Microchip, Labcenter Debut MPLAB IDE Plug-in for System-Level Simulation

Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, and Labcenter Electronics Ltd, a world leader in embedded simulation tools, have collaborated to integrate a version of Labcenter’s Proteus VSM package into the free MPLAB(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The VSM plug-in enables users of the MPLAB IDE to debug their firmware on a system-level simulation of their product, in the same way that they would work with a physical prototype using a traditional in-circuit debugging tool. The VSM simulation models not only the PIC(R) microcontroller itself, but also any analogue or digital electronics that are connected to it.

Jim Pepping, manager of third party support in Microchip’s Development Systems group commented, “This is a great addition to our MPLAB IDE. Allowing engineers to simulate complete systems while developing their PIC microcontroller code saves both time and money, and reduces the time to market. It’s like having a demo board right on your PC.”

Labcenter is providing a free demonstration version of the VSM plug-in, which is included on the MPLAB v 7.50 CD as well as being available for download. The demonstration version allows users to simulate both Microchip application notes and/or their own code on a fixed set of schematics. This type of board includes virtual versions of Microchip’s evaluation boards, such as the PICDEM(TM) 2 Plus and the Explorer 16 Development Board. Users wishing to simulate their own hardware designs will need to purchase a full version of the Proteus VSM package.

“The ability to drive Proteus VSM from within the MPLAB IDE makes it much easier for PIC microcontroller developers to benefit from the many advantages of virtual prototyping. It’s so much easier to find the bugs in your code when you can freeze the system entirely and peer inside every component,” stated John Jameson, the chairman and chief software architect of Labcenter Electronics Ltd.

About Labcenter Electronics Ltd.
Labcenter Electronics Ltd. are the authors of the world’s first schematic-based microcontroller simulation technology, Proteus VSM. Together with a high-performance, integrated PCB design package, the Proteus Design Suite provides a complete solution for the embedded engineer.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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