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Microchip – Two new development tools for Arduino compatible chipKIT ecosystem (Digilent chipKIT WF32)

Jan 22 2014 - Subs & Systems [More Subs & Systems Articles]

Microchip has announced the expansion of its Arduino compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, Inc., and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimises the need for users to purchase additional hardware or shields, by integrating Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32MX695F512L MCU with Full Speed USB 2.0 Host/Device/OTG, its agency-certified MRF24WG0MA Wi-Fi module and an energy-saving switch-mode power supply that employs Microchip’s MCP16301 DC-DC converter, in addition to a microSD card – all while maintaining an Arduino hardware-compatible form factor.

The Digilent’s chipKIT Motor Control Shield enables the development of applications using a wide variety of motor types, including servos, steppers and DCs, while allowing users to take advantage of the extra I/O pins found on many of the chipKIT development boards. This additional I/O provides added connectivity and more features than traditional, lower pin-count Arduino shields.

On the software side, an embedded cloud software framework enables designers to easily create Internet of Things (IoT) applications with the chipKIT WF32. Additionally, Digilent facilitates the rapid development of wireless HTTP server applications, via its comprehensive sample application that supports static pages loaded from the chipKIT WF32′s microSD card, as well as dynamically generated Web pages.

The combination of Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 base board and its HTTP server example application provides hobbyists, students and academics with an easy way to add wireless connectivity to their Arduino projects. This board also provides professional engineers with a rapid method for evaluating Wi-Fi in their embedded designs, and for creating embedded cloud computing services using Exosite. Additionally, as with all chipKIT base boards, the chipKIT WF32 can be connected to Microchip’s PICkit 3 programmer/debugger, allowing users to seamlessly move into Microchip’s professional MPLAB X IDE and XC32 C and C++ compilers.

Robotics applications are particularly popular with hobbyists, students and academics, and their robots are driven by the motor types that the chipKIT Motor Control Shield is designed to support.

Microchip’s PIC32 MCUs enable a high level of integrated features and capabilities onto a single board, reducing development costs and complexity for hobbyists, academics and professional engineers, says the company.

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