Microchip opens PIC compiler licensing to low-cost rolling monthly subscription

January 13, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
With this addition to the business models on which it supports its development tools, Microchip says it is offering the ability to license PRO compiling optimisations on an ‘as-needed’ basis, providing flexibility and giving access to tools that enable best execution speed and code size for all ~1,400 PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs.

The flexible, low-cost, renewable monthly subscription license is available for the PRO editions of the MPLAB XC line of C compilers. The MPLAB XC8, XC16 and XC32 compilers offer reduced complexity, and are available with three optimisation levels: Free, Standard and PRO. By offering a monthly-subscription PRO license, Microchip is providing 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCU designers the ability to make use of the most features and best code optimisation - only when needed in the design cycle. Subscribers will also have the ability to receive updated versions of the MPLAB XC compiler type to which they subscribe, without the need for an active Microchip MPLAB XC High Priority Access (HPA) maintenance subscription. Unlike most software subscriptions, this license is not cloud-based, providing designers the additional flexibility of using the compilers offline.

Microchip’s MPLAB XC compilers provide support for the Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems, and arepart of Microchip’s integrated tool-chain of compatible compilers and debugger/programmers. MPLAB XC compilers are also compatible with the legacy MPLAB IDE.

Renewable monthly subscription licenses for the following compilers are priced at $29.95 per month, for each compiler: MPLAB XC8 PRO Compiler Subscription License (SW006021-SUB), MPLAB XC16 PRO Compiler Subscription License (SW006022-SUB), MPLAB XC32/XC32++ PRO Compiler Subscription License (SW006023-SUB). The subscription renews automatically on a monthly basis, and can be cancelled and restarted at any time. Free editions of the MPLAB XC compilers are available for download, and include the option of a 60-day PRO evaluation trial.

Microchip; www.microchip.com/Compilers-120115a