Microchip Multimedia Expansion Board, mTouch Cap Touch Evaluation Kit

Microchip Technology introduced the Multimedia Expansion Board and enhanced mTouch Cap Touch Evaluation Kit. The Multimedia Expansion Board enables development of highly interactive, graphics-based interfaces with network connectivity. The enhanced mTouch Cap Touch Evaluation Kit adds a new board for implementing capacitive touch sensing with the PIC32. The Multimedia Expansion Board (part # DM320005, $249.99) and the enhanced mTouch Cap Touch Evaluation Kit (part # DM183026-2, $99.95) are both available now.

The Multimedia Expansion Board is a modular add-on to any PIC32 Starter Kit. The board demonstrates how to implement a flexible graphics display strategy that is not dependent on controller-based QVGA Display Modules, which are frequently obsoleted. It also includes a high-quality 24-bit stereo audio codec line out, headphone and microphone jacks, integrated FCC-certified Wi-Fi, an on-board 3-axis accelerometer and a 5-position joystick.

The enhanced mTouch Cap Touch Evaluation Kit includes a new board for development with the PIC32. It features capacitive touch-sensing keys and sliders, which enable designers to evaluate this interface in their applications using the Windows OS-based mTouch Diagnostic Tool. The software tool provides an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) for developing cap-touch buttons and sliders, and is included in the free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment.

When combined with its other included boards, the enhanced mTouch Cap Touch Evaluation Kit helps designers to evaluate all of Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers, providing a scalable capacitive touch sensing development platform for a wide range of design needs. The additional software libraries, source code and other support materials that come with the board further shorten development cycles and reduce design costs.

More info: Microchip Technology