Microchip Announces Free Code Configuration Plug-In for MPLAB(r) X IDE Makes it Faster and Easier to Develop Firmware on

This code development tool enables developers to enhance the design experience with faster application development. Based on the popularity of this tool for 8-bit products, Microchip has added support for more than 50 16-bit devices into the latest release of the MPLAB Code Configurator.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the expansion of its MPLAB® Code Configurator Plug-In to support 16-bit PIC® MCUs, in addition to the 8-bit devices already supported. This code development tool enables developers to enhance the design experience with faster application development. Based on the popularity of this tool for 8-bit products, Microchip has added support for more than 50 16-bit devices into the latest release of the MPLAB Code Configurator.

The MPLAB Code Configurator is a free user friendly plug-in tool for the MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that leverages drivers and GUI for controlling and driving the peripherals inside PIC microcontrollers with simple and clearly documented driver APIs. The configurator tool simplifies software development, using an intuitive GUI to configure peripherals, accelerating time to market for customers designing with 8- and 16-bit PIC microcontrollers. It is easy to change peripheral configurations or add/remove peripherals from your project. Also, the generated code is reliable and designed for efficient use of CPU and memory resources.

The tool offers many powerful features such as visual setup for I/O pin management with both a chip-level and tabular view. Also, once a system-level clock rate is set, the tool will automatically calculate timer periods, duty cycles and baud rates for peripherals. With a simple drag-and-drop style interface, this tool generates easy-to-read code that includes peripheral configuration setup, drivers and pin mapping to efficiently solve application development obstacles. Designers can benefit from this easy-to-use code development solution, which is better able to meet their ever-shorter product design schedules and decreasing budgets.

“The MPLAB Code Configurator not only simplifies the development effort, but also reduces time to market,” said Joe Thomsen, vice president of Microchip’s MCU16 Division. “This tool, which now includes support for PIC24 families, provides a simple graphical interface to setup the device peripherals and pins, giving users a head start in their application code development.”

The MPLAB Code Configurator is available today, via a free download from www.microchip.com/MPLABCodeConfig-Page-012615a. More than 50 16-bit PIC MCU products in six different families are now supported in this latest release, including the PIC24FJ128GA310, PIC24F16KM204, PIC24FJ128GC010, PIC24FJ128GB204, PIC24FJ64GB004 and PIC24FJ64GA104 families. In addition, more than 140 8-bit PIC MCU products are supported in the latest release including the newly added PIC16LF155X, PIC16F161X, PIC16F17XX and PIC18F14K22 families.

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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com/Homepage-012615a.