Plug and Play Pmods with chipKIT and LabVIEW

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

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

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!

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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chipKIT Wi-FIRE – 1 of 5 Newest Arduinos Named

chipKIT Wi-FIRE Development Board
chipKIT Wi-FIRE Development Board

Check out this list of the five newest, high-performance Arduino® boards, published by IHS Electronics360. We’re very proud to say that the list includes the chipKIT Wi-FIRE, boasting a 200MHz Microchip PIC32MZ MCU. You don’t have to take our word for it anymore that the chipKIT Wi-FIRE is one of the fastest Arduino-compatible boards out there right now!

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chipKIT WF32-based Health and Security Cloud System


Congratulations to Eusebiu Burlacu and Sebastian Pascu from Gheorghe Asachi University of Iasi, Romania, for their tie for first prize in the Digilent Design Contest Europe 2015. Their chipKIT WF32 based Health and Security Cloud System was designed to process a patient’s ECG signal, as well as monitor patient activity, and transmit this information to a doctor via Exosite’s cloud-enabled data platform. Learn more about it on Instructables.

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PIC32USB Hardwired Android App for chipKIT

PIC32USB Hardwired Android App
App auto-launch option when PIC32-based boards is connected

Darryl is at it again, with a new Android app called PIC32USB, providing OTG-supported phones/tablets with a hardwired communication to a PIC32 microcontroller. Use any of the 24 buttons to send messages to the PIC32 device, customize any button to change the string sent to the device, and send/recieve data to/from the device using a chat-like interface. Check out his sample code to test it out on your OTG-supported mobile device and your supported PIC32-based board. Darryl has successfully tested this app with the chipKIT Fubarino SD, chipKIT Fubarino Mini, and his very own MAKEmicro32 board.

Good luck, and have fun out there!

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Man Cave Sign – chipKIT with Bluetooth App Control

HC-05 or HC-06 Bluetooth Module

As a follow-on to a previous post about the “Man Cave Sign,” we wanted to share with you the portion that used Bluetooth and Android Apps. This tutorial by Darryl Gardner will show you how you can use the two apps he wrote (on the Google Play Store) along with an HC-05 or HC-06 Bluetooth module and a chipKIT-based device to transmit and receive data to and from the Bluetooth Module and the PIC32 MCU device. He also provides some sample sketches to get you up and running!

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chipKIT WF32 Control from a Networked Computer

Controlling a chipKIT WF32 from a networked computer

In this blogpost and this Instructable from Digilent, check out how you can control your chipKIT WF32 from a remote computer with internet access. Your chipKIT WF32 must be connected to a network, but other than that, all you need is an SD card for your WF32. Check out the tutorial for all the details to make your chipKIT WF32 a host webserver that allows access to the WF32 pins from a web page.

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