Microchip announces the expansion of its MPLAB® Code Configurator Plug-In to support 16-bit PIC® MCUs, in addition to the 8-bit devices already supported.
This code development tool enables developers to enhance the design experience with faster application development. Based on the popularity of this tool for 8-bit products, Microchip has added support for more than 50 16-bit devices into the latest release of the MPLAB Code Configurator. The MPLAB Code Configurator is a free user-friendly plug-in tool for the MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that leverages drivers and GUI for controlling and driving the peripherals inside PIC microcontrollers with simple and clearly documented driver APIs. The configurator tool simplifies software development, using an intuitive GUI to configure peripherals, accelerating time to market for customers designing with 8- and 16-bit PIC microcontrollers. It is easy to change peripheral configurations or add/remove peripherals from a project. Also, the generated code is reliable and designed for efficient use of CPU and memory resources. The tool offers many powerful features such as visual setup for I/O pin management with both a chip-level and tabular view. Also, once a system-level clock rate is set, the tool will automatically calculate timer periods, duty cycles and baud rates for peripherals. With a simple drag-and-drop style interface, this tool generates easy-to-read code that includes peripheral configuration setup, drivers and pin mapping to efficiently solve application development obstacles. Designers can benefit from this easy-to-use code development solution, which is better able to meet their ever-shorter product design schedules and decreasing budgets.