Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its Arduino compatible chipKIT
platform ecosystem with new tools from partners Digilent, Inc., the Fair
Use Building and Research (FUBAR) Labs, and Schmalz Haus LLC. These new
tools are based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) in
prototyping-friendly, low pin count SOIC or SPDIP packages, which were
previously more common in 8-bit MCUs, for the Arduino community. This
enables all users—including hobbyists, students
and professionals—to benefit from the PIC32’s high performance, memory
and integrated peripherals while using the basic hobbyist prototyping
equipment that is found in most home workshops.
Digilent’s chipKIT DP32 board
features basic I/O and interface components, expanding the 32-bit
chipKIT ecosystem while providing a low-cost, Arduino-compatible
development platform with a great out-of-the-box user experience.
The chipKIT Fubarino Mini board,
from the partnership between FUBAR Labs and Schmalz Haus, also provides
a great option for Arduino-compatible development with 32-bit PIC32
MCUs, using a prototyping-friendly board form factor.
users who wish to build applications without a development board,
Microchip is also making the prototyping-friendly PIC32 MCUs in PDIP
packages available with the preprogrammed chipKIT USB Bootloader. Specifically,
the preprogrammed PIC32MX250F128B is available in a 28-pin package. The
advanced features on this 32-bit microcontroller include 40 MHz
performance, 128 KB Flash and 32 KB RAM, along with integrated
peripherals for touch sensing, graphics, audio processing, USB and
The chipKIT Fubarino Mini (part #
TCHIP011) from FUBAR Labs and Schmalz Haus is available today for $19.95
each. It can be purchased from microchipDIRECT.
Digilent’s chipKIT DP32 board (part # TDGL019) is priced at $23.99 each. It will be available on May 17 at microchipDIRECT, and in June from Digilent’s e-Commerce site.
32-bit PIC32MX250F128B MCU preprogrammed with the chipKIT USB
Bootloader (part # TCHIP-USB-MX250F128B) will be available on May 24,
starting at $5.95 each in single-unit quantities, from microchipDIRECT.
For more information on any of the above products, or for additional chipKIT resources, please visit the chipKIT Community Site.