Design Automation


Arduino development platform

20 July 2011 Design Automation

Microchip has launched the first 32-bit MCU-based, open-source development platform that is compatible with Arduino hardware and software. Designed and manufactured by Digilent, one of Microchip’s authorised design partners, the chipKIT platform enables hobbyists and academics to easily and inexpensively integrate electronics into their projects, even if they do not have an electronic engineering background.

The platform consists of two PIC32-based development boards and open-source software that is fully compatible with the Arduino programming language and development environment. The chipKIT hardware is compatible with existing Arduino shields and applications, and can be developed using the Arduino IDE and existing resources, such as code examples, libraries, references and tutorials.

The boards enable 80 MHz performance and provide up to 512 KB Flash, with up to 128 KB RAM. They feature connectivity peripherals including Ethernet, CAN and USB (Full-Speed host, device and OTG), plus peripherals such as multiple timers, a 16-channel 1 MSps ADC, two comparators, and multiple I²C, SPI and UART interfaces.

The software has been engineered to ensure maximum compatibility with existing Arduino shields, applications and courseware. The Arduino programming environment has been modified and extended so that it supports the PIC32-based chipKIT boards as well as traditional Arduino boards. The Arduino standard libraries have been also been modified to support chipKIT boards and traditional Arduino boards. With the exception of a small number of shields that require 5 V operation, the vast majority of existing Arduino hardware and software applications are fully compatible with the chipKIT platform, without modification.



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Bourns launches new mobile app
25 March 2020, Electrocomp , Design Automation
The new Bourns app is now available free to download for iOS and Android at the Apple App Store and at the Google Play Store. Mobile apps are very popular marketing tools these days with over 50 million ...

Read more...
Guide for designing GUIs, for novices to experts
29 April 2020, Avnet South Africa , Design Automation
The TouchGFX team at STMicroelectronics recently published TouchGFX Documentation, a website that targets developers working on their first embedded graphical user interface (GUI) as well as those with ...

Read more...
Free PADS software for students and instructors
29 April 2020 , Design Automation
As part of its ongoing investment in higher education, Mentor, a Siemens business, announced that students and instructors can download a free student edition of its premium PADS Professional Design Suite ...

Read more...
Embedding a 3D STEP model in a footprint
29 April 2020, EDA Technologies , Design Automation
Integrating mechanical design workflows into electrical design tools has become a necessary component of today’s successful PCB design processes. But transferring inaccurate design data back and forth ...

Read more...
STM32CubeMonitor for runtime variable monitoring
25 March 2020, Altron Arrow , Design Automation
The STM32CubeMonitor family of tools helps to fine-tune and diagnose STM32 applications at runtime by reading and visualising their variables in real time. In addition to specialised versions (power, ...

Read more...
STM32CubeMonitor for runtime variable monitoring
26 February 2020, Altron Arrow , Design Automation
The STM32CubeMonitor family of tools helps to fine-tune and diagnose STM32 applications at runtime by reading and visualising their variables in real time. In addition to specialised versions (power, ...

Read more...
STMicro enhances TouchGFX software framework
29 January 2020, EBV Electrolink , Design Automation
STMicroelectronics has added new features to the TouchGFX software framework for STM32 microcontrollers (MCUs), streamlining creation of attention-grabbing user interfaces for domestic appliances, home ...

Read more...
STM8 development boards in Nucleo-32 format
25 November 2019, EBV Electrolink , Design Automation
STMicroelectronics is making design starts using 8-bit STM8 microcontrollers (MCUs) faster, more affordable, and more accessible by introducing new development boards in the Nucleo-32 form factor. The ...

Read more...
New edition of Altium Designer announced
23 October 2019, EDA Technologies , Design Automation
Altium recently announced the newest version of Altium Designer, a complete software environment for the design and realisation of printed circuit boards (PCB). The latest release, Altium Designer 20, ...

Read more...
New edition of Altium Designer announced
25 November 2019, EDA Technologies , Design Automation
Altium recently announced the newest version of Altium Designer, a complete software environment for the design and realisation of printed circuit boards (PCB). The latest release, Altium Designer 20, ...

Read more...