Mouser Electronics ships Microchip's Curiosity Dev Board

July 23, 2015 // By Julien Happich
Mouser Electronics is now shipping the Curiosity Development Board from Microchip Technology, a cost-effective, fully integrated 8-bit development platform for first-time users, designers, and those requiring a feature-rich rapid prototyping board.

The board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware to get started. It uses Microchip's MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE) to simplify programming and is a suitable platform for harnessing the power of modern 8-bit PIC microcontrollers with Low Voltage Programming capabilities.

The layout and external connections provide access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available on many newer 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. These CIPs simplify the design and keep system power consumption and BOM costs low by enabling users to integrate various system functions onto a single microcontroller.

Options for the user interface include physical switches, an mTouch capacitive button, and an on-board potentiometer. Users can expand functionality through MikroElectronika MikroBUS Adapter Click Boards, and can add Bluetooth Low Energy communication with the Microchip RN4020 module.

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