Microchip MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18 Microcontrollers

Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18 Microcontrollers (part # DM180021). The PIC18 MCU kit contains all of the components, documentation, schematics, debugging and programming capabilities needed to evaluate the high-performance PIC18 8-bit microcontroller family in low-power USB and touch-sensing applications. The MPLAB Starter Kit includes a development board featuring a 44-pin PIC18F46J50 MCU with nanoWatt XLP technology for extreme low power, mTouch capacitive touch sensing, Bosch Sensortec BMA150 accelerometer, and 64 KB Flash program memory. The evaluation kit is available now for $59.98.

Microchip MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18 Microcontrollers Features

  • Functions as a USB mouse, joystick or mass storage device all using the on-board capacitive touch sense pads
  • Includes a MicroSD memory card, potentiometer, acceleration sensor, and OLED display
  • On-board debugger and programming
  • Completely USB-powered
  • Microchip’s FREE USB bootloader and software framework
    • Demonstrates PIC18 Family:

    • PIC18F46J50 8-bit MCU
    • 64KB Flash and 4KB RAM
    • nanoWatt XLP for extreme low power
    • mTouch capacitive touch sensing
    • USB communication

Microchip MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18 MicrocontrollersThe MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18 Microcontrollers features integrated hardware debugging and programming. As a result, an additional debugger or programmer is not required. The kit is completely USB-powered, so a separate power supply does not need to be purchased. Pre-programmed touch-sensing code, as well as Microchip’s free USB application stack and bootloader, eliminate the need for engineers to develop their own code.

The board also includes demo application software that enables it to read from the memory card (MSD), or function as a USB mouse or joystick (HID), or simple COM port (CDC) using the free Microchip stacks. By simply scrolling through code options using capacitive-touch buttons, engineers can demonstrate the PIC18 MCUs with a MicroSD memory card, potentiometer, acceleration sensor, and OLED display — functions that are essential for a wide range of low-power applications.

The MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18 Microcontrollers includes the Bosch Sensortec BMA150 digital triaxial accelerometer, which enables the PIC18 Starter Kit board to detect acceleration in 3 perpendicular axes for sensing the board’s tilt and motion. The board ships with demo code that enables it to function as a USB mouse or joystick using the accelerometer. Acceleration on all three axes is used to compute the board tilt, which is then converted to movement of the mouse cursor on the X and Y axes. The accelerometer enables the cursor to move slowly when the board is tilted a small amount, and quickly when there is a steeper tilt.

More information: Microchip Technology MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC18F (pdf)