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2020/03/25 06:32:26 (permalink)
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Do I need microchip development board?

Is one of the Microchip development board a requirement in order to use motorbench? Can't I design my own custom board? I have a plan to start a motor control project and I wonder how this tool helps me. Can this tool be used or configured for custom boards? The mcu will be dspic but I will design my own board. Thanks.
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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/03/25 07:50:35 (permalink)
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I think the idea of a Dev Board is to get your software working with known good hardware, then integrate the essentials into your own design.  You should be able to copy/paste the essential software into your custom board.

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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/03/25 10:04:50 (permalink)
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You definitely can design your own Dev board. The main advantage is to speedup development time as you will only concentrate on the software side, because your know the hardware should work. Instead of debugging the software and the hardware at the same time when something goes wrong.
Once your software is done, you could design your own custom board based on the features of the Dev board design that you are going to need. 

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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/03/26 00:24:50 (permalink)
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Ok I understand, you suggest to use development board. But I wonder, can I add the required interface to my own hardware and configure the software according to my setup and use the motorbench on my setup? It would be much better for me. Thanks.
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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/03/26 00:50:53 (permalink)
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Of course you can, but if it doesn't work as you expect, you have to suspect the hardware as well as the software...
 

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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/03/26 01:53:18 (permalink)
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My own view is that a good development board pays for itself pretty quickly because it gives you access to functioning hardware and example code before your first design cycle.
 
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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/04/27 00:00:02 (permalink)
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Hi, 
I have a MCP8025 TQFP BLDC Motor Driver Eval Board and want to use the Motorbench to drive the BLDC Motor senseorless with FOC algorithm. Is it possible? 
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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/05/18 03:07:15 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby pany4life 2020/05/19 09:28:44
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Microchip people play with MCLV2 boards. It is better to have a one. There are some predefined resources in motorBench for MCLV2 and HURST motor. They are good boards and flexible, do not waste a time to make yours.
they costs like 200$ but you save a lot of time. Really worth to have at least a one MCLV2,
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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/05/18 08:08:36 (permalink)
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I seldom use development boards. They're very good when you try to figure out how something works. They are not as good for prototyping your own board. I used to do it on breadboards. Now I mostly print PCBs. IMHO, with today PCB production services, it's much easier to print your own PCB with the exact hardware components you're programming for. It's so cheap and quick now. You may have a working prototype in 2-3 days. And you would have to do it anyway. It seems logical to me to start with the exact board.
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Re: Do I need microchip development board? 2020/05/18 14:56:25 (permalink)
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I always start with a dev board if only for the basic circuit.
Its too easy to get a pin wrong if you do it from the datasheet then have to start hacking pcb to fix it.
I have still been caught out with "input only" pins on what I wanted to be an output.
Even Harmony pin settings shows some "input only" pins as possible outputs !
 
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