16-bit MCUs added to code development plug-in tool

26th January 2015
Posted By : Barney Scott
16-bit MCUs added to code development plug-in tool

Microchip has extended its MPLAB Code Configurator Plug-In to support 16-bit PIC MCUs. In addition to the 8-bit devices already supported, Microchip has added support for more than 50 16-bit devices into the latest release of the MPLAB Code Configurator, a code development tool aiming to enable developers to enhance the design experience with faster application development.

The MPLAB Code Configurator is a free, user-friendly plug-in tool for the MPLAB X IDE, combining drivers and GUI for controlling and driving the peripherals inside PIC MCUs with simple and clearly documented driver APIs. The configurator tool simplifies software development, using an intuitive GUI to configure peripherals, allowing customers working with 8- and 16-bit PIC MCUs to accelerate their designs and cut time to market.

The MPLAB Code Configurator makes it easy to change peripheral configurations or add/remove peripherals from a project. The generated code is reliable and designed for efficient use of CPU and memory resources.

The tool, which offers powerful features such as visual setup for I/O pin management with both a chip-level and tabular view, automatically calculates timer periods, duty cycles and baud rates for peripherals once a system-level clock rate is set.

With a simple drag-and-drop style interface, this tool generates easy-to-read code that includes peripheral configuration setup, drivers and pin mapping to efficiently solve application development obstacles. Designers can benefit from this easy-to-use code development solution, which is able to meet ever-shorter product design schedules and decreasing budgets.

The MPLAB Code Configurator is available via a free download from Microchip. More than 50 16-bit PIC MCU products in six different families are supported in the latest release, including the PIC24FJ128GA310, PIC24F16KM204, PIC24FJ128GC010, PIC24FJ128GB204, PIC24FJ64GB004 and PIC24FJ64GA104 families. In addition, more than 140 8-bit PIC MCU products are supported in the latest release including the PIC16LF155X, PIC16F161X, PIC16F17XX and PIC18F14K22 families.

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