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Microchip’s IDE launches into the cloud

23 March 2016 Design Automation

Microchip Technology has launched a new cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB Xpress. This online development platform is the easiest way to get started with PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), with zero downloads, sign-in or setup needed to start designing.

Bringing the most popular features of MPLAB X to Internet-connected PCs, laptops or tablets, MPLAB Xpress offers a comprehensive feature set, including a library of Microchip-validated code examples, interface to MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) 3.0 for GUI-based MCU peripheral setup and automatic code generation, integrated MPLAB XC compilers, support for programmer/debugger hardware, and 10 GB of secure online storage with a myMicrochip account. Users can easily migrate their projects to the full, downloadable MPLAB X IDE. Additionally, the MPLAB Xpress Community enables developers to share their code, design ideas and knowledge.

Cloud-based hardware development is supported by connecting any USB-enabled PC, laptop or tablet to tools such as the MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board. This development board features an integrated programmer, a PIC16F18855 MCU and a mikroBUS header for system expansion with MikroElektronika’s more than 180 Click boards.

The MPLAB Xpress IDE also supports Microchip’s Curiosity Development Board, a cost-effective tool with integrated programmer and debugger, as well as expansion options for add-on boards and external connectivity. Additionally, this online IDE can be used with the PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer, which provides programming and debugging capabilities for over 1000 PIC MCUs.

For more information contact Shane Padayachee, Avnet South Africa, +27 (0)11 319 8600, shane.padayachee@avnet.eu, www.avnet.co.za





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