Next-gen ICD features unparalleled speed and flexibility

Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Next-gen ICD features unparalleled speed and flexibility

 

Manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analogue semiconductors, Microchip has announced the MPLAB ICD 4, an in-circuit programming and debugging development tool for Microchip’s PIC microcontroller and dsPIC digital signal controller portfolios.

The MPLAB ICD 4 includes all the features of the popular MPLAB ICD 3 debugger while adding increased speed through a faster processor and increased RAM.

The MPLAB ICD 4’s significant improvement in speed is accomplished through a 32-bit MCU running at 300MHz. Faster processing, together with an increased buffer memory of 2MB, results in a product that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

The puck-shaped MPLAB ICD 4 is housed in a durable, black case with a brushed aluminum top and is accented with an LED light strip to indicate debugging status. The tool offers the following features:

  • A wider target voltage range, from 1.20 to 5.5V.
  • An optional 1A of power (using an external power supply).
  • Selectable pull-up/pull-down option to the target interface.
  • Configurable interface speed for optimised programming and debugging.
  • Intelligent, robust interface with fault detection and immunity.
  • JTAG debugging capability.

Microchip’s MPLAB ICD 4 is easy to use and supports all PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers in Microchip’s portfolio through the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This simplifies the design process for customers when they choose to migrate from one PIC MCU to another to meet the needs of their application.

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