We have some great news for USB lovers! A new board, chipKIT Lenny, is in final prototype stages and preparing for production. If you haven’t already guessed, the chipKIT Lenny is the PIC32 equivalent of the Arduino Leonardo, only considerably advanced, with more peripherals and overall power.
The Lenny features a direct USB connection that provides a separate USB serial connection in addition to the two UART serial connections provided on the GPIO headers. Advanced users can use the Microchip Harmony framework in MPLAB X IDE to emulate further USB devices such as HID keyboards and mice. For chipKIT core users, enhanced support for emulation is being actively worked on and can be previewed by using the Harmony USB core in UECIDE.
The PIC32 microcontroller on the chipKIT Lenny is a PIC32MX270F256D MCU at 40 MHZ with 256K of Flash and 64K of RAM. This board features the following, and much more!
- Two I2S/SPI modules for Codec and serial communications
- Parallel Master Port (PMP) for graphics interfaces
- Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU)
- Two UART and I2C™ modules
- Five 16-bit Timers/Counters (two 16-bit pairs combine to create two 32-bit timers)
- Five Capture inputs and Five Compare/PWM output
Keep your eyes peeled for the chipKIT Lenny release, coming soon!