Acquired Electronics360

Semiconductors and Components

In-Circuit Debugger Combines Speed with Flexibility

18 August 2017

Source: Microchip Technology Inc.Source: Microchip Technology Inc.

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has launched an in-circuit programming and debugging development tool for Microchip’s PIC® microcontroller (MCU) and dsPIC® digital signal controller portfolios. The MPLAB ICD 4 debugger includes all the features of the popular MPLAB ICD 3 tool while adding increased speed through a faster processor and increased RAM.

The improvement in speed is accomplished through a 32-bit MCU running at 300 MHz. The faster processing, along with an increased buffer memory of 2 MB, results in a product that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

The puck-shaped MPLAB ICD 4 is housed in a durable, black case with a brushed aluminum top and is accented with an LED light strip to indicate debugging status.

The tool features:

  • A wider target voltage range, from 1.20 to 5.5 V
  • An optional 1 amp of power (using an external power supply)
  • Selectable pull-up/pull-down option to the target interface
  • Configurable interface speed for optimized programming and debugging
  • Intelligent, robust interface with fault detection and immunity
  • JTAG debugging capability

Microchip’s MPLAB ICD 4 development tool is easy to use and supports all PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers in Microchip’s portfolio through the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This simplifies the design process for customers when they choose to migrate from one PIC MCU to another to meet the needs of their application.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com


Powered by CR4, the Engineering Community

Discussion – 0 comments

By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and Terms of Use.
Engineering Newsletter Signup
Get the Engineering360
Stay up to date on:
Features the top stories, latest news, charts, insights and more on the end-to-end electronics value chain.
Advertisement
Weekly Newsletter
Get news, research, and analysis
on the Electronics industry in your
inbox every week - for FREE
Sign up for our FREE eNewsletter
Advertisement

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date Event Location
30 Nov-01 Dec 2017 Helsinki, Finland
23-27 Apr 2018 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
18-22 Jun 2018 Honolulu, Hawaii
Find Free Electronics Datasheets
Advertisement