The board is a platform to evaluate the 16-bit PIC24, dsPIC33 and 32-bit PIC32 families of devices through Processor Plug-In-Modules (PIMs) for device swapping. It supports prototyping of the end application for proof of concept before migrating to the actual design. The board features a mikroBUS interface to easily add new functions using Click Boards from MikroElectronika. In addition, the board also supports an integrated USB for both power and communication, eliminating the need for an external power adapter and communication accessory.
Developers can continue using existing code, libraries, prototypes, PIMs, and PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via a side PICtail Plus connector. The PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via a vertical connector can be re-used using the additional PICtail Plus Expansion Board.
The Explorer 16/32 Development Kit (DM240001-3) includes the main Explorer 16/32 Development Board as well as a PIC24FJ1024GB610 Plug-In-Module and two USB cables. The Plug-In-Module features a 16-bit PIC24FJ1024GB610 microcontroller with 1MB Flash, a superset of memory and functions for the lower power PIC24F family. This kit with PIM and cables is priced at $109.99. For engineers who already have a Processor PIM and USB cables, the Explorer 16/32 development board (DM240001-2) is priced at the lower cost of $79.99.
An optional PICtail Plus Expansion Board (AC240100) is also available to extend the Explorer 16/32 Development Board with vertical PICtail Plus application daughter cards as well as additional mikroBUS interfaces and a small prototyping area. The PICtail Plus Expansion Board is priced at $39.99.