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Microchip Microstick development board

Microchip has announced the Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H development board, which it claims provides a low cost solution for designing with Microchip's 16bit PIC24H microcontrollers and dsPIC33F digital signal controllers (DSCs).

Available in a 20x76mm footprint, the Microstick is designed to offer an integrated USB programmer/debugger, which shortens learning curves. It can be used stand alone or plugged into a prototyping board. Educational establishments are eligible for a 25% discount.

The Microstick is populated with a socketed microcontroller that can be easily swapped out. It works with the PIC24HJ64GP502 16bit mcu and the dsPIC33FJ64MC802 DSC, which blends dsp and mcu resources into a single architecture.

Software support includes the same free MPLAB IDE and software libraries that work with all of Microchip's 8/16/32bit PIC microcontrollers and DSCs. Additionally, the dsPIC33F DSCs are supported by the free demo version of Microchip's Device Blocksets for the MATLAB language and Simulink environment, which work within the MPLAB IDE.

Chris Shaw

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