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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.


Also read about Explorer 16/32 Development Kit


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)
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.
The PIC32MX1/2/5 Starter Kit provides the user with an easy and cost effective option to experience the USB and CAN functionality of the new PIC32MX1/2/5 family of microcontrollers. The board features a 50MHz/83DMIPS PIC32MX570F512L MCU with 512 KB Flash, 64KB RAM, USB Device/Host/OTG, CAN 2.0B, 48 Channel ADC, Analog Comparators, SPI Ports and UARTs. The starter kit has an onboard high-speed CAN transceiver which serves as an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two wire bus. It also comes equipped with an onboard DB9 connector to interface with the CAN2.0B based applications.

For Demonstration Software and Board Support Packages, Please Visit http://www.microchip.com/harmony

The SAM C21 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is a hardware platform for evaluating the ATSAMC21J18A microcontroller (MCU). Supported by the Studio integrated development platform, the kit provides easy access to the features of the ATSAMC21J18A and explains how to integrate the device into a custom design.

The Xplained Pro MCU series evaluation kits include an on-board Embedded Debugger, eliminating the need for external tools to program or debug the ATSAMC21J18A. The kits offers additional peripherals to extend the features of the board and ease the development of custom designs.

The SAM D20 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is ideal for evaluation and prototyping with the SAM D20 Cortex®-M0+ processor-based microcontrollers. Xplained Pro Extension kits compatible with the SAM D20 Xplained Pro kit can be purchased individually.

The ATSAMD20-XPRO evaluation kit does not include extension boards.

SAM D20 Xplained Pro supports many Xplained Pro extension kits, including I/O1 Xplained Pro, OLED1 Xplained Pro, and PROTO1 Xplained Pro.

The SAM E54 Curiosity Ultra Development Board (DM320210) includes an integrated programmer and debugger, so no additional hardware is required to get started. Users can expand functionality through MikroElectronika mikroBUS™ Click™ adapter boards, add Ethernet connectivity with the Microchip PHY Daughter Board, add Wi-Fi™ connectivity capability using the Microchip expansions boards, and add audio input and output capability with Microchip audio daughter boards. With or without expansion boards, the SAM E54 Curiosity Ultra Development Board provides the freedom to develop for a variety of applications, including Bluetooth Audio, CAN, Graphics User Interface, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics development, and proof-of-concept designs.

The SAM E54 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is a hardware platform for evaluating the ATSAME54P20A microcontroller (MCU). Supported by the Studio integrated development platform, the kit provides easy access to the features of the ATSAME54P20A and explains how to integrate the device into a custom design.

In addition to ATSAME54P20A, the SAM E54 Xplained Pro Evaluation kit can also be used for evaluating the ATSAMD51P20A microcontroller as both MCUs are identical in pin count and peripherals except that ATSAMD51P20A does not have Ethernet and CAN FD. 


The Xplained Pro MCU series evaluation kits include an on-board Embedded Debugger, eliminating the need for external tools to program or debug the ATSAME54P20A. The kits offers additional peripherals to extend the features of the board and ease the development of custom designs.

The SAM L21 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is ideal for evaluating and prototyping with the ultra low power SAM L21 ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based microcontrollers. Xplained Pro extension kits that are compatible with SAM L21 Xplained Pro can be purchased individually.

The ATSAML21-XPRO-B evaluation kit does not include extension boards.

To begin configuring software for your board, visit our web-based software configuration tool Atmel START.

The SAM L22 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is driven by the ultra-low power SAM L22 ARM® Cortex®-M0+ microcontroller . The kit includes TSLCD1 Xplained Pro extension board for touch & segment LCD applications  and ECC508 Crypto Authentication device to enable advanced elliptic curve cryptography (ECC). It is an ideal development platform for secure IoT nodes, wearables, medical & general purpose battery powered applications.

It is USB powered and has integrated programmer and debugger with the capabilities of current measurement circuitry for Data Visualizer support. It is also compatible with the Power Debugger that provides code profiling and real-time analysis & debugging of power measurements. 

Other extension boards to the SAM L22 Xplained Pro can be purchased individually.

To get started with the free demo examples please click here 

The SAM L10 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is ideal for evaluating and prototyping with the ultra low power SAML10 ARM® Cortex®-M23 based microcontrollers. The SAM L10  MCU features general purpose embedded control capabilities with enhanced peripheral touch controller and advanced analog.

The kit is supported by various demo examples which includes water tolerant touch, keypad touch, low power weather station and SleepWalking demos. It has microBUS socket and Xplained Pro extension headers to expand the development with Mikroelektronika click boards and Xplained Pro extension kits.The kit includes an on-board Embedded Debugger, eliminating the need for external tools to program or debug. The kit also has Xplained Pro Analog Module(XAM) that can be used with the Data Visualizer tool to monitor and analyze power consumption in real time.

 

 Demo Name  Location
 Water tolerant touch  www.microchip.com/START
 Keypad touch  www.microchip.com/START
 Low power weather station  www.microchip.com/START
 Low power SleepWalking   www.microchip.com/START

 

 

The SAML11 Xplained Pro evaluation kit is ideal for evaluating and prototyping with the ultra low power SAML11 ARM® Cortex®-M23 based microcontrollers integrating robust security which includes ARM® TrustZone®, secure boot, crypto acceleration, secure key storage and chip-level tamper detection. In addition to security the SAM L11 MCU features general purpose embedded control capabilities with enhanced peripheral touch controller and advanced analog.

The SAML11 Xplained Pro evaluation kit can also be used to evaluate the Trustonic Kinibi-M Software Development Kit

The kit is supported by demo examples which includes trusted execution environment, secure LoRa IoT node and Amazon Web Services (AWS) & Google cloud enrollment using Trustonic Kinibi-M, additionally it is supported by water tolerant touch and keypad touch demos. It has microBUS socket and Xplained pro extension headers to expand the development with Mikroelektronika click boards and Xplained pro extension kits. The kit includes an on-board Embedded Debugger, eliminating the need for external tools to program or debug. The kit also has Xplained Pro Analog Module(XAM) that can be used with the Data Visualizer tool to monitor and analyze power consumption in real time.

 

Demo Name  Demo  Location
Trusted Execution Environment www.microchip.com/START
AWS & Google Cloud Enrollment with Kinibi-M www.trustonic.com/Kinibi-M
 Secure LoRa IoT Node  Documents & Software (App Notes) tab of this page
 Low power weather station www.microchip.com/START
 Low power SleepWalking www.microchip.com/START
 Water tolerant touch www.microchip.com/START
 Low power Keypad touch www.microchip.com/START