32bit MCU kit targets hobbyists

32bit MCU kit targets hobbyists

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Microchip has teamed up with Diligent to create the Digilent Cerebot 32MX7 Development Kit, based on Microchip’s PIC32 MCU family. It addresses the growing interest in embedded-control and networking applications from academics and hobbyists, by helping them to learn about microcontrollers and to solve real problems.
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The kit includes a demonstration board with a 10/100 Ethernet interface, dual CAN and I2C interfaces, the ability to use Digilent Pmod peripheral modules, and an integrated programming/debugging circuit that is compatible with Microchip’s free MPLAB IDE.

Example applications include university embedded-systems and communications classes, senior capstone projects, and numerous other academic and hobbyist projects. The Cerebot 32MX7 board features numerous I/O connectors, and power-supply options such as USB power, which give users the flexibility to use the board for a range of embedded networking and control applications.

The onboard PIC32 MCU operates at 80MHz, and features 512kbytes of Flash program memory and 128kbytes of RAM, as well as numerous peripherals, such as a full speed USB On-The-Go (OTG)/Host/Device controller, Ethernet controller, dual CAN controllers, timer/counters, serial-interface controllers, an Analogue-to-Digital Converter (ADC), and more.

The Cerebot 32MX7 board combines three push buttons, four LEDs, Ethernet, CAN and I2C bus connectors, and six connectors for Digilent Pmod peripheral modules, including H-bridges, ADCs, Digital-to-Analogue Converters (DACs), RF transceivers, speakers and switches, as well as converters for easy connection to RS-232, servo motors and more.

The Cerebot 32MX7 Development Kit (TDGL004) is available now, priced at $99, from www.microchip.com/get/6J50 or from microchipDIRECT.

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