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December 04, 2013

Embedded M2M Solutions - Microchip Adds New Tools, Software Framework to Arduino-compatible chipKIT Ecosystem

To provide hobbyists, makers, students and academics an easy way to add wireless connectivity to their Arduino projects, Microchip Technology (News - Alert) Inc. added two new development tools from Digilent, Inc. and an embedded cloud software framework to its Arduino-compatible chipKIT ecosystem.

Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board integrates with 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, along with a microSD card—all while maintaining an Arduino hardware-compatible form factor.

With Digilent’s chipKIT Motor Control Shield, applications can be developed using a wide variety of motor types, including Servos, Steppers and DCs.  Users can also take advantage of the extra I/O pins found on many of the chipKIT development boards. In comparison to traditional, lower pin-count Arduino shields, this additional I/O provides added connectivity and more features.

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

The combination of Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 base board and its HTTP server example application 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, like 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.

“These new boards and software further demonstrate the flexibility and advanced capabilities of the growing chipKIT ecosystem,” said Derek Carlson, Microchip’s vice president of Development Tools, in a statement. “Using Microchip’s PIC32 MCUs enables a high level of integrated features and capabilities onto a single board, reducing development costs and complexity for hobbyists, academics and professional engineers, alike.”

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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