The PICkit(TM) Serial Analyzer, from Microchip Technology, is a new tool that enables design engineers to easily interface with circuits that are embedded deep within serial systems using any Windows-based PC, for a very low initial investment.
The new PICkit Serial Analyzer comes complete with a 28-pin demo board populated with a PIC16F886 Mid-Range 8-bit microcontroller. The kit’s hardware and Graphical User Interface (GUI) software allow communication between the PC and several industry-standard serial protocols on the microcontroller being tested, including I2C(TM), SPI and USART.
Today’s design engineers must develop firmware to communicate via serial communication protocols to a number of components typically found in embedded systems. The PICkit Serial Analyzer provides engineers with a tool to test and debug serial communication firmware at a purchase price of only $49.99 for the complete kit. Included are user’s guides for both the PICkit Serial Analyzer and the 28-pin demo board, complete source code, selected application notes, and Microchip’s free MPLAB(R) IDE integrated development environmentâ€”enabling new users to easily enter the world of embedded control. The kit also comes with a GUI that enables designers to easily analyze the various serial communication protocols, as well as create and save scripts.
The PICkit Serial Analyzer (Part #DV164122) is available now for $49.99 and includes Microchip’s 28-pin PIC16F886 Flash microcontroller demo board, USB cable and CD. Additionally, the 28-pin demo board (Part #DM164120-3) may be purchased separately for $24.99 and comes with one populated and two bare boards.