Microchip Rolls Out Two New Entry-Level Development Tools

8/31/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the Signal Analysis PICtailTM Daughter Board, part #AC164120, and the Baseline Flash Microcontroller Programmer (BFMP), part #PG164101.

The Signal Analysis PICtail Daughter Board and accompanying PC software, when plugged into the PICkitTM 1 Flash Starter Kit, enables engineers to analyze analog signals as processed by Microchip’s low pin-count PIC® 8-bit microcontrollers. This new daughter board, with its Graphical User Interface (GUI), provides designers with a tool box for learning and evaluating the capabilities of low pin-count PIC microcontrollers without expensive test equipment or tools.

The BFMP is a simple In-Circuit Serial ProgrammingTM (ICSPTM) programmer intended to be used with any of Microchip’s new baseline Flash PIC 8-bit microcontrollers. The BFMP provides the least expensive programming method, and includes standard ICSP support and stand-alone programming for the PIC10F 6-pin family, when paired with the PIC10F2XX Programmer Adapter, part #AC163020. Utilizing USB and the included GUI, the BFMP allows users to easily read, write and verify Microchip’s Flash-based, baseline PIC microcontrollers.

“With the introduction of these two development tools, Microchip continues to make it easy for designers to try our PIC microcontrollers,” said Steve Drehobl, Vice President of Microchip’s Security, Microcontroller and Technology Division. “The Signal Analysis PICtail Daughter Board and BFMP allow users to get up and running with a very small time and financial investment.”

The Signal Analysis PICtail Daughter Board is an add-on board to the popular and low-cost PICkit 1 Flash Starter Kit that contains the 14-pin PIC16F684 8-bit Flash microcontroller and 16 Kbytes of serial EEPROM memory. When the Signal Analysis board is plugged into PICkit 1 Flash Starter Kit and used with the accompanying Signal Analysis PC software, the designer can perform real-time measurements and display them on a strip chart. Engineers can also acquire data, which can then be processed and analyzed in an oscilloscope plot, FFT or histogram. By including an easy-to-use PC software program, this daughter board can be used both to explore new concepts, and to process and display data in traditional formats that are familiar to design engineers.

The BFMP is compatible with all of Microchip’s new baseline PIC 8-bit Flash microcontrollers, including the PIC10F200/202/204/206, PIC12F508/509, PIC16F505 and PIC16F54/57/59. It provides a 6-pin linear ICSP header for standard ICSP support. The BFMP’s powered USB connection eliminates the need for an external power supply.

Availability and Pricing
The Signal Analysis PICtail Daughter Board (part #AC164120) and the BFMP (part #PG164101) are both available now for $25.00 each. For additional information, please contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit http://buy.microchip.com.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. PICtail, PICkit, In-Circuit Serial Programming and ICSP are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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