Microchip: DM240001 - Explorer 16 Development Board

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Kit Overview

 

The Explorer 16 (DM240001DM240001) is a low cost, efficient development board to evaluate the features and performance of Microchip's new PIC24 Microcontroller, the dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) families, and the new 32-bit PIC32MXPIC32MX devices. Coupled with the MPLAB ICD 2 In Circuit DebuggerMPLAB ICD 2 In Circuit Debugger or MPLAB REAL ICEMPLAB REAL ICE, real-time emulation and debug facilities speed evaluation and prototyping of application circuitry.

 

The Explorer 16 100-pin (DM240001DM240001)features two interchangeable Plug-In Modules (PIMs), one each for the PIC24FJ128GA010PIC24FJ128GA010 and the dsPIC33FJ256GP710dsPIC33FJ256GP710 DSC. The Explorer 16 44-pin (DM240002DM240002)features a Plug-In Module (PIM) for the PIC24FJ64GA004PIC24FJ64GA004.

 

Microchip's 16-bit, PIC24 MCUs and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers provide designers with an easy upgrade path from 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers and a cost effective option to 32-bit MCUs. The broad product line includes everything from eXtreme Low Power microcontrollers to high performance digital signal controllers. Combined with hardware and free software these 16-bit products make the design of mTouch™ Sensing, Graphics, Connectivity, Digital Power Conversion, Smart Energy and Motor Control solutions easy to implement.

 

The PIC24F microcontroller family features cost effective, 16 MIPS 16-bit MCU performance and many devices with Microchip's eXtreme Low Power Technology. The PIC24F families incorporate USB-OTG, to act as a USB Device or Host, a Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) that allows precision time measurement, capacitive measurement for mTouch™ applications and an integrated graphics controller to implement a graphical display interface.

 

The dsPIC33F/E Digital Signal Controllers offer the performance of a DSP with the simplicity of an MCU. The dsPIC33F/E core is designed to execute digital filter algorithms, high-speed precision digital control loops and digital audio and speech processing.

 

Daughter Cards: There are various Plug-In Modules and Daughter Cards are available which can be used with Explore 16 Development Kits, please click below to for more infomration:

 

Key Applications: Metering Solutions, Motor control, Home appliance, Design Examples, Digital Power, Lighting, USB, Ethernet, CAN, Wireless, mTouch™ Sensing Solutions, Graphics Solutions, Audio and Speech, 3V System Design, EMC Design, Low Power.

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Development Tools


 

Software Development Tools:

 

Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
IDEMicrochipMPLAB IDEPIC/dsPIC

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RTOSMicriumuC/OS IIIPIC24, dsPIC33dsPIC33, 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

RTOSSeggerembOSPIC18/PIC24F/PIC24H

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
TypeDescription
DatasheetMicrochip: Datasheet for DM240001 Explorer 16 Development Board
DatasheetMicrochip: Datasheet for PIC24FJ128GA010 Microcontroller
Product BriefMicrochip: Product Brief for DM240001-Explorer 16 Development Board
User GuideMicrochip: Explorer 16 Development Board User Guide 
Revision NotesMicrochip: Explorer 16 Development Board Errata 
Application NotesMicrochip: ETN 33 - Application note on Modification for MCLV (DM330021) and MCSM   (DM330022) boards
Data SheetMicrochip: Data Sheet for dsPIC33EPXXXMU806/810/814 and PIC24EPXXXGU810/814   Microcontroller
User GuideMicrochip: User Guide for In-Circuit Debugging Interface Options with dsPIC DSC
Data SheetMicrochip: Data Sheet for PIC24FV32KA304 Family
Application NoteMicrochip: AN1044 - Data Encryption Routines for PIC24 and dsPIC Devices
Application NoteMicrochip: AN1233 - USB Printer Class on an Embedded Host
Application NoteMicrochip: AN1071 - IrDA Standard Stack for Microchip 16-Bit and 32-bit MCUs
Design Elements
TypeDescription
SchematicsMicrochip: Schematics for dsPIC33FJ256GP710 100-pin TQFP Plug-In Module
Application LibraryMicrochip: Software coding on dsPIC33F Demo Files for Explorer 16 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Software coding on PIC24F Demo Files for Explorer 16 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Source Code for Dual Motor Control Plug-In Module (PIM)
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic for Dual Motor Control Plug-In Module (PIM)
BSDLMicrochip: BSDL file for dsPIC33E/PIC24E
Application LibraryMicrochip: Source code on Advanced Encryption Standard for PIC32MX   Microcontrollers
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic Symbols for PIC24F CAD/CAE
Application LibraryMicrochip: CE417 - Source Code for dsPIC33EP PIC24EP Auxiliary Flash Bootloader
Application LibraryMicrochip: Source Code for IrDA Standard Stack for Microchip 32-bit Microcontrollers
User GuideMicrochip: Quick Start to Guide to Microchip Development Tools 
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic for PICtail Daughter Board for SD and MMC Cards
Application LibraryMicrochip: Software code for PIC32 WVGA VGA Epson S1D13517 controller Demo
SchematicMicrochip: Schemetics For Graphics Display Truly 240x320 Board
Application LibraryMicrochip: Graphics Display Designer v2.1.0
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic for Graphics Display Prototye Board 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Microchip Graphics Library Architecture 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Software Solution on How does a graphics LCD work
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic For Epson S1D13517 Board
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic for AC164127-9 Board
Application LibraryMicrochip: Consumer-band BPSK-PICtail Plus Pipe Demo 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Consumer-band BPSK-PICtail Plus Sensor Demo 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Consumer-band BPSK-PICtail Plus Stream Demo 
Application LibraryMicrochip: Object Layer Demo for PIC32 LCC
SchematicMicrochip: Schematic for LCC Graphics PICtail Plus   Daughter Board
Application LibraryMicrochip: Graphics Webinar for Low-Cost Controllerless (LCC)

 

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Kit Features


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A layout of the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001DM240001) is shown in Figure. The board includes these key features, as indicated in the diagram:

 

  • 100-pin PIM riser, compatible with the PIM versions of all Microchip PIC24F/24H/dsPIC33F devices
  • Direct 9 VDC power input that provides +3.3V and +5V (regulated) to the entire board
  • Power indicator LED
  • RS-232RS-232 serial port and associated hardware
  • On-board analog thermal sensor
  • USB connectivity for communications and device programming/debugging
  • Standard 6-wire In-Circuit Debugger (ICD) connector for connections to an MPLAB ICD 2 programmer/debugger module
  • Hardware selection of PIM or soldered on-board microcontroller (in future versions)
  • 2-line by 16-character LCD
  • Provisioning on PCB for add on graphic LCD
  • Push button switches for device Reset and user-defined inputs
  • Potentiometer for analog input
  • Eight indicator LEDs
  • 74HCT405374HCT4053 multiplexers for selectable crossover configuration on serial communication lines.
  • Serial EEPROM
  • Independent crystals for precision microcontroller clocking (8 MHz) and RTCC operation (32.768 kHz)
  • Prototype area for developing custom applications
  • Socket and edge connector for PICtail™ Plus card compatibility
  • Six-pin interface for PICkit 2 Programmer
  • JTAG connector pad for optional boundary scan functionality

 

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Kit Contents


 

The Explorer 16 Development Board Kit (DM240001DM240001) contains the following:

  • The Explorer 16 Development Board.
  • A preprogrammed PIC24FJ128GA010PIC24FJ128GA010 Processor Installation Module (PIM), already installed to the board
  • A preprogrammed dsPIC33FJ256GP710dsPIC33FJ256GP710 PIM
  • An RS-232RS-232 cable
  • The Explorer 16 Development CD ROM, containing:  
    • This User’s Guide
    • Data Sheets for the PIC24FJ128GAPIC24FJ128GA family and dsPIC33FJ256GPdsPIC33FJ256GP family
    • Schematics and PCB drawing files for the PIM modules
    • Example programs for use with the PIC24 and dsPIC33FdsPIC33F devices
    • Files detailing general purpose expansion boards that can be used with the Explorer 16 board (provided in Gerber format)

 

 

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