Engineers Benefit from Microchip's New PICkit 1 Flash Starter Kit

4/1/2003 - Microchip Technology Inc, a leader in providing microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PICkitTM 1 Flash Starter Kit, a low-cost, easy-to-use programmer, evaluation and development kit for the company's 8- and 14-pin Flash-based PIC12F629, PIC12F675, PIC16F630 and PIC16F676 microcontrollers. Available today for $36 (US) through distribution, the low-cost starter kit is ideal for engineers or educational institutions designing with 8-bit Flash microcontrollers. The PICkit 1 Flash Starter Kit gives users the benefits of creating advanced microcontroller designs for a very low price.

Functioning as a development platform, the 3- by 4.5-inch printed circuit board features a USB-powered programming tool for PICmicro® Flash microcontrollers that will run on a personal computer. The board's evaluation area features eight LEDs, one potentiometer, one switch and a sample 8-pin PIC12F675 Flash device. The development area features a snap-off prototype board that enables users to connect external circuitry to the microcontroller for quick set-up of an application-specific prototype. Programming the PICmicro Flash microcontroller is provided by the standalone graphical user interface (GUI).

The PICkit 1 Flash Starter Kit includes:

The MPLAB IDE is a seamless, integrated software development environment that includes a MPASMTM macro assembler, MPLAB SIM software simulator with symbolic debugger, color-coded source editor, project manager with high-level language debugging and concurrent support for development tools, including low-cost in-circuit debuggers, full-featured real-time emulators, and programmers. The consistent and easy-to-use graphic user interface of the MPLAB desktop allows for rapid switching between development, debugging and programming modes within a project. With its rich feature set, extensive on-line help, and intuitive graphical user interface, MPLAB IDE significantly reduces a designer's learning curve and product development cycle.

The 8-pin PIC12F629 and PIC12F675 devices and the 14-pin PIC16F630 and PIC16F676 devices offer 1792 bytes of Flash program memory, 64 bytes of RAM memory, and 128 bytes of EEPROM memory with 1,000,000 erase/write cycles. The PIC12F675 and PIC16F676 feature a 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The microcontrollers offer analog and digital peripherals, including a comparator module, voltage reference and Timer 1 oscillator, to form a cost-effective solution for a variety of applications. Future 8- and 14-pin PICmicro® Flash devices will also be supported by the PICkit 1 tool. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor or visit

Microchip Technology Inc. manufactures the popular PICmicro® field-programmable RISC microcontrollers, which serve 8- and 16-bit embedded control applications, and a broad spectrum of high performance linear and mixed-signal, power management and thermal management devices. The Company also offers complementary microperipheral products including interface devices; microID® RFID devices; serial EEPROMs; and the patented KEELOQ® security devices. This synergistic product portfolio targets thousands of applications and a growing demand for high-performance designs in the automotive, communications, computing, consumer and industrial control markets.

The Company's quality systems are ISO 9001 (1994 version) and QS9000 (1998 version) certified. Microchip is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona with design facilities in Mountain View, California, Bangalore, India; and a European Design Center in Lausanne, Switzerland; semiconductor fabrication facilities in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona; Gresham, Oregon; and Puyallup, Washington; and assembly and test operations near Bangkok, Thailand. Microchip employs approximately 3,350 people worldwide and has sales offices throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and the Americas. More information on the Company can be found at

The Microchip name and logo, PIC, PICmicro, microID, MPLAB, MPASM, and KeeLoq are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. PICkit and PICC Lite are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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