Microchip Introduces PICkit Serial Analyzer Serial Communication Tool

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PICkit(TM) Serial Analyzer, the latest offering in the popular PICkit development tool series. This new tool enables design engineers to easily interface with circuits that are embedded deep within serial systems using any Windows(R)-based PC, for a very low initial investment.

Microchip PICkit Serial Analyzer

The new PICkit Serial Analyzer comes complete with a 28-pin demo board populated with a PIC16F886 Mid-Range 8-bit microcontroller. The kit’s hardware and Graphical User Interface (GUI) software allow communication between the PC and several industry-standard serial protocols on the microcontroller being tested, including I2C(TM), SPI and USART.

Today’s design engineers must develop firmware to communicate via serial communication protocols to a number of components typically found in embedded systems. The PICkit Serial Analyzer provides engineers with a tool to test and debug serial communication firmware at a purchase price of only $49.99 for the complete kit. Included are user’s guides for both the PICkit Serial Analyzer and the 28-pin demo board, complete source code, selected application notes, and Microchip’s free MPLAB(R) IDE integrated development environment—enabling new users to easily enter the world of embedded control. The kit also comes with a GUI that enables designers to easily analyze the various serial communication protocols, as well as create and save scripts.

“Serial communication between components is commonplace in the embedded world. Yet there are very few affordable tools available to help engineers develop the necessary firmware,” said Derek Carlson, vice president of Microchip Development Tools. “With the PICkit Serial Analyzer, Microchip continues to provide engineers with low-cost, easy-to-use development tools that will help them to design using PIC(R) microcontrollers.”

Pricing and Availability
Available now, the PICkit Serial Analyzer (Part # DV164122) is $49.99 and includes Microchip’s 28-pin PIC16F886 Flash microcontroller demo board, USB cable and CD. Additionally, the 28-pin demo board (Part # DM164120-3) may be purchased separately for $24.99 and comes with one populated and two bare boards. The kit and boards can be ordered today.

Microchip Customer Support
Microchip is committed to supporting its customers by helping design engineers develop products faster and more efficiently. Customers can access four main service areas at www.microchip.com. The Support area provides a fast way to get questions answered; the Sample area offers free evaluation samples of any Microchip device; microchipDIRECT provides 24-hour pricing, ordering, inventory and credit for convenient purchasing of all Microchip devices and development tools; finally, the Training area educates customers through webinars, sign-ups for local seminar and workshop courses, and information about the annual MASTERs events held throughout the world.

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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