- Published: Monday, 15 November 2010
- Written by Graham Mitchell
It's always handy to have a few resources to help guide your learning experience. In this article I discuss some of the resources I've used to aid with evaluating the 16-bit PIC24 and learning to program with "C". A special thanks to Jerry for his guidance thus far.
Explorer 16 Development Board
The Explorer 16 Development Board by Microchip allows end-users to evaluate both 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers which include PIC24, dsPIC and PIC32. I've purchased one recently am finding it very useful with my delve into PIC24 micros.·
The Explorer 16 can be brought from Microchip Direct (US$129.99 at the time of writing). The features of the development board include:
- Includes PIC24FJ128GA010 and the dsPIC33FJ256GP710 DSC Digital Signal Controller PIMs (100-pin version) or the PIC24FJ64GA004 PIM (44-pin version).
- Alpha-numeric 16 x 2 LCD display.
- Interfaces to MPLAB ICD 2, MPLAB REAL ICE, USB, and RS-232.
- Includes Microchip's TC1047A high accuracy, analog output temperature sensor.
- Expansion connector to access full devices pin-out and bread board prototyping area.
- PICTailTM Plus connector for expansion boards.
- Full documentation CD includes user's guide, schematics and PWB layout.