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    • Microstick for 3V PIC24F K-series

    Overview

    The Microchip's Microstick (DM240013-1) for 3V PIC24F K-series is a flexible USB powered development platform. It’s the perfect solution for those looking to get started with Microchip’s lowest cost 16-bit microcontroller families – PIC24F “KL” and “KA” – for extremely cost sensitive consumer. The Microstick for 3V PIC24 K Series (DM240013-1) Devices is designed to provide an easy-to-use, economical development environment for 16-bit microcontrollers. The board includes an integrated debugger/programmer, a socket for the target microcontroller chip and pins that facilitate insertion into a prototyping board for extremely flexible development.

    Hardware Design

    The Microstick for 3V PIC24 K Series (DM240013-1) Devices is USB bus-powered. An on-board MCP1727 LDO regulator provides 3.3 VDC output from the USB bus power. Turning power on/off to the target application is controlled by the MPLAB IDE via the FPF2102 load switch. The FPF2102 load switch automatically shuts down power to the target if the current exceeds a trip point of 200 mA to 400 mA. This may help protect the host PC USB port from accidental shorting of power supply pins in the target application circuit. The Microstick may be plugged into a prototyping board to develop external application circuitry with the PIC® MCU. On the bottom side of the board, three rows of pins are provided, labeled P1, P2 and P3.

    Using the 16-Bit XLP Development Board

    In the skinny DIP layout configuration (rows, P1 and P2, are populated), the Microstick may be plugged into Microchip’s “16-Bit XLP Development Board”. The 16-Bit XLP Development Board provides several external buttons, LEDs, peripherals and sensors that can be used to quickly evaluate the device without spending time wiring a breadboard. The 16-Bit XLP Development Board may come with a USB-to-Serial or RS-232 serial port wired to the PIC microcontroller’s U2TX/U2RX pins. To avoid conflict with the on-board serial port circuitry, slide S3 of the Microstick to the PGEC3/PGED3 setting (move the switch lever towards the DIP socket).

    The MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) should be installed prior to using the Microstick for 3V PIC24 K Series Devices. This board is designed to run with MPLAB IDE Version 8.80 or later.

    Key Applications: Medical and Industrial applications.

    Features

    • Low Cost
    • Compatible with Microchip’s popular 16-bit XLP Development Board (DM240311)
    • Integrated Programmer / Debugger – No External Debugger Required
    • USB Powered – Ease of Use, No External Power Supply Required
    • Supports 3V PIC24 K-series MCUs (28-pin SPDIP)
    • Integrated USB programmer/debugger – no external debugger required
    • On-board user and power LEDs
    • Socket for flexible, easy device replacement
    • MPLAB IDE Support - free, integrated tool set
    • DUT Socket – Flexible, Easy Device Swapping
    • Works Stand-alone or Plugged into a Prototyping Board
    • Easy Access to all Device Signals for Probing
    • Smaller than a Stick of Gum at 20mm x 69mm – Easily Portable
    • On Board User and Power LEDs
    • Reset Button
    • Free Demo Code

    Ships With

    • Microstick for 3V PIC24F K-series Board
    • USB Cable
    • Two 1x14 Header Pins for Proto Board Use or Plugging into Microchip’s 16-bit XLP Development Board
    • One PIC24F16KL402
    • One PIC24F16KA102

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