Readers of Dataweek are being offered the chance to win one of Microchip Technology’s MPLAB PICkit 4 in-circuit debuggers. The tool allows fast and easy debugging and programming of PIC and dsPIC Flash microcontrollers, using the powerful graphical user interface of MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE).
The MPLAB PICkit 4 programs faster than its predecessor with a powerful 32-bit, 300 MHz SAME70 MCU, and comes ready to support PIC and dsPIC MCU devices. Along with a wider target voltage, the PICkit 4 supports advanced interfaces such as 4-wire JTAG and serial wire debug with streaming data gateway, while being backward compatible for demo boards, headers and target systems using 2-wire JTAG and ICSP.
Key features of the PICkit 4 include matching silicon clocking speed, supplying up to 50 mA, a minimal current consumption at less than 100 μA from target, and an option to be self-powered from the target. The debugger 4 is connected to the design engineer’s computer using a high-speed 2.0 USB interface and can be connected to the target via an 8-pin single in-line (SIL) connector. The connector uses two device I/O pins and the reset line to implement in-circuit debugging and in-circuit serial programming (ICSP).
Currently, the PICkit 4 supports many, but not all, PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs, but is being continually upgraded to add support for new devices.
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