Free, cloud-based development platform for Microchip's PIC

February 15, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Microchip is offering free access to its MPLAB Xpress Cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE), an online development platform to help designers get started with its PIC microcontrollers, no downloads, no sign-in or nor any setup required.

The cloud-based IDE works with internet-connected PCs, laptops or tablet, offering a comprehensive feature set, including a library of Microchip-validated code examples, interface to MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) 3.0 for GUI-based MCU peripheral setup and automatic code generation, integrated MPLAB XC compilers, support for programmer/debugger hardware, and 10 GB of secure online storage with a myMicrochip account. Users can migrate their projects to the full, downloadable MPLAB X IDE. Additionally, the MPLAB Xpress Community enables developers to share their code, design ideas and knowledge.

Cloud-based hardware development is supported by connecting any USB-enabled PC, laptop or tablet to tools such as the MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board. This development board features an integrated programmer, a PIC16F18855 MCU and a mikroBUS header for system expansion with MikroElektronika's more than 180 Click boards.

The MPLAB Xpress IDE also supports Microchip’s Curiosity Development Board, a cost-effective tool with integrated programmer and debugger, as well as expansion options for add-on boards and external connectivity. Additionally, this online IDE can be used with Microchip’s PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer, which provides programming and debugging capabilities for over 1,000 PIC MCUs.

Visit Microchip at www.microchip.com