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Microchip has a large suite of software and hardware development tools integrated within one software package called MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE). MPLAB IDE is a free, integrated toolset for the development of embedded applications on Microchip's PIC and dsPIC microcontrollers. It is called an Integrated Development Environment, or IDE, because it provides a single integrated environment to develop code for embedded microcontrollers.
MPLAB IDE runs as a 32-bit application on MS Windows, is easy to use and includes a host of free software components for fast application development and super-charged debugging. MPLAB IDE also serves as a single, unified graphical user interface for additional Microchip and third party software and hardware development tools. Moving between tools is a snap, and upgrading from the free software simulator to hardware debug and programming tools is done in a flash because MPLAB IDE has the same user interface for all tools.
COMPONENTS OF MPLAB IDE
The MPLAB IDE has both built-in components and plug-in modules to configure the system for a variety of software and hardware tools.
Project Manager: The project manager provides integration and communication between the IDE and the language tools.
Editor: The editor is a full-featured programmer's text editor that also serves as a window into the debugger.
Assembler/Linker and Language Tools: The assembler can be used stand-alone to assemble a single file, or can be used with the linker to build a project from separate source files, libraries and recompiled objects. The linker is responsible for positioning the compiled code into memory areas of the target microcontroller.
Debugger: The Microchip debugger allows breakpoints, single stepping, watch windows and all the features of a modern debugger for the MPLAB IDE. It works in conjunction with the editor to reference information from the target being debugged back to the source code.
Execution Engines: There are software simulators in MPLAB IDE for all PICmicro MCU and dsPIC DSC devices. These simulators use the PC to simulate the instructions and some peripheral functions of the PICmicro MCU and dsPIC DSC devices. Optional in-circuit emulators and in-circuit debuggers are also available to test code as it runs in the applications hardware.
MPLAB IDE is a Windows® Operating System (OS) based Integrated Development Environment for the PIC MCU families and the dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers.
The MPLAB IDE provides the ability to:
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