Microchip Technology Inc has introduced the MPLAB-ICD 4, an in-circuit programming and debugging development tool for Microchip’s PIC microcontroller (MCU) and dsPIC digital signal controller portfolios. The debugger includes all features of the popular MPLAB ICD 3 tool with added speed through a faster processor and increased RAM.
The MPLAB ICD 4’s improved speed is the result of a 32-bit MCU running at 300 MHz. Further, the faster processing, along with an increased buffer memory of 2MB gives way to a product which is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.
Housed in a durable, black case with a brushed aluminum top, the puck-shaped debugger is accented with an LED light strip to indicate the debugging status. The tool is easy to use and supports all PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers in Microchip’s portfolio. This, in turn, simplifies the design process for customers when they migrate from one PIC MCU to another.
Microchip’s Next-Gen In-Circuit Debugger Unveiled (Image Courtesy: Microchip Technology)
“Speed and flexibility are the most important factors when selecting a debugging tool,” said Rodger Richey, Microchip’s director of Development Tools. “The MPLAB ICD 4 reduces wait time—and in turn—improves debugging productivity. With speed, compatibility, durability, comprehensive device support and the award-winning MPLAB X IDE, the MPLAB ICD 4 again solidifies Microchip’s reputation as a leading provider of embedded debugging tools.”
• A wider target voltage range, from 1.20 to 5.5 V
• An optional 1 amp of power (using an external power supply)
• Selectable pull-up/pull-down option to the target interface
• Configurable interface speed for optimized programming and debugging
• Intelligent, robust interface with fault detection and immunity
• JTAG debugging capability
Pricing and Availability
The MPLAB ICD 4 (DV164045) is available today for $249.95. It can be purchased either through Microchip’s easy-to-use online sales channel microchipDIRECT or through one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.
About Microchip Technology Inc.
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.
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