Microchip In-Circuit Emulator adds Docker, WiFi connections

Microchip In-Circuit Emulator adds Docker, WiFi connections

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By Nick Flaherty

Microchip Technology has launched the next generation of full in-circuit emulator (ICE), debugging and programming development tool for its PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs), dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs), and the ARM-based SAM MCUs and microprocessors (MPUs) acquird with Atmel along with the AVR devices.

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator is based around the graphical user interface of the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and adds optional remote and wireless connectivity to the target. Designers can use the CI/CD wizard to set up Jenkins and Docker container frameworks on the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00. These support easier code re-use.

The ICE connects using SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or High-Speed USB 2.0 with an option of Ethernet or WiFi connectivity for flexibility and ease of use. Ethernet connectivity provides remote debugging for applications which are monitored over long distance. WiFi connectivity provides isolation from environmental conditions such as high-voltage motor control applications or floating systems with no ground loop.

Power debugging capabilities monitor how power consumption correlates to code using MPLAB Data Visualizer and engineers can use two independent current-sensing channels with varying resolutions for measuring and optimizing the power consumption of a design.

MPLAB ICE 4 debugs and programs all Microchip MCUs, DSCs and MPUs, simplifying the design process when developers migrate from one Microchip MCU or MPU to another and with different instruction set architectures.

In addition to Microchip’s proprietary freeware, MPLAB X IDE for embedded applications, the company provides a full range of free, optimizing compilers, professional-grade compiler licenses, functional safety licenses and code coverage licenses for developers. Several debug and programming interfaces and options for target connections using adapter boards further help to reduce development time.

“Engineers can expand their development capabilities with this all-in-one, powerhouse system that provides new possibilities and applications with enhanced hardware and wireless connectivity options,” said Rodger Richey, senior director of Microchip’s development systems business unit. “Together with advanced power monitoring capabilities, embedded design engineers can simultaneously optimize both hardware and software for a comprehensive, power-efficient design.”

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator DV244140 is available today for $1,799 and includes one accessory kit. Additional accessory kits are available separately. Microchip’s MPLAB ICE 4 Accessory Kit AC244140 is available for $350.

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