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Microchip announces free, cloud-based development platform

Microchip announces free, cloud-based development platform

February 16, 2016 - Microchip Technology announced its MPLAB Xpress Cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE).  This online development platform is the easiest way to get started with PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), with zero downloads, sign-in or setup needed to start designing.  Microchip's free, cloud-based IDE brings the most popular features of the MPLAB X IDE to Internet-connected PCs, laptops or tablets.  MPLAB Xpress offers a comprehensive feature set, including a library of Microchip-validated code examples, interface to MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) 3.0 for GUI-based MCU peripheral setup and automatic code generation, integrated MPLAB XC compilers, support for programmer/debugger hardware, and 10 GB of secure online storage with a my Microchip account. 

Users can easily migrate their projects to the full, downloadable MPLAB X IDE.  Additionally, the MPLAB Xpress Community enables developers to share their code, design ideas and knowledge.

Cloud-based hardware development is supported by connecting any USB-enabled PC, laptop or tablet to tools such as the MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board.  This development board features an integrated programmer, a PIC16F18855 MCU and a mikroBUS header for system expansion with MikroElektronika's more than 180 Click boards.  The MPLAB Xpress IDE also supports Microchip's Curiosity Development Board, a cost-effective tool with an integrated programmer and debugger, as well as expansion options for add-on boards and external connectivity.  Additionally, this online IDE can be used with Microchip's PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer, which provides programming and debugging capabilities for over 1,000 PIC MCUs.

The MPLAB Xpress Community allows users to get their project started quickly, solve problems, and inspire others by sharing ideas and knowledge.  The "Examples" section provides easy, searchable access to MCU code developed and validated by Microchip engineers, such as setup, basic functions and advanced projects.  Designers can add to this knowledge base by making any of their stored projects accessible to the rest of the user community.  To facilitate further discussion and collaboration, a dedicated MPLAB Xpress User Forum and Wiki are also available.

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