Low cost 32bit MCU rapid prototyping boards

Two low cost rapid prototyping boards for 32bit applications have been launched by Microchip. The PIC32MX and PIC32MZ Curiosity Boards are said to include an integrated programmer debugger and to be fully incorporated into the company’s MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment.

Featuring a range of peripherals, user interface and expansion options include two mikroBUS click interface headers to support more than 180 MikroElectronika click boards. Both Curiosity boards are designed to be connected and used out of the box, allowing designers to run example projects without writing any code.

The PIC32MZ EF development board, featuring a 200MHz PIC32 MCU, has an integrated Wi-Fi module and is suitable for designing IoT and connectivity applications. The PIC32MX470 features a 120MHz MCU and is targeted at audio, Bluetooth and other related generic applications. Both boards have USB connectors that can be used to develop USB host or device applications.

The boards also support the MPLAB Harmony software development framework. This firmware development platform for PIC32 MCUs gives users access to peripheral libraries, RTOS capabilities, middleware, drivers and system services. It also features more than 200 pre-tested application project codes that can be used to start application development.