What is MPLAB IDE? MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a free, integrated toolset for the development of embedded applications employing Microchip's PICmicro® and dsPIC® microcontrollers. MPLAB IDE runs as a 32-bit application on MS Windows®, is easy to use and includes a host of free software components for fast application development and super-charged debugging. MPLAB IDE also serves as a single, unified graphical user interface for additional Microchip and third party software and hardware development tools. Moving between tools is a snap, and upgrading from the free simulator to MPLAB ICD 2 or the MPLAB ICE emulator is done in a flash because MPLAB IDE has the same user interface for all tools.
Don't know where to start? Download MPLAB IDE and use the MPLAB IDE Quick Start manual to explore how easy it is to create an application. Write assembly code, build and assemble your project with MPLAB's wizards, then test your code with the built-in simulator and debugger. Explore the capabilities of all the Microchip microcontrollers. When you are ready to test your own application, use MPLAB ICD 2 to program a device and analyze your hardware, or choose the PICSTART® Plus or MPLAB PM3 programmers to program your code. For the ultimate in analysis, rely upon the MPLAB ICE 2000 and MPLAB ICE 4000 in-circuit emulators to help find the toughest bugs and fine tune your application.
Want to write your code in C? Choose MPLAB C18, the highly optimized compiler for the PIC18 series microcontrollers, or try the newest Microchip's language tools compiler, MPLAB C30, targeted at the high performance PIC24 and dsPIC digital signal controllers. Or, use one of the many products from third party language tools vendors. They integrate into MPLAB IDE to function transparently from the MPLAB project manager, editor and debugger.
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