Chandler, Ariz. Microchip Technology Inc.'s PICkit 2 development programmer now supports in-circuit debugging of selected Microchip PIC microcontroller products. This enables engineers, students and anyone with an interest to easily begin development and evaluation with PIC microcontrollers for a very low initial investment.
The new PICkit 2 Debug Express Kit features a 44-pin demo board populated with a PIC16F917 microcontroller, and connects to any personal computer via USB. Its in-circuit debugging features include halt, single step and setting a breakpoint.
The main barriers to entering the world of microcontroller code development and embedded programming are the cost and complexity of development tools. The PICkit 2 Debug Express eliminates these barriers with a purchase price of $49.99USD for the complete kit. Included are 12 easy-to-understand tutorials that allow users to learn at their own pace (source code provided), along with Microchip's free MPLAB IDE integrated development environment and a host of other software, enabling new users to easily enter the world of embedded control.
Customers who already own the PICkit 2 programmer need only download the Debug Express firmware from Microchip's Web site
www.microchip.com/mickit to utilize the new functionality. Existing PICkit 2 programmer users can also purchase the new 44-pin demo board (DM164120-2), or use the debug-enabled programmer on existing demonstration boards, such as the PICDEM Mechatronics (DM163029).
Available now, the PICkit 2 Debug Express (DV164121) is $49.99USD, coming complete with Microchip's 44-pin PIC16F917 Flash microcontroller demo board, and including the programmer, USB cable and CDs. For customers who already own the PICkit 2 programmer, the 44-pin demo board (DM164120-2) is available for $23.99USD.
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