Microchip: DM183032 - PIC18 Explorer Board

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Kit Overview


The Microchip’s DM183032DM183032 low-cost demo board is for evaluation of PIC18 MCU families. The PIC18 is our highest performance 8-bit architecture and has three different families: standard PIC18, PIC18 J-series and PIC18 K-series. This single development board supports dozens of the general purpose PIC18 families using various processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs). PICtail daughter boards enable many different accessory boards to connect to the PIC18 Explorer board for a flexible and complete development environment. This board is the ideal complement to the MPLAB® PICkit 3PICkit 3 or ICD 3 debuggerICD 3 debugger and programmer for a full-featured, economical, PIC18 development environment.


There are various Plug-in modules (PIM) & Daughter Cards available for PIC18 Processor Explorer Board. PIMs plug into the PIC18 Explorer Board for evaluating other processor families and Daughter Cards are accessory boards connect to the PIC18 Explorer including PICtail boards for Ethernet, ZigBee, CAN, and Temperature Sensing like:


  • AC164122AC164122: PICtail board for SD and MMC - The PICtail Daughter Board for SD and MMC cards is a universal board that links the Secure Digital (SD) and Multi-Media Card (MMC) to the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus of the microcontroller. This PICtail board is designed to operate with many demonstration boards, including all those having PICtail signals, those with PICtail Plus signals (utilizing the card-edge connectors like the Explorer 16), and those with non-standard PICtail signals.


  • AC320011AC320011: M2M PICTail Plus Daughter Board - Microchip’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) PICtail Daughter Board based upon u-blox GPS and GSM/GPRS modules makes it easy to create low-cost M2M applications with location-awareness capabilities. The daughter board can be interfaced with Microchip’s Multimedia Expansion Board and a PIC32 starter kit to provide developers with a turn-key platform to get started with apps such as texting, email and GPS.


Type MPNDescription

multiProductLinkPIC18F66K80multiProductLinkPIC18F66K80 Plug-In Module (PIM) - This PIM includes a 64-pinmultiProductLinkPIC18F66K80multiProductLinkPIC18F66K80 MCU device. You can evaluate the PIC18F66K80PIC18F66K80 andPIC18F65K80PIC18F65K80 MCUs with this PIM


multiProductLinkPIC18F46K80multiProductLinkPIC18F46K80 Plug-In Module (PIM) - This PIM includes a 44-pinmultiProductLinkPIC18F46K80multiProductLinkPIC18F46K80 MCU device. You can evaluate PIC18F46K80PIC18F46K80 andPIC18F45K80PIC18F45K80 MCUs with this PIM

Daughter CardAC164122AC164122PICtail board for SD and MMC - The PICtail Daughter Board for SD and MMC
Daughter CardAC320011AC320011M2M PICTail Plus Daughter Board


Key Applications: Battery Management, EMC Design, Low Power, Mechatronics, mTouch™ Sensing Solutions, Segmented LCD Solutions.

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Development Tools


Software Development Tools:


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MPLAB IDE for all Microchip platforms. Learn More

RTOSMicriumuC/OS IIIPIC24, multiProductLinkdsPIC33multiProductLinkdsPIC33, PIC32 (MIPS)

μC/OS-III is Micrium’s newest RTOS, designed for developers who need to save time on their current and next embedded sytem projects. Using a commercial real-time kernel such as μC/OS-III provides a solid foundation and framework to the design engineer dealing with the growing complexity of embedded designs.  Learn More


SEGGER embOS (Real Time Operating System) follows strict, yet efficient coding and documentation standards. embOS is a priority-controlled real time operating system, designed to be used as foundation for the development of embedded real-time applications.  Learn More


Hardware Development Tools:


Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsMicrochipDV244005DV244005PIC/dsPICMPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit-Emulator
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsMicrochipDV164035DV164035PIC/dsPICMPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit-Debugger
Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsMicrochipPG164130PG164130PIC/dsPICMPLAB PICkit 3 Debugger Programmer



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Technical Documents

Learning Center


DatasheetMicrochip: Data Sheet for PIC18F8722 Microcontroller Family
User GuideMicrochip: User's Guide for PIC18 Explorer Board
Application NoteMicrochip: AN1192 - MRF24J40 Radio Utility Driver Program
Application NoteMicrochip: AN1284 - Microchip Wireless Application Programming Interface
Product BriefMicrochip: Product Overview for PIC18F13K50/PIC18F14K50 Microcontrollers
User GuideMicrochip: Quick Guide to Microchip Development Tools
DatasheetMicrochip: Data Sheet For PIC18F66K80 Family
Revision NoteMicrochip: Silicon Errata For PIC18F66K80 Family
User GuideMicrochip: PIC18FXX80 to PIC18FXXK80 Migration Guide
Design TechniquesMicrochip: PIC Microcontroller Compiled Tips 'n Tricks Guide
Product BriefMicrochip: Product Brief For 8-bit PIC Microcontroller Solutions
Product BriefMicrochip: Complete CAN Solutions for Diverse Embedded Applications
User GuideMicrochip: Quick Reference Guide for Graphics Display
Application NotesMicrochip: AN1373: Using PIC32 MCUs to Develop GSM/GPRS/GPS Solutions Application Note
Product BriefMicrochip: Product Brief on Microchip Graphics Display Solution for Human Interface Applications
User ManualMicrochip: Manual for Microchip Graphics Library
Product BriefMicrochip: PIC32 Microcontroller Families Overview


Design Elements


Application LibraryMicrochip: Source Code for PIC18 Explorer Board
Application LibraryMicrochip: PIC18FXXK80 FAMILY Flash Microcontroller Programming Specification
Application LibraryMicrochip: HI-TECH C Compilers by Microchip Technology
Application LibraryMicrochip: Software Information on M2M and the PICtail Daughter Board
Application LibraryMicrochip: Demo Software For Machine-to-Machine (M2M) PICtail Daughter Board
Application LibraryMicrochip: Graphics Display Designer v2.1.0



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Kit Features

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MultiplePIC18 processors, both a PIC18F8722PIC18F8722 on board (128KB Flash, 80 pins, superset of traditional PIC18 family), and a PIC18F87J11PIC18F87J11 Plug-In Module (128KB Flash, 80-pins, superset of J-series, PIM adjusts to accommodate 3V device). A switch selects the desired processor.


  • Supports many other PIC18 devices with Plug-In Modules, supporting 28 to 80-pin PIC18 devices
  • PICtail ™ daughter board connector for connection to standard expansion boards such as Ethernet, speech playback, and the many different sensors
  • Expansion connector accesses full device pin-out and breadboard prototype area
  • Convenient connection for MPLAB PICkit 3, ICD 3 or REAL ICE for in-circuit programming and debugging
  • Alpha-numeric LCD display
  • USB interface for USB to multiProductLinkRS-232multiProductLinkRS-232 communication
  • multiProductLink25LC256multiProductLink25LC256 SPI EEPROM
  • Crystal oscillator
  • Potentiometer (connected to 10-bit A/D, analog input channel)
  • Analog output temperature sensor
  • Power supply connector and programmable voltage regulator, capable of operation from 2.0V to 5.5V
  • Demo software including temperature sensor demo included (illustrates Microchip’s analog temperature sensor MPC9701A) and 32 kHz crystal for Real Time Clock demonstration


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Kit Contents


  • DM183032DM183032: PIC18 Explorer Board



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