Jan 292016
 

I have just finished writing up a new tutorial on using the Nokia 5110 graphical LCD with the chipKIT platform. Nokia 5110 LCD was used in Nokia’s popular 5110 and 3310 model cell phones and is a very popular display among the Arduino community because of its low cost (~$3 on eBay). It is a 48×84 pixels matrix LCD driven by the low-power PCD8544 controller chip. It is powered by 3.3V and includes on-chip generation of LCD supply and bias voltages, thus requiring minimum external components for its operation. This tutorial explores the PCD8544 serial bus interface and its connection with chipKIT Uno32 board for displaying text, graphics, and bitmap.

 

chipKIT Uno32 and Nokia 5110 LCD

Read the full tutorial!

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chipKIT-core is released for use in Arduino IDE

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Jan 192016
 

How to use your chipKIT board in Arduino IDE

Did you ever wish you could program your chipKIT board in Arduino IDE? Well, your prayers have been answered! The chipKIT development team is very excited to announce the release of v1.1.0 of the chipKIT-core software! This is the latest version of the chipKIT software, and it has support for all existing chipKIT boards. It is installed into the Arduino 1.6.7+ IDE, just like any of the other available cores.

Kudos to everyone who helped make this possible!

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chipKIT Wi-FIRE: An EDN Hot 100 Product of 2015

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Dec 152015
 
EDN's Hot 100 Products for 2015

Extra extra! Read all about it! The EDN online community has named chipKIT Wi-FIRE one of their Hot 100 Products of 2015 in their Wireless and Networking category! Although they had posted a glowing review of the chipKIT Wi-FIRE back in February, we were pleasantly surprised to have stayed in their good graces. They said, and we quote “Digilent’s chipKIT WiFire board is an awesome little beastie. Powered by Microchip’s latest 32-bit 200 MHz MCU, the Wi-Fi equipped Arduino-compatible platform has been paired with Imagination Technologies’ Flow Cloud service development tools in an effort to make creating cloud-powered embedded applications practical for the average developer.”

Check it all out on the EDN Hot 100 Wireless and Networking Products of 2015!

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External Interrupts for chipKIT

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Nov 132015
 

Interrupts with chipKIT DP32

Jay Weeks of Digilent is back with another very useful “Instructable” about external interrupts. Armed with a chipKIT board, a USB cable, and a piece of wire, he guides you through some example code, so that you can see for yourself how interrupts really work! Using very simple explanations, he discusses polling vs. interrupts, and then he delves deeper into the topic to discuss debouncing, interrupt service routines, volatile variables, and more. Check it all out at Instructables.

Interrupt away!

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chipKIT WF32 Tutorials for Projects in LabVIEW LINX

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Nov 062015
 

Connect your LabVIEW™ projects to the real world! LINX from LabVIEW MakerHub is a free, open-source add-on for LabVIEW software. In this series of video tutorials, learn how to use LINX with the Digilent LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit in projects based on the chipKIT WF32™ board.

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Plug and Play Pmods with chipKIT and LabVIEW

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Oct 232015
 

Plug and Play Pmods with chipKIT and LabVIEW

Extend the capabilities of chipKIT boards by using Digilent’s series of Pmods™, small I/O peripheral interface module boards. In this Instructable, you’ll learn how to connect these Pmod boards to a chipKIT™ WF32™ board and program with LabVIEW™ MakerHub LINX.

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Debug chipKIT Sketches in MPLAB X IDE

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Oct 162015
 
Source Debugging in MPLAB X IDE

Source Debugging in MPLAB X IDE

Say goodbye to the Serial Monitor debugging with Serial.println()! Microchip has released a chipKIT™ Platform Sketch Importer for MPLAB X IDE in their latest version, v3.10. This importer is a plug-in that allows for source debugging of chipKIT sketches directly within MPLAB X IDE. This plug-in is installable via the MPLAB X plug-in portal under the Tools menu. The only other requirement is a separate install of the latest beta release of UECIDE–an alternative to MPIDE–since the desired sketch must first be created in UECIDE and built in that environment at least once. Subsequent builds and full source-debugging are then supported within MPLAB X IDE.

Hooray!!

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Arduino IDE Compatibility – Beta Testing for chipKIT Core

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Sep 302015
 

chipKIT News: chipKIT-core beta testing

chipKIT core is ready for beta testers!

The chipKIT platform development team is very excited to announce general availability of a chipKIT-core download that can be used within the latest Arduino™ IDE. You can now program all of the chipKIT boards directly from within the Arduino IDE. The new chipKIT-core is currently available for broad testing, and is actively being updated as issues are identified. The chipKIT platform development team sincerely appreciates all feedback from users who try out this new form of chipKIT development tools.

Along with moving the chipKIT platform into the Arduino IDE, this chipKIT-core also moves the chipKIT platform towards full Arduino 1.6.x API compatibility. The most-used libraries included with the chipKIT platform have already been updated to be compatible with the Arduino 1.6.x library API, and chipKIT platform developers are actively working on bringing the remaining libraries up to the latest API level as well. All of these changes mean that taking your existing Arduino sketch and running it on a chipKIT board is getting easier and easier.

For more information, please visit our chipKIT-core Wiki page!

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chipKIT Uno32 goodbye, welcome chipKIT uC32!

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Sep 112015
 

Hello chipKIT uC32, goodbye chipKIT Uno32

chipKIT Uno32 is at the end of its product life cycle, but that only means that there is something better in its place! Welcome the chipKIT uC32, identical to Uno32 but with four times more Flash and twice as much RAM! The uC32 has been around for quite some time, so it’s nothing brand new, but it has certainly been a fan favorite, especially for those projects that require more memory! If you want to learn more, check out Digilent’s goodbye to Uno32, hello uC32 blog post.

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