-based compressor and condenser fans. The variable speed drive and the sensorless field-oriented control (FOC) of brushless motors allow an appliance to operate at an optimal power setting compared to a fixed speed single phase AC induction motor (ACIM) drive. Power factor correction (PFC) is required for all high-power appliances to connect to the electrical grid.

Microchip’s Air Conditioner reference design, based on the dual core dsPIC33CH family of digital signal controllers, demonstrates efficient control of the condenser fan, compressor, PFC and the overall application logic implementation. The high-performance dsPIC33C DSCs (Dual core dsPIC33CH DSCs and Single core dsPIC33CK DSCs) offer the right set of peripherals that is ideal for dual motor control and enables replacing three controllers with one for a cost advantage in your design.

This reference design has proven power stages for high power PFC (220V, 1.8 KW), condenser fan (120 W) and compressor (1.34 KW) motor control. Additional features like temperature sensor interfaces, field communications and valve drives will enable you to develop on this platform for a wide variety of air conditioner systems like window A/Cs and the outdoor unit of split A/Cs.

Read more about the cost advantage of our air conditioner reference design.

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Benefits

  • Single chip solution to optimize cost 
  • Simplifies the development by enabling independent code development for the PFC and Dual motor control using the dual core dsPIC33CH DSCs 
    • Slave core implements dedicated time-critical dual motor control algorithms  
    • Master core implements Interleaved Boost PFC, system functions and other custom features 
  • 3-phase motor control power stage for driving Low Power High Voltage BLDC/ PMSM motors

ASCALAB AC 10-1 70VA Isolation Transformer

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: THW1025

The ASC-70 compact isolation transformer is our first generation of small desktop transformers with a power rating of 70 VA max. It offers safety isolated short circuit proof AC voltage, current and power ratings for a multitude of applications for daily use in laboratories, schools or workshops. The model supports US and EU input voltage range by providing 12 VAC and 24 VAC unregulated voltage at the output.

Can be used along with Low Voltage PFC Development Board to provide and isolated short circuit proof voltage (12VAC / 24VAC)

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The Digital Compensator Design Tool (DCDT) helps power supply designers by simplifying the overall process of determining the digital compensator coefficients and analyzing the control system performance. The DCDT incorporates all feedback gains and delays to provide the most accurate model of the control system. Along with analyzing the closed loop performance via Bode Plots, the user can verify stability by using the DCDT’s root locus and Nyquist plots. Once the desired performance is obtained the DCDT will automatically calculate the compensator coefficients and scaling parameters and generate software files to be used with the free SMPS Control Software Libraries.

The DCDT is topology independent which allows the most sophisticated converters to be analyzed. With a topology independent architecture, the tool requires a mathematical expression of the plant transfer function. This can be entered as a polynomial equation or in pole/zero form (up to 5th order systems). The tool also supports a data import option where the plant transfer function is a table of phase/gain vs. frequency data points that can be generated from a simulation environment or even from a network analyzer.
 
The DCDT currently allows users to develop voltage mode control and peak current mode control applications with support for average current mode control to be available shortly. Depending on the control scheme, different compensators may be required. The DCDT supports many different compensator types such as the digital 3-pole/ 3-zero (3P3Z), digital 2P2Z, digital PID, and analog type II/III. The analog type II/III compensators allow analog designers to input their existing analog compensator designs into the tool either by passive R/C components or by entering pole/zero frequency points. The tool will then generate the equivalent digital compensator streamlining the transition from analog to digital compensator design.

All MPLAB® X IDE. plug-ins, including this Digital Compensator Design Tool, are free, available and ready to install once the MPLAB® X IDE has been installed. Just follow the simple steps in the getting started tab to see all the available plug-ins and to install the DCDT.

The Digital Power Development Board is a demonstration board that provides the user a flexible measurement platform for all compatible Microchip dsPIC33’s Digital Power Plug-In Modules (DP PIMs).

DP PIM modules can be inserted into the mating socket in the middle of the Digital Power Development Board. All pins of the DP PIM are accessible via test loops or pin headers. The on-board Micro USB connector provides a DC power input to all circuitry. In addition, a mikroBUS™ socket is provided to extend functionality.

Digital Power Interleaved PFC Reference Design

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Part Number: Digital-Power-Interleaved-PFC

High performance power supplies are used in a wide variety of applications ranging from telecommunication equipment, industrial equipment, digital televisions, lighting, air conditioners and other home appliances. They all need solutions for power factor correction to improve overall efficiency, improve the input power factor, voltage regulation and Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of the input current. Digital interleaved power factor correction methods provide many benefits over older PFC techniques including:

-Lower Cost for High Power Applications
-Smaller PFC Inductor and Magnetic volume
-Higher Power Density
-Lower Ripple
-Easy implementation of sophisticated control algorithms
-Flexible software modifications to meet specific customer needs
-Simpler integration with other applications

This reference design provides an easy method to evaluate the power, and features of SMPS dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers for an Interleaved Power Factor Correction application. The Interleaved PFC reference design unit works with universal input voltage range, and produces a single high voltage DC output up to 350W of power. The reference design has six main blocks:

-Input EMI filter and rectifier
-Dual Phase Interleaved PFC Circuit with feedback
-Plug in module connector with a dsPIC33FJ16GS504
-User’s interface circuit with programming connector and push buttons
-12V and 3.3V power supply circuit, and
-Fault detection circuit for hardware protection

The dual phase interleaved PFC software implements three compensators for voltage, current and load balancing. It also has a feed-forward compensator based on input average voltage.

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dsPIC SMPS AC-DC Reference Design

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Part Number: SMPS-AC-DC

This reference design provides an easy method to evaluate the power, and features of SMPS dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers for high wattage AC - DC conversion application. Discover the many benefits of digital power control implementation in this reference design. The SMPS AC - DC Reference Design unit works with universal input voltage range, and produces multiple DC outputs. The design is based on a modular structure, which features three major power stages; the input stage, intermediate stage and the third stage, a Point of Load. The input stage is a PFC Boost Converter, the intermediate stage is a Phase-Shifted Zero Voltage Transition (ZVT) Converter, which includes ZVT Full Bridge Converter and Synchronous Rectification, and the third stage is Single-phase and Multi-phase Buck Converters. This reference design uses two dsPIC33F16GS504 devices; one used for the PFC Boost Converter and ZVT Full Bridge Converter, while the other dsPIC® DSC is used for Single-phase and Multi-phase Buck Converters.

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Refrigerator compressors are now driven by brushless DC motors or permanent magnet synchronous motor to meet high energy efficiency ratings. You must use an inverter-based variable speed drive for the brushless motor to achieve this high energy efficiency. The variable speed drive allows you to operate the compressor at an optimal speed in order to maintain a constant temperature setting as compared to a fixed-speed single-phase AC induction motor (ACIM) drive. Field-Oriented Control (FOC) of brushless motors enables you to implement the variable speed drive and add advanced motor control features like on-the-fly startup and stall detection with auto-recovery.

This refrigerator compressor reference design will help you to rapidly prototype and develop a cost-effective and innovative design using a dsPIC33EP64MC202 Digital Signal Controller. Other Microchip components utilized in the design include  a MCP16331 DC/DC converter and a MIC5239 LDO voltage regulator. The design works with a wide variety of refrigerator compressor motors, supporting both Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (IPMSM) and Surface Mount Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (SPMSM).This reference design implements sensorless control and single-shunt current sensing technique to save BOM cost. This design also addresses the challenges of reliable startup of the compressor with high pressure and low standby power consumption.

Microchip provides Class-B Safety Software libraries for the dsPIC33 to reduce your development time for appliances requiring functional safety.

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dsPIC33C Digital Power Starter Kit introduces and demonstrate the capabilities and features of Microchip's SMPS families of devices. It features on-board dsPIC33CK256MP505 DSC, SMPS power stages, loads, LCD display, USB/UART bridge and programmer/debugger, which eliminates the need for any additional hardware.

dsPIC33CH Curiosity Development Board

Part Number: DM330028

Mature Product

Kindly consider dsPIC33CH Curiosity Development Board (DM330028-2) for your latest designs, evaluation and prototyping.

The dsPIC33CH Curiosity Development Board (DM330028) is intended as a cost effective development and demonstration platform for the dsPIC33CH128MP508 family of dual core high performance digital signal controllers.

Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB® X IDE, the board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware, making it a perfect starting point to explore the dsPIC33CH dual core family.

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The dsPIC33CH Curiosity Development Board (DM330028-2) is intended as a cost effective development and demonstration platform for the entire dsPIC33CH family of dual core high performance digital signal controllers.

Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB® X IDE, the board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware, making it a perfect starting point to explore the dsPIC33CH dual core family.

Visit our Curiosity Design Center for more information on the Curiosity platform.

The dsPIC33CK Curiosity Development Board (DM330030) is a cost-effective development and demonstration platform for the dsPIC33CK family of single-core high performance digital signal controllers.
Designed to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB® X IDE, the board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware, making it a perfect starting point to explore the dsPIC33CK family.
Visit our Curiosity Design Center for more information on the Curiosity platform.

The dsPIC33CK Low Voltage Motor Control (LVMC) Development Board is a cost-effective rapid development platform for Brushless DC (BLDC), Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) and Internal Permanent Magnet (IPM) motor control applications.  The LVMC development board is ideal to explore and prototype motor control applications that operate from 12 to 48 Volts and up to 10 Amps of continuous current. The board can also support higher current, up to 20 Amps with an optional fan or heatsink.  The board supports application development for sensored six-step trapezoidal or sinusoidal control with hall sensors, sensorless BEMF measuring phase voltages, or Field Oriented Control (FOC) with single, dual or triple-shunt resistor current sensing circuits.  This flexibly in architecture allows you to evaluate various design techniques that suit your application requirements, balancing the cost and performance.

The LVMC board features the high-performance, single core dsPIC33CK256MP506 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) with 256KB Flash, 8-pairs of advanced motor control PWMs, three integrated 3.5 Msps ADCs for implementing math intensive motor control algorithms like sensorless FOC, Initial Position Detection (IPD), Field Weakening (FW), etc.  The LVMC board comes with two mikroBUS™ headers to expand the board features to meet your application needs.  It features a high-speed USB to UART interface for debug purpose and to monitor key parameters in your control algorithm using a graphical PC tool like X2C Scope or RTDM.

Benefits

  • Low-cost development board to prototype low-voltage motor control designs
  • A complete design serving as a reference to implement your motor control solution using the dsPIC33CK DSC and MIC4605 MOSFET gate drivers in a small form factor
  • Flexible development board to explore various BLDC/PMSM/IPM commutation techniques:
  • Supports trapezoidal 6-step control or FOC of BLDC/PMSM/IPM motors
  • Multiple feedback methods to support both sensored and sensorless operation:  phase voltage feedback, Hall sensors, optical/magnetic encoders using the QEI, and operation using single, dual or triple low-side current sensing circuits
  • Signal conditioning circuit using either the on-chip op amps of the dsPIC33CK DSC, or the external op amps located on the LVMC board
  • PICKit-on-Board (PKoBv4) built into the board creates a standalone development tool, eliminating the need for an external programmer or debugger
This Plug-in Module (PIM) features a 48-pin dsPIC33CK64MP105 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and can be used for evaluation of the dsPIC33CK64MC10x and dsPIC33CK32MC10x devices. It is designed to use the external op amps located on the MCLV-2 [DM330021-2] , MCHV-2 [DM330023-2] and MCHV-3 [DM330023-3] development boards, and the Low Voltage Motor Control Development Bundle [DV330100]. This PIM can also be used with the MCSM Development Board [DM330022-1].
This Plug-in Module (PIM) features a 48-pin dsPIC33CK64MP105 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and can be used for evaluation of the dsPIC33CK64MC10x and dsPIC33CK32MC10x devices with the Explorer 16/32 Development Board [DM240001-2].
This Plug-in Module (PIM) features a 48-pin dsPIC33CK64MP105 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and can be used for evaluation of the dsPIC33CK64MC10x and dsPIC33CK32MC10x devices. It is designed to use the internal op amps located on-chip for use with the MCLV-2 [DM330021-2 , MCHV-2 [DM330023-2] and MCHV-3 [DM330023-3] development boards, and the Low Voltage Motor Control Development Bundle [DV330100].

The dsPIC33E USB Starter Kit provides a low cost method for the development and testing of USB OTG, Host and Device applications on the 60 MIPS dsPIC33E DSC family. The board contains an on-board programming/debugger, standard A USB and micro A/B connectors, three user-programmable LEDs, three push button switches and an expansion header compatible with the I/O Expansion Board (DM320002). The starter kit comes preloaded with basic Communication Device Class (CDC) demonstration software.

Programming, Running and Debugging Applications

Use the following procedure for programming/debugging your application programs (the dsPIC33E Start Kit CDC USB Device Demo software available from the link below is mentioned here as an example):

- Using MPLAB IDE, open the project C:\dsPIC33E PIC24E USB Starter Kit Demo\Firmware\ USB Device - CDC - Basic Demo - dsPIC33E USB Starter Kit.mcp. (This assumes that the demo was installed in the default location)
- Connect the starter kit to your PC using the provided USB mini-B to full-sized A cable. Note that the jumper in J5 should not be installed.
- Choose “Starter Kit On Board” as the debugger tool in MPLAB IDE by selecting Debugger > Select Tool> Starter Kit On Board.
- Choose the debug build configuration by selecting Project > Build Configuration > Debug.
- Build the project by selecting Project > Build All.
- Download the code into the starter kit by selecting Debugger > Program.
- Run the downloaded application software by selecting Debugger > Run. At this time LED2 on the starter kit should turn on.

This demo allows the Starter Kit to appear as a serial (COM) port to the host. The instructions for this demo can be found at C:\dsPIC33E PIC24E USB Starter Kit Demo\Documentation\Getting Started\Getting Started - Running the Device - CDC - Basic Demo. See the Running the Demo section.

The dsPIC33EDV64MC205 Motor Control Development Board is designed to demonstrate the features of the dsPIC33EDV64MC205 System in Package (SiP). This dsPIC® DSC is a 16-bit Digital Signal Controller featuring high-speed PWM, op amps, advanced analog integrated with a 3-phase MOSFET gate driver.  This board is targeted to drive a low-voltage three-phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor or Brushless DC motor (PMSM/BLDC motor).  The board comes programmed to run dual-shunt FOC with PLL estimator using the Hurst BLDC motor as the out of the box demo.  
The dsPIC33EP128GS808 Development Board consists of a 80-pin microcontroller for operating on a standalone basis or interfacing with CAN/LIN/J2602 PICtail™ (Plus) Daughter Board. In the standalone mode, the board can be used for verifying the peripheral functionality. The board contains single order RC filters to emulate power supply functionality in open or closed loop mode along with ADC and PWM peripherals. The power supply transient behavior can also be simulated on the board. While interfacing with the PICtail™ (Plus) Daughter Board, the board can be used for dual channel CAN or LIN communication, without using the Explorer 16 board.
The dsPIC33EV 5V CAN-LIN starter Kit features the dsPIC33EV256GM106 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) for automotive and motor control applications. The Starter Kit contains serial data ports for CAN, LIN and SENT, a self-contained USB programming/debug interface, and an expansion footprint for flexibility in application hardware development. This board allows users to explore three popular automotive and industrial serial data formats (CAN, LIN and SENT). The PICkit On-Board (PKOB) USB programmer and debugger allows simple programming without the need for an additional hardware interface. No other external tools are required to program the device.
The Microchip dsPICDEM™ MCSM Development Board is targeted to control both unipolar and bipolar stepper motors in open-loop or closed-loop (current control) mode. The hardware is designed in such a way that no hardware changes are necessary for 8-, 6- or 4-wire stepper motors in either bipolar or unipolar configurations. Software to run motors in open-loop or closed-loop with full or variable micro-stepping is provided. A GUI for controlling step commands, motor parameter input, and operation modes is included. This flexible and cost-effective board can be configured in different ways for use with Microchip’s specialized dsPIC33F Motor Control Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board offers a mounting option to connect either a 28-pin SOIC device or a generic 100-pin Plug-In Module (PIM). A dsPIC33FJ32MC204 DSC PIM (MA330017) is included.  An updated version of this board, DM330022-1, is available which includes a dsPIC33CK64MP105 PIM.

The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board supports terminal voltages up to 80V and currents up to 3A. The dsPIC33F device uses the MOSFET driver to drive the two full-bridge inverters that power the motor windings. The board includes various circuitries to perform the following functions: 

  • Drive two motor windings with the two on-board full-bridge inverters 
  • Measure feedback and other analog signals (i.e., current, DC voltage, Potentiometer and Fault signals)
  • Communicate with a host computer or an external device via USB
The dsPIC DSC devices feature an 8-channel, high-speed PWM with Complementary mode output, a programmable ADC trigger on the PWM reload cycle, digital dead time control, internal shoot-through protection and hardware fault shutdown. These features make the dsPIC DSC an ideal solution for high-performance stepper motor control applications where control of the full-bridge inverter is required.

For new designs, please consider purchasing the dsPICDEM™ MCHV-3 Development Board for high-voltage motor control applications.

The Microchip dsPICDEM™ MCHV-2 Development Board aids in the rapid evaluation and development of a wide variety of high-voltage motor control applications. This development board is targeted to control Brushless DC (BLDC) motors, Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM), and AC Induction Motors (ACIM) in both sensored or sensorless operation. The MCHV-2 can be configured to use with Microchip’s motor control dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), supporting 100-pin Plug-in Modules (PIMs) for the dsPIC33F, E and C motor control devices. There is also an option to mount a 28-pin SOIC dsPIC33 DSC device directly. The development board uses a three-phase Integrated Power Module device (IPM) that contains the motor inverter and the gate driver’s circuitry. The circuit drives 3-phase motors using different control techniques without requiring any additional hardware. The MCHV-2 supports using either the internal op amps found on dsPIC33E and dsPIC33C motor control DSCs, or the external op amps found on the MCHV-2 board for current sensing.

The rated continuous output current from the inverter is 6.5A (RMS). This allows up to approximately 2 kVA output when running from a 208V to 230V single-phase input voltage in a maximum 30ºC (85ºF) ambient temperature environment. Therefore, the development board is ideally suited for running a standard 3-phase AC Induction Motor of up to 1.4 kW (1.8 HP) rating or a slightly higher rated industrial servo-motor. The IPM is capable of driving other types of motors and electrical loads that do not exceed the maximum power limit and are predominantly inductive. Furthermore, single-phase loads can be driven using one or two of the inverter outputs. The unit is capable of operating from 85VAC up to a maximum of 265VAC.

The MCHV-2 (DM330023-2) replaces and is fully backwards compatible with the previous MCHV (DM330023) and all motor control PIMs.

The Microchip dsPICDEM™ MCHV-3 Development Board aids in the rapid evaluation and development of a wide variety of high-voltage motor control applications.  This development board is targeted to control Brushless DC (BLDC) motors, Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM), and AC Induction Motors (ACIM) in both sensored or sensorless operation.  The MCHV-3 can be configured to use with Microchip’s motor control dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), supporting 100-pin Plug-in Modules (PIMs) for the dsPIC33F, E and C motor control devices.   There is also an option to mount a 28-pin SOIC dsPIC33 DSC device directly.  The development board uses a three-phase Integrated Power Module device (IPM) that contains the motor inverter and the gate driver’s circuitry.  The circuit drives 3-phase motors using different control techniques without requiring any additional hardware.  The MCHV-3 supports using either the internal op amps found on dsPIC33E and dsPIC33C motor control DSCs, or the external op amps found on the MCHV-3 board for current sensing.  It also includes Power Factor Correction (PFC) circuitry to meet power regulatory requirements.

The rated continuous output current from the inverter is 6.5A (RMS). This allows up to approximately 2 kVA output when running from a 208V to 230V single-phase input voltage in a maximum 30ºC (85ºF) ambient temperature environment.  Therefore, the development board is ideally suited for running a standard 3-phase AC Induction Motor of up to 1.4 kW (1.8 HP) rating or a slightly higher rated industrial servo-motor.  The IPM is capable of driving other types of motors and electrical loads that do not exceed the maximum power limit and are predominantly inductive. Furthermore, single-phase loads can be driven using one or two of the inverter outputs. The unit is capable of operating from 85VAC up to a maximum of 265VAC.

The MCHV-3 (DM330023-3) complements the MCHV-2 (DM330023-2) and is fully backwards compatible with the previous MCHV-2(DM330023-2) and all motor control PIMs.
The dsPICDEM™ MCLV-2 Development Board provides a cost-effective method of evaluating and developing 3-phase sensored or sensorless Brushless DC (BLDC) and Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) control applications.  The board supports Microchip’s 100-pin motor control Plug-In-Modules (PIMs) for the dsPIC33C, dsPIC33E and dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and also for the PICM32MK and ATSAME70 families.  The board supports the use of the internal on-chip op amps found on certain dsPIC® or PIC32MK devices, or the external op amps provided on the MCLV-2 board.  A dsPIC33EP256MC506 Internal Op Amp PIM (MA330031) is included with the board. The board is capable of controlling motors rated up to 48V and 10A (with TC1 modifications), with multiple communication channels such as USB, CAN, LIN and RS-232.  The MCLV-2 replaces and is fully backwards compatible with the original MCLV (DM330021).

The Microchip dsPICDEM™ MCSM Development Board is targeted to control both unipolar and bipolar stepper motors in open-loop or closed-loop (current control) mode. The hardware is designed in such a way that no hardware changes are necessary for 8-, 6- or 4-wire stepper motors in either bipolar or unipolar configurations. Software to run motors in open-loop or closed-loop with full or variable micro-stepping is provided. A GUI for controlling step commands, motor parameter input, and operation modes is included. This flexible and cost-effective board can be configured in different ways for use with Microchip’s specialized dsPIC33 Motor Control Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board offers a mounting option to connect either a 28-pin SOIC device or a generic 100-pin Plug-In Module (PIM). A dsPIC33CK64MP105 External Op Amp MC PIM (MA330050-1) is included.

The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board supports terminal voltages up to 80V and currents up to 3A. The dsPIC33C device uses the MOSFET driver to drive the two full-bridge inverters that power the motor windings. The board includes various circuits to perform the following functions:

  • Drive two motor windings with the two on-board full-bridge inverters
  • Measure feedback and other analog signals (i.e., current, DC voltage, Potentiometer and Fault signals)
  • Communicate with a host computer or an external device via USB

The dsPIC33CK64MP105 devices feature an 4-channel, high-speed PWM with Complementary mode output, a programmable ADC trigger on the PWM reload cycle, digital dead time control, internal shoot-through protection and hardware fault shutdown. These features make the dsPIC DSC an ideal solution for high-performance stepper motor control applications where control of the full-bridge inverter is required.

The Explorer 16/32 Development Board is a flexible and convenient development, demonstration and testing platform for 16-bit PIC24 MCUs, dsPIC® DSCs and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs from Microchip Technology. It features all the necessary hardware to begin developing and debugging a complete embedded application. The board accepts Processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs) designed for the Explorer 16 or Explorer 16/32 development board for easy device swapping. In addition to the hardware features provided by the board, hardware expansion is possible through the use of PICtail™ Plus daughter cards and mikroBUS™ accessory boards. Coupled with the integrated PICkit™-On-Board (PKOB), MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger or MPLAB REAL ICE™ real-time emulation and debug facilities enable faster evaluation and prototyping of application.

Explorer 16/32 Development Board offers only the main board, giving the option to customize the other necessary components. Choose PIM of your choice based on MCUs and DSCs under consideration from wide range of Processor Plug-In Modules. This board is optimal for customers migrating from Classic Explorer 16 to new Explorer 16/32 platform, while all the necessary additional components like Processor Plug-In Modules and PICtail™ Plus Daughter Boards are already available. The DM240001-3 is another great option for a customer that wants a board that ships with a PIM and two USB cables.


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Backwards Compatibility
Explorer 16/32 Development Board is completely backwards compatible with the Classic Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001 and DM240002) and its associated ecosystem that include:

  • Processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs)
  • PICTail™ Plus Daughter Boards
  • Code Examples, Prototypes and Software Libraries developed on Classic Explorer 16 Development Board

Use all of existing codes, libraries, prototypes, PIMs and the PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via side PICtail Plus connector directly. Re-use the PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via vertical PICtail Plus connector using additional PICtail Plus Expansion Board (AC240100)

Getting Started

  • Read the Explorer 16/32 User's Manual (available at Documentation and Software section of this page)
  • Purchase a PIM of choice in order for board to work
  • Download the free MPLAB X IDE
  • Download the suitable MPLAB XC Compiler
  • Download and unzip the appropriate firmware demo code (available at Documentation & Software section of this page)
The Explorer 16/32 Development Kit is a flexible, convenient and ready to start development, demonstration and testing platform for 16-bit PIC24 MCUs, dsPIC® DSCs and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs from Microchip Technology. It features all the necessary hardware to begin developing and debugging a complete embedded application. The board accepts Processor Plug-In Modules (PIM) designed for the Explorer 16 or Explorer 16/32 development board for easy device swapping. In addition to the hardware features provided by the board, hardware expansion is possible through the use of PICtail™ Plus daughter cards and mikroBUS™ accessory boards. Coupled with the integrated PICkit™-On-Board (PKOB), MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger or MPLAB REAL ICE™ real-time emulation and debug facilities enable faster evaluation and prototyping of application. 
The development kit comes with Explorer 16/32 main development board, PIC24FJ1024GB610 PIM (MA240023), USB A to micro-B cable, and USB A to Type-C Cable. For out of the box experience, Explorer 16/32 Development Kit is the right choice that comes with all the necessary components to get started with the evaluation and prototyping right away!

Also read about Explorer 16/32 Development Board

Backwards Compatibility

Explorer 16/32 Development Board is completely backwards compatible with the Classic Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001 and DM240002) and its associated ecosystem that include:
  • Process or Plug-In Modules (PIMs)
  • PICtail Plus Daughter Boards
  • Code Examples, Prototypes and Software Libraries developed on Classic Explorer 16 Development Board

Use all of existing codes, libraries, prototypes, PIMs and the PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via side PICtail Plus connector directly. Re-use the PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via vertical PICtail Plus connector using additional PICtail Plus Expansion Board (AC240100)

Getting Started
  • Read the Explorer 16/32 User’s Manual (available at Documentation & Software section of this page)
  • Download the free MPLAB X IDE
  • Download the suitable MPLAB XC Compiler
  • Download and unzip the appropriate firmware demo code (available at Documentation & Software section of this page)

The PIC24FJ256DA210 Development Board is a low cost and efficient development board to evaluate the features and performance of the PIC24FJ256DA210 with integrated graphics, mTouch™ and USB. This board is an ideal platform for developing graphical human interface applications.

The development board requires a display board to complete the 2-board setup. It has a Microchip display connector V1, and allows developers to match with any of the listed 3.2”, 4.3” TFT display, or the graphics prototype board available by Microchip.

  • 3.2” 320x240 Truly TFT Display Board (AC164127-4)
  • 4.3” 480x272 Powertip TFT Display Board (AC164127-6)
  • Display Prototype Board (AC164139)
The development board also provides a complete interface to MPLAB ICD-3, MPLAB REAL ICE, and MPLAB PICkit-3 Emulator and Debugger.

Microchip also offers the PIC24FJ256DA210 development kit (DV164039) option which includes the board, 3.2” TFT Sisplay, Graphics Display Prototype Board, and MPLAB ICD-3 Emulator and Debugger.
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.


Low Power High Voltage Motor Control Reference Design

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: LPHV-MC-Board

Even though most high voltage (110Vac/220Vac) 3-phase motor control applications are high power (>1kW) there are many applications that are low power (<500W). In those cases running on a high power system is not very efficient.  To better demonstrate the capabilities in regards to efficiency in low power high voltage motor control we have developed this reference design (limited to 150W). This compact and cost-effective high voltage board is targeted to control various high voltage motors such as Brushless DC (BLDC) motors, Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) and AC Induction Motors (ACIM) in sensored or sensorless operation.

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The Low Voltage Motor Control Development Bundle provides a cost-effective method of evaluating and developing dual/single motor control power stage targeted to drive two Brushless DC (BLDC) motors or Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) concurrently. The bundle comes with a dsPIC DSC Signal board, Motor Control 10-24V Driver Board and dsPIC33EP512GM710 Dual Motor Control PIM (MA330037).

The dsPIC (DSC) Signal Board supports both 3.3V and 5V operated devices for various applications and frequently used human interface features along with the communication ports. The Signal Board has two major connectors, a 120-pin connector to the driver (inverter) board and a 100-pin connector to enable connection to the PIM plug-in module, alternatives include the dsPIC33EV256GM106 Motor Control PIM (MA330036) or the dsPIC33CK256MP508 External Op Amp PIM (MA330041-1).

The Motor Control 10V–24V Driver Board (Dual/Single) along with the compatible dsPIC DSC Signal Board provides a software development platform to build and evaluate embedded motor control application software using Microchip’s high performance motor control Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and Microcontrollers (MCUs).

Low Voltage Power Factor Correction (LVPFC) Development Kit offers safe voltage levels at moderate power while designing algorithms on a boost power factor correction topology. These algorithms can be applied on real systems under development with minimal changes. The LVPFC Development Board utilizes the dsPIC33EP128GS806 device, supporting full digital and advanced power control algorithm schemes.

LVPFC development kit utilizes Isolation transformer with turn ratio of 10:1 and a 50W Active load. These additional tools are available from our third party tools provider ASCALAB .

Active Load can be bought directly from microchip Direct. For isolation transformer you can get in touch with your regional Microchip's sales executive.

 

Magnetic Card Reader Demo

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: mPOSDemo

With the common use of cards instead of cash, Credit Card Reader (MSR, mag stripe/swipe readers) are an essential part of any POS system. MSRs can read any card with magnetic stripes, including some driver's licenses, gift cards, and other IDs.

Magnetic Card Readers (also known as Magnetic Stripe Readers or MSRs) read data from a 3-track magnetic stripe via a peak detection circuit and process that data for downstream users. After extracting data from the magnetic stripe, it is converted to binary data and formatted for encryption. They feed the swiped information to applications management software and connect through USB, RS-232, or PS/2 connections.

Microchip Magnetic card reader solution reads ISO/IEC-7811 cards (also known as “Frequency/double Frequency” (F2F) encoding standard). The data format encodes 7-bit data on Track1, 5-bit data for Track 2 and 3. Please refer to the features section for an in depth description of the Magnetic card readers capabilities.

Microchip offers 2 solutions, one using the dsPIC33EP family and the other using the PIC24F family of PIC's

This demo is not for sale, but can be easily created from components listed in the user's guide.

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

Microchip 15W Multi-Coil Wireless Power Transmitter

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: 15W_Multi-Coil_Wireless_Power

The Three Coil Wireless Power Transmitter is based on the dsPIC33CH128MP506 device and implements a fixed frequency power control topology. The front-end buck-boost control is managed by the dsPIC33CH device. The transmitter includes CAN for ease of integration into the automotive environment. The transmitter also enables the implementation of NFC.

Microchip’s dual-core dsPIC33CH devices integrates the wireless power software stack along with CAN-FD software, Front-end Buck- Boost control, NFC software stack, and Crypto Authentication software. The software is partitioned between the two cores such that the wireless power control is implemented independently on one core and all the remaining functions are implemented in the other core. This partitioning facilitates independent code development on separate modules and enables parallel execution of the Qi protocol and other functions such as NFC

Microchip’s 200W DC/DC LLC Resonant Converter Reference Design

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: DC/DC-LLC-Resonant-Converter

Microchip’s 200W DC/DC LLC Resonant Converter Reference Design operates over a wide input voltage range (350 - 420Vdc) with a nominal input of 400V, providing a 12V DC output, while maintaining high-voltage isolation between the primary and secondary. High efficiency is achieved through Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) on the half-bridge converter and Zero Current Switching (ZCS) on the synchronous rectifier. A synchronous rectifier is implemented over the traditional full wave rectifier for improved efficiency. The DC/DC LLC Resonant Converter Reference Design utilizes Microchip’s digital power conversion dsPIC for unique “adaptive” control of the half-bridge converter and synchronous rectifier.

This reference design is implemented using a single dsPIC33EP / dsPIC33FJ “GS” digital-power DSCs from Microchip that provides the full digital control of the power conversion and system management functions. As shown in this reference design the efficient use of dsPIC33EP / dsPIC33FJ ‘GS’ devices enable designers to easily and cost effectively create products using advanced switching techniques such as LLC that lower switching losses and enable efficiencies as high as 95%. The DC/DC LLC Resonant Converter Reference Design is royalty free when used in accordance with the licensing agreement.

Both the design packages (EP and FJ) are available to download under documents and software section. 

Microchip’s Digital Pure Sine Wave Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Reference Design

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: Digital-Pure-Sine-Wave-UPS

Microchip’s Digital Pure Sine Wave Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Reference Design is based on the dsPIC33F “GS” series of digital-power Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). This reference design demonstrates how digital-power techniques when applied to UPS applications enable easy modifications through software, the use of smaller magnetics, intelligent battery charging, higher efficiency, compact designs, reduction in audible and electrical noise via a purer sine-wave output, USB communication and low-cost overall bill-of-materials. This reference design is Royalty Free. Click here for a list of complete documentation and software & hardware design information.

This reference design is implemented using a single dsPIC33F “GS” digital-power DSCs from Microchip that provides the full digital control of the power conversion and system management functions. As shown in this reference design the dsPIC33F ‘GS’ devices enable designers to easily and cost effectively create products using advanced switching techniques such as LLC that lower switching losses and enable efficiencies as high as 95%. The DC to DC LLC Converter Reference Design is royalty free when used in accordance with the licensing agreement.

The Digital Pure Sine Wave UPS System operates in two modes:

Standby Mode – Operational in the presence of AC line voltage; battery is charged in this mode.
UPS Mode – Operational during power outage; the system switches to a function called inverter to provide power to load. Charge stored in the battery is converted to AC output.

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Microchip’s Grid-Connected Solar Microinverter Reference Design

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: Grid-Connected-Solar-Microinverter

Microchip’s Grid-Connected Solar Microinverter Reference Design demonstrates the flexibility and power of SMPS dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers in Grid-Connected Solar Microinverter systems. This reference design has a maximum output power of 215 Watts and ensures maximum power point tracking for PV panel voltages between 20V to 45V DC. High efficiency was achieved by implementing a novel interleaved active-clamp flyback topology with Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS).

This reference design is implemented using a single dsPIC33F “GS” digital-power DSCs from Microchip that provides the full digital control of the power conversion as well as all system management functions. As shown in this reference design the dsPIC33F ‘GS’ devices enable designers to easily and cost effectively develop products using advanced switching techniques / topologies that lower switching losses and improve overall system efficiency. The Grid-Connected Solar Microinverter Reference Design is royalty free when used in accordance with the licensing agreement.

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Microstick for 3V PIC24F K-series (Part #: DM240013-1) is a flexible USB powered development platform. It’s the perfect solution for those looking to get started with Microchip’s lowest cost 16-bit microcontroller families – PIC24F “KL” and “KA” – for extremely cost sensitive consumer, medical and industrial applications.

SUPPORTED PARTS:
Microstick for 3V PIC24F K-series supports the following 3V PIC24F “KL” and “KA” devices (28-pin SPDIP package only)
  • PIC24F16KL402 (included in package)
  • PIC24F16KA102 (included in package)
  • PIC24F08KL302
  • PIC24F08KL402
  • PIC24F08KA102
  • PIC24F16KA302
  • PIC24F32KA302
Microstick for 5V PIC24F K-series (Part #: DM240013-2) is a flexible USB powered development platform. It’s the perfect solution for those looking to get started with Microchip’s low cost 16-bit microcontroller families – 5V PIC24FV “KM” and “KA” – for extremely cost sensitive consumer, medical and industrial applications.

SUPPORTED PARTS:
Microstick for 5V PIC24F K-series supports the following 5V PIC24FV “KM” and “KA” devices (28-pin SPDIP package only)
  • PIC24FV16KM202 (included in package)
  • PIC24FV08KM202
  • PIC24FV16KM102
  • PIC24FV08KM102
  • PIC24FV32KA302
  • PIC24FV16KA302

Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H

Part Number: DM330013

No Longer Available
The Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H devices is designed to provide designers with an easy to use, economical development environment for 16-bit dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers and PIC® Microcontrollers.

Microstick provides all you need to get started at a very low cost. It has an integrated programmer / debugger. It can be used stand-alone or plugged into a prototyping board for extremely flexible development. The device under test is socketed for easy change-out, and Microchip’s MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment supports Microstick. It has never been more affordable to get started with Microchip 16-bit devices!

Supported Parts: 
dsPIC33FJ64MC802 
dsPIC33FJ128MC802
PIC24HJ64GP502 
PIC24HJ128GP502

Microstick II

Part Number: DM330013-2

Microstick II delivers a complete development hardware platform for Microchip’s 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers and digital signal controllers. It’s the perfect solution to those looking for a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform.  (Note: Go to Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H Development Board for information on the Microstick tool.)

The USB-powered kit includes an on-board debugger/programmer, a DUT socket for easy device swapping, a user LED and reset button. It is designed for insertion into a standard prototyping board for easy connection to additional circuitry. The kit is extremely portable as well and is still about the size of a stick of gum!

Supported Parts:
Microstick II supports 3.3V PIC24FJ, PIC24E, PIC24H, dsPIC33, and PIC32 28-pin SPDIP packaged devices shown in the table to the right (see images).
The MPLAB Starter Kit for Digital Power kit uses the dsPIC33EP64GS502 DSC to implement a buck converter and a boost converter. It is a digitally controlled power supply board that consists of one independent DC/DC synchronous Buck converter and one independent DC/DC Boost converter. Each converter can drive its on-board MOSFET controlled resistive load or an external load. The board has an LCD display for voltage, current, temperature and fault conditions, and an integrated programmer/debugger, all powered by the included 9 V power supply.



The MPLAB Starter Kit for dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers is a complete hardware and software tool suite for exploring applications based upon Microchip’s dsPIC33 DSCs. With a built-in debugger on the board, simply install the software and connect the USB cable to the computer. Start up MPLAB IDE and you are in full control, able to run the sample programs, and to download and test your own applications. The board features the dsPIC33FJ256GP506 with 256 KB of flash memory, a high-fidelity audio codec, microphone input and headphone/speaker outputs, and is powered from the USB connection to the computer. Also on the board are reconfigurable switches, potentiometers, a temperature sensor and a 4 Mb serial EEPROM to store data such as audio samples.

The PIC24E USB Starter Kit provides a low cost method for the development and testing of USB OTG, Host and Device applications on the 60 MIPS PIC24E MCU family. The board contains an on-board programming/debugger, standard A USB and micro A/B connectors, three user-programmable LEDs, three push button switches and an expansion header compatible with the Multimedia Expansion Board (DM320005) and I/O Expansion Board (DM320002). The starter kit comes preloaded with basic Communication Device Class (CDC) demonstration software.
The PIC24F Starter Kit contains everything needed to begin exploring the high performance and versatility of the PIC24F microcontroller family. This inexpensive kit includes an integrated in-circuit debugger and programmer, USB device and host connectors, tri color LED, capacitive touch pad and an OLED display. Menu driven demonstration software supports data logging, thumb drive, and graphics applications to test the PIC24F MCU.

Getting Started: Connect the USB cable from the PC to the demo board, and interact with the custom demo application.

The PIC24F Starter Kit demo support is distributed as part of the Legacy Microchip Application Libraries(v2013-06-15)
- Once downloaded and installed, demos for this start kit include ‘PIC24F Starter Kit 1’ and nearly all USB related demo projects, please see the USB library release note for details
- PIC24F Starter Kit includes integrated hardware debug and programmer circuitry to develop, program and test applications on the board’s PIC24F MCU device --all from the MPLAB graphical development environment. A USB connection to a host computer supplies communications and power to the board --no additional external power supply is needed

Demos included:
- Interactive, menu driven display using Parallel Master Port (PMP)
- Capacitive touch sensing with the Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU)
- Time and data display using the Real Time Clock and Calendar (RTCC)
- RGB LED Control with three PWMs and Peripheral Pin Select (PPS)
- USB Flash drive interface with USB embedded host peripheral
- Real-time data graphing using the ADC and display multi-tasking
- Real-time data capture using multi-tasking with USB embedded host

The TDTTP4000W066C 4kW bridgeless totem-pole power factor correction (PFC) evaluation board (developed by Transphorm) achieves very high efficiency single-phase AC-DC conversion. Using GaN FETs in the fast-switching leg of the circuit and low-resistance MOSFETs in the slow-switching leg of the circuit results in improved performance and efficiency.

The development board integrates Microchip's dsPIC33CK Digital Power PIM with Transphorm’s 4 kW AC-to-DC bridgeless totem pole power factor correction (PFC) evaluation board featuring SuperGaN™, the company’s latest Gen IV GaN technology.

The firmware can be downloaded from the software section below.

TDTTP4000W066C_0v1-KIT is for evaluation purposes only and is available from Transphorm.

For more details and users guide, refer to Transphorm website.

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.

The PIC24F 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 PIC24F MCUs.
The PIC24F Curiosity Board is the perfect platform to harness the power of 16-bit PIC24F Microcontrollers. Its layout and external connections offer unparalleled access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). 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 PIC24F Curiosity Development Board offers seamless integration with software tool chain, including the MPLAB Xpress Cloud-based IDE, XC16 complier and MPLAB Code Configurator for easy set-up and prototyping.

Internet of Things (IoT) Ready
The PIC24F Curiosity Board can help turn your IoT design idea into a reality. Out of the box, the board offers several options for user interface—including switches, LEDs and potentiometer. A full complement of accessory boards are available via the MikroElectronika mikroBUS™ interface. To address the security requirements in IoT designs, PIC24FJ128GA204 comes equipped with integrated hardware Cryptographic engine for data encryption/decryption and authentication. In addition, Bluetooth® Low Energy communication can easily be added using Microchip’s BM71 module footprint.

Visit our Curiosity Design Center for more information on the Curiosity platform.

PIC24FJ XLP Bluetooth LE IoT Demo

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: PIC24IoTDemo

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

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 PIC-IoT WA Development Board combines a powerful PIC24FJ128GA705 MCU, an ATECC608A CryptoAuthentication™ secure element IC and the fully-certified ATWINC1510 Wi-Fi® network controller - which provides the most simple and effective way to connect your embedded application to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The board also includes an on-board debugger, and requires no external hardware to program and debug the MCU.

Out of the box, the MCU comes preloaded with firmware that enables you to quickly connect and send data to the AWS platform using the on-board temperature and light sensors. Once you are ready to build your own custom design, you can easily generate code using the free software libraries in MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC).

The PIC-IoT WA Board is supported by MPLAB® X IDE.

You can also connect this board to the Google Cloud by a simple firmware upgrade, or you can use the PIC-IoT WG board (AC164164) which is a google provisioned version of this board

The PIC-IoT WG Development Board combines a powerful PIC24FJ128GA705 MCU, an ATECC608A CryptoAuthentication™ secure element IC and the fully-certified ATWINC1510 Wi-Fi® network controller - which provides the most simple and effective way to connect your embedded application to the Google Cloud IoT Core. The board also includes an on-board debugger, and requires no external hardware to program and debug the MCU.

Out of the box, the MCU comes preloaded with firmware that enables you to quickly connect and send data to the Google Cloud Platform using the on-board temperature and light sensors. Once you are ready to build your own custom design, you can easily generate code using the free software libraries in MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC).

The PIC-IoT WG Board is supported by MPLAB® X IDE. 

You can also connect this board to the Amazon AWS by a simple firmware upgrade, or you can use the PIC-IoT WA board (EV54Y39A) which is a AWS provisioned version of this board.

Platinum-Rated 720W AC/DC Reference Design

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: Platinum-Rated-720W AC/DC

Microchip’s Platinum-Rated 720W AC-DC Reference Design demonstrates the flexibility and power of SMPS dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers in switch-mode power supplies. This reference design has a peak efficiency of 94.1% and achieves the ENERGY STAR CSCI Platinum Level. It features a 2-phase interleaved power factor correction boost converter followed by a 2-phase interleaved two-switch forward converter with synchronous rectification. 

This reference design is implemented using two dsPIC33F “GS” digital-power DSCs from Microchip that provide the full digital control of the power conversion as well as all system management functions. As shown in this reference design the dsPIC33F ‘GS’ devices enable designers to easily and cost effectively develop products using advanced adaptive control algorithms that help improve efficiency at light loads. The Platinum-Rated 720W AC/DC Reference Design is royalty free when used in accordance with the licensing agreement.

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Portable Weather Station Board

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: WeatherStationBoard

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


Quarter Brick DC/DC Converter Reference Design

**For development reference only, not a product for sale**

Part Number: Quarter-Brick-DC/DC-Converter

This reference design provides an easy method to evaluate the power, and features of SMPS dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers in high density quarter brick DC-DC converters for intermediate bus architectures(IBA). This reference design is implemented using a single dsPIC33F “GS” digital-power DSCs from Microchip that provides the full digital control of the power conversion and system management functions. As shown in this reference design the dsPIC33F ‘GS’ devices enable designers to easily and cost effectively create products using advanced switching techniques such as Phase Shift Full Bridge (PSFB) topology that lower switching losses and enable efficiencies as high as 94%. The reference design also supports the Full Bridge topology through minor hardware modifications. The Quarter brick DC to DC Converter Reference Design is royalty free when used in accordance with the licensing agreement.

This reference design works with telecom input range 36V – 76V DC and provides 12V with 200W power. Designed with planar magnetics, this reference design implements various non-linear techniques, which improves the performance and efficiency.

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