16- and 32-bit PIC MCU dev board allows device swapping

September 13, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Microchip's Explorer 16/32 development board has been designed as a platform for customers to evaluate the 16-bit PIC24, dsPIC33 and 32-bit PIC32 families of devices through Processor Plug-In-Modules (PIMs) for easy device swapping.

It facilitates prototyping of the end application for proof of concept before migrating to the actual design. The board features a mikroBUS interface to easily add new functionalities using Click Boards from MikroElectronika. In addition, the board also supports an integrated USB for both power and communication, eliminating the need for an external power adapter and communication accessory.

This new board is backwards compatible with the company's Explorer 16 Board which allows users to continue using existing code, libraries, prototypes, PIMs, and PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via a side PICtail Plus connector.

The Explorer 16/32 Development Kit (DM240001-3) includes the main Explorer 16/32 Development Board as well as a PIC24FJ1024GB610 Plug-In-Module and two USB cables. The Plug-In-Module features a 16-bit PIC24FJ1024GB610 microcontroller with 1MB Flash, a superset of memory and functions for the lower power PIC24F family.

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