chipKIT® Development Platform

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chips not user friendly

Created Sun, 04 Mar 2012 04:59:11 +0000 by griffo


Sun, 04 Mar 2012 04:59:11 +0000

I have just used both the chipkit and arduino,,,I am sorry to say the arduino WINS,,you just cannot use those 100 pin chips for hobby use,,The arduino (atmel) chip can be put straight into a diy board ,,But the chipkit 100pin forget it,,,how is anybody going to develop a project then turn it into a working version using say stripboard for example,,Unless chipkit support more user friendly DIP chips then their whole idea is going to collapse around them....griff


Sun, 04 Mar 2012 10:26:40 +0000

[attachment=0]stripkit.jpg[/attachment]Griffo You have a valid point, my solution is just to put the chipkit as a component on the stripboard , the only small problem is the offset on the J5 connector pins but as I only needed 39 and 40 I used longish pin headers and bent them slightly.


Sun, 04 Mar 2012 19:49:12 +0000

And there are now PIC32 parts that come in DIP packages - are you developing a chipKIT compatible board with one of those new chips (they're really cheap too!)? If not, jump in! The water's fine.



Sun, 04 Mar 2012 21:27:48 +0000


You are correct that the pic32 chips are hard to use on the hobby level. The same holds true with the Atmega2560 that is used on the mega board.

Microchip has a couple of new DIP package versions of the pic32 which will solve this. We are working on support for them



Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:52:18 +0000


I've noticed that, the more powerful a micro-controler is, the more pins it has.

Most of my sensors are I2C protocol-based, so I don't need so many I/Os. Instead, I'm more interested in having a second I2C port, more memory and more processing power.

What do you think? Do you share similar needs? What are the best solutions to fit this demand?

Best regards,


Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:48:51 +0000

Hi Do Arduino hobbyists program / develop the board then transplant the chip into another 'host' board ? as griffo seems to suggest? agree about I2C and memory but at the moment UNO with external I2C devices fits my requirements. Although the PIC32 MX1 and MX2 MCUs in 28-pin SPDIP could be interesting.


Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:36:55 +0000

There is a new pic32 in DIP format that you could use to make a through hole version of the ChipKit.