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NEWS FROM MICROCHIP Microchip launches free, cloud-based development platform; providing an easy way to get started with PIC® MCUs Microchip announces its MPLAB® Xpress Cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE). 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. Microchip’s free, cloud-based IDE brings the most popular features of the award-winning MPLAB X IDE to Internetconnected PCs, laptops or tablets. MPLAB Xpress offers the industry’s most comprehensive feature set, including a library of Microchip-validated code examples, interface to MPLAB Code Confi gurator (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 costeffective 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 Microchip’s popular PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer, which provides programming and debugging capabilities for over 1,000 PIC MCUs. The Web-based MPLAB Xpress reduces the installation time to zero while enabling users to build an entire application within minutes. Users can open a browser and quickly generate code via the integrated MPLAB Code Confi gurator which integrates with MPLAB Xpress: this is a feature which is not available with any other cloud-based IDE. Users can then test that code with the included simulator, compile the code and then programme and debug their target MCU. MPLABXpress.microchip.com Key Facts: MPLAB® Xpress IDE is the industry’s most comprehensive online development environment Only cloud-based IDE with integrated Code Confi gurator Hardware development with any USB-enabled PC, laptop or tablet via Microchip’s MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board Designers can create an application, simulate, compile code, programme and debug an MCU No downloads, sign-in or setup required to start designing The MPLAB Xpress Community allows users to get their project started quickly, solve problems, and inspire others by sharing ideas and knowledge. The “Examples” section provides easy, searchable access to MCU code developed and validated by Microchip engineers, such as setup, basic functions and advanced projects. Designers can add to this knowledge base by making any of their stored projects accessible to the rest of the user community. To facilitate further discussion and collaboration, a dedicated MPLAB Xpress User Forum and Wiki are also available. To access MPLAB Xpress; view getting-started and application demo videos; request one of a limited number of free MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Boards; or to fi nd additional information, visit Microchip’s Embedded World booth (Hall 1: Booth 1-510) Get started in 3 easy steps with Test Drive mode 1. Access Microchip validated Code Examples (no sign-in) 2. Edit your code; simulate, and compile… 3. Program the MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board 14 2016 Show Guide www.electronics-eetimes.com


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