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Microchip Unveils New MPLAB PICkit 4 Development Tool with Added Features For Low-Cost, Fast Debugging and Programming

MPLAB PICkit 4Debugging process is critical and evident for embedded design engineers. Microchip Technology has introduced MPLAB PICkit 4 In-Circuit Debugger to enhance the development experience.

The New low-cost PICkit 4 in-circuit programming and debugging development tool from Microchip Technology is meant to replace the popular PICkit 3 programmer.  It touts to offer five times faster programming, a wider voltage range (1.2-5V), improved USB connectivity and more debugging interface options.

In addition to supporting Microchip’s PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), the tool also supports debugging and programming for the CEC1702 family of hardware cryptography-enabled devices.

Key Features of the New Rollout Includes

  • This low-cost programming and debugging solution is ideal for those designing in the 8-bit space, but it is also perfectly suited for 16- and 32-bit development due, in part, to its 300 MHz, high-performance ATSAME70Q21B microcontroller on board.
  • The benefits of faster programming time are less waiting and better productivity during development. This is especially important when designing with 32-bit microcontrollers with larger memory capacities.
  • The PICkit 4 development tool enables debugging and programing using the graphical user interface of MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
  • The tool connects to the design engineer’s computer using a hi-speed USB 2.0 interface and can be connected to the target via an 8-pin single inline header that supports advanced interfaces such as 4-wire JTAG and serial wire debug with streaming data gateway.
  • It is also backward compatible for demo boards, headers and target systems using 2-wire JTAG and In-Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP) compatibility.
  • The new interfaces make this low-cost tool compatible with Microchip’s CEC1702 hardware cryptography-enabled devices.
  • This low-power, but powerful, 32-bit MCU offers easy-to-use encryption, authentication and private and public key capabilities.
  • CEC1702 users can now benefit from using Microchip’s development tools and support rather than being required to invest in third-party tools for programming and debugging.

“A better and faster development tool doesn’t have to be expensive,” said Rodger Richey, Microchip’s director of development systems. “The MPLAB PICkit 4 programmer has all the features a design engineer needs for working with PIC, dsPIC and CEC1702 devices, as well as the capability to support future products for many years to come. Our mission is to provide the highest-performing and easiest-to-use development tools in the industry at an affordable price.”

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Availability

The MPLAB PICkit 4 (PG164140) development tool is now available. To purchase, go to Microchip’s easy-to-use online sales channel microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorised distribution partners. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website.

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