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Microchip Launches Two New In-Circuit Debuggers/Programmers Targeting Affordability and Speed

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Microchip launches two new in-circuit debuggers/programmers targeting affordability and speed. In order to catch up to the fast-growing embedded development advances and enhance affordability, speed to market and convenience Microchip is offering two new tools. MPLAB ICD 5 and MPLAB PICkit 5 in-circuit debuggers and programmers offer the latest remote programming features to enhance user experience.

MPLAB ICD 5 in-circuit debugger/programmer is offering advanced connectivity and power options for developers of designs based on the PIC AVR and SAM devices and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). It reduces the need for power cables, the tool can be used where space is a vital concern. The unit can be powered by a USB Type-C connection to a PC, or Power over the Ethernet (PoE)+ and is fast according to the company.

The MPLAB ICD 5’s fast flexible and convenient PoE+ allows the device to be powered by the same type of cables used by many other devices and are commonly available to anyone. Additionally, the PoE+ offers not only flexibility but also an Ethernet connection that allows for remote development and isolation from environmental conditions.

“The MPLAB ICD 5 in-circuit debugger/programmer expands Microchip’s mid-range debugger portfolio to provide additional capabilities and high-end features often reserved for more expensive products,” said Rodger Richey, Senior Director of Microchip’s Development Systems business unit. “The cutting-edge hardware and wireless connectivity options make this tool extremely versatile and easy to use when designing a variety of applications.”

The MPLAB PICkit 5 is also a debugger and programmer, that is a more flexible version of its predecessor. It can be used while connected to a computer with MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) or in the field.

This device is compatible with all architectures offered by Microchip. This tool is fast and portable according to the company, and is capable of remote programming. It uses the Microchip Programmer-to-Go (PTG) smartphone application.

The unit uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio to allow developers to connect to the device through their smartphones via the PTG application. Multiple program images can be selected on the SD card through the app, allowing users to program different images in the field.


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“The MPLAB PICkit 5 in-circuit debugger/programmer maintains the speed and small form factor of its predecessors while expanding the portability aspect of our product offering,” said Richey. “The ability to select various programs in the field and utilize our custom app provides a lot of versatility for programming.”

To find out more about the MPLAB ICD 5 and PICkit 5 check out the product pages.



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