Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analogue semiconductors has released the PICkit serial analyser, the new offering in the popular PICkit development tool series. The new PICkit serial analyser enables design engineers to easily interface with circuits that are embedded deep within serial systems using any Windows-based PC, for a low initial investment.
The new PICkit serial analyser comes complete with a 28-pin demo board populated with a PIC16F886 Mid-Range 8-bit microcontroller. The kit’s hardware and Graphical User Interface (GUI) software allow communication between the PC and several industry-standard serial protocols on the microcontroller being tested, including I2C, SPI and USART.
Today’s design engineers must develop firmware to communicate via serial communication protocols to a number of components typically found in embedded systems. The PICkit Serial Analyzer provides engineers with a tool to test and debug serial communication firmware.
Included are user’s guides for both the PICkit serial analyzer and the 28-pin demo board, complete source code, selected application notes, and Microchip’s free MPLAB IDE integrated development environment, enabling new users to easily enter the world of embedded control. The kit also comes with a GUI that enables designers to easily analyse the various serial communication protocols, as well as create and save scripts.
According to firmware Microchip Development Tools, serial communication between components is commonplace in the embedded world. Yet there are few affordable tools available to help engineers develop the necessary. With the PICkit Serial Analyzer, Microchip continues to provide engineers with low-cost, easy-to-use development tools that will help them to design using PIC microcontrollers.
PICkit serial analyser is available from Avnet.