IP, middleware, RTOSs in complete 32-bit PIC support package

October 08, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Microchip has announced the full release of its MPLAB Harmony firmware development framework supporting all 32-bit PIC MCUs, integrating internal and third-party middleware, drivers, peripheral libraries and RTOSs. It accelerates and simplifies the code development process, yielding production-ready interoperable source code in an RTOS-independent environment.

MPLAB Harmony is a flexible, abstracted, fully integrated firmware development platform for all 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). It takes key elements of modular and object-oriented design, adds in the flexibility to use a RTOS or work without one, and provides a framework of software modules that are easy to use, configurable for specific design requirements and that are purpose-built to work together. The new features in this release include the MPLAB Harmony Configurator for driver and middleware settings management: a fully compatible, professional graphics library and significant functional and performance improvements across many of the Harmony driver libraries. Additional enhancements have been made to existing middleware such as IPv6 certification of the Microchip TCP/IP stack. Minimal effort is needed to combine drivers and libraries in a modular architecture, and the output is re-configurable throughout development whilst virtually eliminating bugs in peripheral and middleware configuration.

The single integrated platform has Microchip-tested, debugged and interoperable source code that is production-ready while offering an RTOS-independent environment. MPLAB Harmony includes a set of peripheral libraries, drivers and system services that are readily accessible for application development. The framework offers many new and powerful features that provide code interoperability with modular architecture that allows drivers and libraries to work together with minimal effort, an integrated single platform that enables shorter development time and easy and seamless third-party software integration of RTOS, middleware, drivers, and other elements into the software framework.