In-Circuit Emulator provides feature-rich programming and debugging

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Microchip has unveiled the MPLAB ICE 4 full in-circuit emulator, debugging and programming development tool for its PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs), dsPIC, digital signal controllers (DSCs), and SAM MCUs and MPUs.

The In-Circuit Emulator debugs and programmes using the powerful, graphical user interface of MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The Emulator provides a flexible development environment offering advanced debugging capabilities to write power-efficient code coupled with all the features needed to reduce debugging 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 optimise both hardware and software for a comprehensive, power-efficient design.”

The In-Circuit Emulator system connects using SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or High-Speed USB 2.0 with an option to go wireless using Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity for flexibility and ease of use. Ethernet connectivity provides remote debugging for applications which are monitored over a long distance, while Wi-Fi connectivity can provide isolation from environmental conditions such as high-voltage motor control applications or floating systems with no ground loop.

MPLAB ICE 4’s hardware integrates with MPLAB X CI/CD setup over Ethernet creating a combination for hardware in the loop. Designers can use the CI/CD wizard to set up Jenkins and Docker on the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00.

It is also equipped with power debugging capabilities to monitor how power consumption correlates to code using MPLAB Data Visualizer. Additionally, embedded engineers can extract more from the code by using two independent current-sensing channels with varying resolutions for measuring and optimising the power consumption of a design.

Engineers will be able to reduce development time using the Emulator’s advanced features that support many widely used instrumentation and instruction trace capabilities. ICE 4’s several debug and programming interfaces and options for target connections using adapter boards further help to reduce development time.

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator debugs and programs all Microchip MCUs, DSCs and MPUs, simplifying the design process when developers migrate from one Microchip MCU or MPU to another.

With the latest hardware, across-the-board device support, multiple features, reliability, and integration with the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00, it provides a complete development system. In addition to Microchip’s proprietary freeware, MPLAB X IDE for embedded applications, the company also provides a full range of free, optimising compilers, professional-grade compiler licenses, functional safety licenses and code coverage licenses for developers.