NEW PRODUCT – The chipKIT uC32 is an open-source hardware prototyping platform that adds the performance of the Microchip PIC32 microcontroller. The uC32 is the same form factor as the Arduino™ Uno board. It features a USB serial port interface for connection to the IDE and can be powered via USB or an external power supply.
The uC32 board takes advantage of the powerful PIC32MX340F512 microcontroller. This microcontroller features a 32-bit MIPS processor core running at 80Mhz, 512K of Flash program memory and 32K of SRAM data memory.
The uC32 can be programmed using the Multi-Platform Integrated Development Environment (MPIDE), an environment based on the original Arduino IDE modified to support PIC32. It contains everything needed to start developing embedded applications. In addition, the uC32 is fully compatible with the advanced Microchip MPLAB® IDE and the PICKit3 in-system programmer/debugger.
The uC32 is easy to use and suitable for both beginners and advanced users experimenting with electronics and embedded control systems.
The uC32 provides 42 I/O pins that support a number of peripheral functions, such as UART, SPI, and I2C ports and pulse width modulated outputs. Twelve of the I/O pins can be used as analog inputs or as digital inputs and outputs.
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I’m very curious about this board as a prototyping platform over Arduino. I find that every product I develop has a PIC of one size or another, and I have a lot of time invested in the MPLAB X IDE, as well as the PicKit 3 and ICD3. Are these boards worth dumping my Arduino Uno and switching over? I like the WiFi shield, and they have a 10/100 ethernet shield as well. Any feedback about this device?
Datasheet says the PIC32MX340F512H has a RTCC (real-time clock and calendar), and 2x I2C busses (big one for me), and up to 85 GPIO. Not a bad little board, just curious how difficult it might be to get rolling with it in MPLAB X.