RS Components are the distributors of the products of Microchip Technology. Microchip Technology, provider of microcontroller and analogue semiconductors, announced the PICDEM(TM) System Management Kit, a demonstration and training tool for individuals designing larger, computer-based systems.
The PICDEM System Management board integrates common functions, such as a dedicated Real-Time Clock (RTC), serial EEPROM, thermal-management, Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) and power sequencing into a single PIC(R) microcontroller. Many complex, multifunction systems can benefit from a single PIC microcontroller programmed to perform these tasks.
The PICDEM System Management Kit also includes a PICkit(TM) Serial Analyzer, to demonstrate how the functions can be managed and monitored through a serial communications interface. The PICkit Serial Analyzer is a low-cost development tool that allows communication between a PC and the serial protocol of the system under test.
According to Derek Carlson, Vice President, Microchip Development Tools, there are many embedded applications that could stand to benefit from the cost and performance advantages that a PIC microcontroller can provide in large systems. With the PICDEM System Management Kit, Microchip makes it easy to perform consolidation using peripheral-rich PIC microcontrollers.
The following are the features of the PICDEM System Management Kit:
Included in the kit are:
- PICDEM System Management Board: PIC16F886 microcontroller, 3-Wire Fan, +12V Power Supply and PICDEM System Management GUI Interface
- PICkit Serial Analyzer: PICkit Serial Analyzer Software
- PICkit 2 Programmer:MPLAB IDE
- PICkit 2 Programming Software
- PIC16F690, PIC16F886, PIC16F887 Samples
The PICDEM System Management Kit is used in the following applications:
- Rack-mount servers
- Telecommunications equipment
- Set top boxes
- High definition televisions
- Power management
- Home appliance