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Electronics design made easier with developers kit

The new innovative PIC18 Flowcode Developers Kit from element14 and Microchip

element14 has teamed up with Microchip and Matrix to introduce the new PIC18 Flowcode Developers Kit. According to Premier Farnell's collaborative global electronics community, the development and demonstration kit is designed to offer a hands on, easy approach to electronics design using Flowcode, one of the world's most advanced graphical programming languages for microcontrollers.

The development platform is based on a Microchip PIC18F26J50 low power, 8bit PIC18F26J50 microcontroller and is integrated with temperature sensor, capacitor touch sensor and potentiometer to help developers verify programs designed using Flowcode.

"The new PIC18 Flowcode developers kit is an innovative, fully featured yet low cost solution designed to help developers realise their designs in working hardware," says Mike Powell, technology development manager, Premier Farnell. "Optimised for Flowcode development, the board has several expansion options, it can be used as a black box and is mounted with a PIC 18 device that is low power, but high performance."

According to element14, Flowcode allows those with little to no programming experience to create electronic systems in minutes. It supports code generation for the PIC (PIC12, PIC16, and PIC18 series), PIC24 and dsPIC series of microcontrollers. The professional edition includes drivers for a range of subsystems including lcds, keypads, seven segment displays and PWM, as well as communication protocols including I2C, SPI, RS-232RS-232, Zigbee and TCP/IP.

Flowcode is compatible with Microchip's PICkit programmer as well as third party programmers. It is also compatible with the HI-TECH C compiler. A 'Lite' version of Flowcode 4 is included in the kit.

Chris Shaw

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