Microchip Technology Inc, a leading provider of microcontroller and analogue semiconductors, has announced that the popular PICkit 2 development programmer now supports in-circuit debugging of selected PIC microcontroller products. This enables engineers, students and anyone with an interest, to easily begin development and evaluation with PIC microcontrollers for a low initial investment. The new PICkit 2 Debug Express Kit features a 44-pin demo board populated with a PIC16F917 microcontroller, and connects to any personal computer via USB. The PICkit 2 Debug Express Kit’s in-circuit debugging features include halt, single step and setting a breakpoint.
Included are 12 easy-to-understand tutorials that allow users to learn at their own pace (source code provided), along with Microchip's free MPLAB IDE integrated development environment and a host of other software, enabling new users to easily enter the world of embedded control. Customers who already own the PICkit 2 programmer need only download the Debug Express firmware from Microchip's Web site to utilise the new functionality. Existing PICkit 2 programmer users can also purchase the new 44-pin demo board (DM164120-2), or use the debug-enabled programmer on existing demonstration boards, such as the PICDEM Mechatronics (DM163029).
Available now, the PICkit 2 Debug Express (DV164121) comes complete with Microchip's 44-pin PIC16F917 Flash microcontroller demo board, and includes the programmer, USB cable and CDs. For customers who already own the PICkit 2 programmer, the 44-pin demo board (DM164120-2) is available separately. The PICkit 2 Debug Express debugging capabilities are currently supported on select PIC microcontrollers, with support for additional devices coming soon via firmware downloads.