Microchip Unveils 2 Arduino Compatible Boards, and a Prototype-Friendly PIC32 MCU

Microchip Technology has announced several new tools,  expanding its Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem, based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) available in  low pin count SOIC or SPDIP packages.

Digilent chipKIT DP32
Digilent chipKIT DP32

Digilent’s chipKIT DP32 board features basic I/O and interface components, including a prototyping aera, user buttons, and a potentiometer. The board (part # TDGL019) costs $23.9, and should be available on May 17 at microchipDIRECT.

ChipKIT Fubarino
ChipKIT Fubarino

The chipKIT Fubarino Mini board, from a partnership between FUBAR Labs and Schmalz Haus, provides another option for Arduino-compatible development with 32-bit PIC32 MCUs, using a smaller form factor. The board is supposed to be available today for $19.95 on microchipDIRECT, but I could not find it yet.

If you don’t want/need a development board,  the company also provides PIC32MX250F128B MCU in PDIP package (28-pin) preprogrammed with chipKIT USB Bootloader.  This MCU, clocked up to 40Mhz, includes 128 KB Flash and 32 KB RAM, as well as  integrated peripherals for touch sensing, graphics, audio processing, USB and control applications. So you can just plug it into a breadboard together with other components, and start developing your own applications. This MCU (part # TCHIP-USB-MX250F128B) should be available on May 24, for $5.95 on microchipDIRECT.

You can also get the 2 development boards at a discount, if you go to the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 18 & 19, 2013. More information is available on chipKIT Community Site.

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