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New Microchip in-circuit emulator

24 November 2021 Test & Measurement

Embedded engineers seeking complete analysis of projects for rapid development require easy-to-use yet powerful emulation hardware. Microchip Technology has accordingly announced the MPLAB ICE 4 next-generation full in-circuit emulator, debugging and programming development tool for the company’s PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs), dsPIC, digital signal controllers (DSCs) and SAM MCUs and microprocessors (MPUs).

The new emulator is Microchip’s fastest and most feature-rich emulation and programming tool for its MCUs and MPUs, debugging and programming with the powerful, easy-to-use graphical user interface of the MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE). The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator provides a flexible development experience including advanced debugging capabilities to write power-efficient code coupled with all the features needed to reduce debugging time.

The ICE 4 system connects using SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or High-Speed USB 2.0 with an option to go wireless using Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity for flexibility and ease of use. It provides Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless wireless programming and debugging. Ethernet connectivity provides remote debugging for applications which are monitored over long distances. Furthermore, Wi-Fi connectivity is excellent for providing isolation from environmental conditions such as high-voltage motor control applications or floating systems with no ground loop.

MPLAB ICE 4’s powerful hardware integrates with MPLAB X CI/CD setup over Ethernet, creating an effective combination for hardware in the loop. Designers can use the CI/CD wizard to set up Jenkins and Docker on the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00.

It is equipped with power debugging capabilities to monitor how power consumption correlates to code using MPLAB Data Visualizer. Additionally, embedded engineers can extract more from the code by using two independent current-sensing channels with varying resolutions for measuring and optimising the power consumption of a design.

Engineers can reduce development time using MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator’s advanced features supporting many widely used instrumentation and instruction trace capabilities. ICE 4’s several debug and programming interfaces and options for target connections using adaptor boards further help to reduce development time.

The in-circuit emulator debugs and programs all Microchip MCUs, DSCs and MPUs, simplifying the design process when developers migrate from one Microchip MCU or MPU to another. With the latest hardware, across-the-board device support, multiple features, reliability and seamless integration with the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00, it provides a complete development system.

In addition to Microchip’s proprietary freeware – MPLAB X IDE for embedded applications – the company provides a full range of free, optimising compilers, professional-grade compiler licences, functional safety licences and code coverage licences for developers.


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