Microchip Unveils MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module

Microchip Technology MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module

Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module. The low-cost software optimization tool enables engineers to increase power efficiency out of their code. The MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module (part #AC244008) is available now for $379.99 each. The tool is ideal for a broad range of battery-powered, digital power-supply, motor-control and metering applications.

Microchip MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module Features

  • Monitors current from 1uA to 1A, voltage from 1.25V to 5.5V, power the Target
  • Ideal for finding current related code issues
  • 10Mhz time base (100ns resolution)
  • Break when current exceeds a specified threshold
  • 1Mhz acquisition, 10-bit resolution
  • 500khz acquisition, 12-bit resolution

The MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module, when combined with the MPLAB REAL ICE in-circuit emulator and MPLAB X IDE, helps designers to measure, graphically profile and optimize code power consumption for all of Microchip’s more than 1000 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers. In addition, it offers an overall dynamic range up to 1 Amp, and a voltage range of 1.25V to 5.5V.

Microchip’s Power Monitor Module provides programmable power to the target, as well as sampling intervals, enabling users to run at specific voltage levels and see tailored measurements. Designers can also set a current break threshold level that breaks when exceeded, allowing them to pinpoint the code causing the spike and debug it. All of these measurements can be displayed graphically, via the Current Profile Graphing feature, enabling engineers to better understand which sections of their code are consuming higher current.

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