Microchip has created a new 8-bit development board called the Microchip Curiosity that has been designed to take advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB X development environment.
If you have an Internet of Things project Curiosity might be the perfect development board for you and Bluetooth Low Energy communication can also easily be added to the board using the Microchip RN4020 module.
Microchip explains more about their new development and prototyping board.
Curiosity is the perfect platform to harness the power of modern 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers. Its layout and external connections offer unparalleled access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available on many newer 8-bit PIC MCUs. These CIPs enable the user to integrate various system functions onto a single MCU, simplifying the design and keeping system power consumption and BOM cost low.
Features include :
• Supports 8-, 14-, 20-pin 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers with low voltage programming capability
• Integrated Programmer/Debugger with USB Interface
• Integrates seamlessly with MPLAB X IDE and Code Configurator
• Various user interface options – mTouch button, analog potentiometer, and physical switches
• Mikrobus™ support with over 100 MikroElectronika Click™ add-on boards available
• RN4020 Bluetooth module footprint
Jump over to the Microchip website to learn more bout the new Curiosity Development Board that is now available to purchase. Or for a full review jump over to the Hack A Day website.
Source: Hack A Day