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Connectivity for PIC24 MCU and dsPIC DSC Families Microchip offers support for a variety of wired and wireless communication protocols, including peripheral devices and solutions that are integrated with a microcontroller or digital signal controller. Many of these communication libraries are integrated into the Microchip Libraries for Applications (MLA) which can be downloaded at www.microchip.com/MLA. This includes software libraries, drivers and demo code. Additional software libraries are listed at www.microchip.com/libraries. USB There are many PIC24 MCU and dsPIC DSC families with integrated USB which include support for device, host and On-The-Go functionality. These products are supported by the PIC24F Starter Kit (DM240011), dsPIC DSC USB Starter Kit (DM330012) as well as the Explorer 16 Board (DM240001) with USB PICtail Plus Daughter Card (AC164131) and one of the USB Processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs). Microchip’s free USB framework includes USB software libraries as well as a comprehensive set of host and device drivers including Human Interface Device (HID) class for user interfaces, and Mass Storage Device (MSD) class for memory devices as well as CDC, PHDC, custom, audio, printer and demo code including thumb drive bootloader, and printer host. The USB libraries, drivers and demo code are all available with the MLA download. CAN and LIN Many of the dsPIC DSCs and PIC24 products include integrated CAN functionality which is ideal for applications requiring robust communications with a high-speed, reliable industry standard protocol. Vector CANbedded™ and osCAN™ development solutions support PIC24 MCU and dsPIC DSC products with embedded CAN Controllers. LIN support is integrated into many products for low-cost, single-wire serial communication for automotive applications. A CAN/LIN PICtail Plus Daughter Board (AC164130-2) is available to plug into the Explorer 16 (DM240001) for developing embedded CAN or LIN applications. This must be used with a processor Plug-In Module (PIM) for a compatible PIC24 MCU or dsPIC DSC product. 10 16-bit Embedded Control Solutions Wireless Microchip offers a wide range of wireless modules ranging from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and various Personal Area Networks. These fully certified surface mount modules allow you to quickly and seamlessly add wireless connectivity to their applications. The wirless modules allow you to bypass costly and timely RF design, Bluetooth certification and governmental certifications to get designs to market faster. For wireless sensors and other battery operated application, the eXtreme Low Power PIC24 MUCs are ideal companions to Microchip’s RN4020 Bluetooth Low Energy wirless modules, enables low power wirless networks. The PIC MCU and RN4020 wirless module interface easily using a UART connection. Together the XLP MCU and RN4020 module allow for connection to Bluetooth-enabled devices smartphones, making it easy to add internet connection to your embedded application for remote command and control. IrDA The IrDA standard is an inexpensive method for providing wireless point-to-point communication. Microchip’s free IrDA stack is available to support 16-bit MCUs with integrated IrDA support, enabling a cost effective wireless connection with plenty of computing power left for other tasks. www.microchip.com/connectivity


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