MPLAB code development tool now supports 16-bit PIC MCUs

27-01-2015 | Microchip Technology | Design & Manufacture

Microchip has announced the expansion of its MPLAB Code Configurator Plug-In
to support 16-bit PIC MCUs, in addition to the 8-bit devices already
supported. The code development tool enables developers to enhance the
design experience with faster application development. Based on the
popularity of this tool for 8-bit products, Microchip has added support for
more than 50 16-bit devices into the latest release of the MPLAB Code

The MPLAB Code Configurator is a free user-friendly plug-in tool for the
MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that leverages drivers and
GUI for controlling and driving the peripherals inside PIC microcontrollers
with simple and clearly documented driver APIs. The configurator tool
simplifies software development, using an intuitive GUI to configure
peripherals, accelerating time to market for customers designing with 8- and
16-bit PIC microcontrollers. It is easy to change peripheral configurations
or add/remove peripherals from a project. Also, the generated code is
reliable and designed for efficient use of CPU and memory resources.

The tool offers many powerful features such as visual setup for I/O pin
management with both a chip-level and tabular view. Also, once a
system-level clock rate is set, the tool will automatically calculate timer
periods, duty cycles and baud rates for peripherals. 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 better able to
meet their ever-shorter product design schedules and decreasing budgets.

The MPLAB Code Configurator is available via a free download. More than 50
16-bit PIC MCU products in six different families are now supported in this
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 newly added PIC16LF155X, PIC16F161X,
PIC16F17XX and PIC18F14K22 families, says the company.

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