Farnell first to stock new Microchip Development Board

Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor, is the first European distributor to stock the new Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H development board.
Aug. 13, 2010 - PRLog -- August 2010      Ref: FAR317A

Farnell first to stock new Microchip Development Board

Microstick for dsPIC33F & PIC24H Provides Small Size and Integrated Programmer/Debugger

Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor, is the first European distributor to stock the new Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H development board, which provides a complete, low-cost solution for designing with Microchip’s 16-bit PIC24H microcontrollers and dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), in a compact 20x76 mm footprint.  The low-cost Microstick offers an integrated USB programmer/debugger, which shortens learning curves.  For maximum flexibility, the Microstick can be used stand-alone or plugged into a prototyping board.

Many engineers, educators, students and hobbyists need a low-cost solution for working with and debugging code on 16-bit microcontrollers and DSCs.  In addition to its other benefits, the Microstick is populated with a socketed microcontroller that can be easily swapped out.  The Microstick works with the PIC24HJ64GP502, which is the highest performance 16-bit MCU in the industry, and the dsPIC33FJ64MC802 DSC, which seamlessly blends DSP and MCU resources into a single architecture. Software support includes the same free MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and software libraries that work with all of Microchip’s 8/16/32-bit PIC® microcontrollers and DSCs.  Additionally, the dsPIC33F DSCs are supported by the free demo version of Microchip’s Device Blocksets for the MATLAB® language and Simulink® environment, which work seamlessly within the MPLAB IDE.

This combination of low-cost tools and free software provides an industry-leading platform for experimentation and development of smart-sensor and a host of other embedded-control applications.

Through its industry-leading websites featuring tools such as Live Chat, and easily accessible data sheets, Farnell is able to support its electronics design engineering customers with information and ideas to help them select the most appropriate components and devices for their new designs. The element14 online engineering community provides a unique additional resource. Further information about the Microstick for dsPIC33F and PIC24H development board can be found at http://www.element-14.com/community/docs/DOC-23484.

Farnell’s Director of Supplier & Product Management, Mike Buffham said: “Being the first distributor to stock Microchip’s Development Board underlines how Farnell and element14 are leading technology in the electronics sector. By working with us, design engineers across the globe can be confident that they are getting access to the very latest technology from industry-leading suppliers for their new designs.”
“Microstick is great for anyone who needs a complete, low-cost development solution for working with the highest performing 16-bit microcontrollers available,” said Derek Carlson, vice president of Microchip’s Development Tools Group.  “Our team worked with university professors to ensure that this board fits nicely into their curricula, but the benefits of this platform extend to a broad range of designers who want get started with embedded development.”

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc.  is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.  Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.  For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/E0KR.

About Farnell
Farnell is the leading multi-channel, high service distributor of electronic components, electrical parts, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations products, supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals throughout Europe and Asia with the latest technologies. Farnell is celebrating 70 years, making a difference in the electronics industry in 2009. Farnell employs over 1200 people in more than 20 countries around the world and trades in over 100. With over 500,000 products in stock from over 3000 suppliers, our product portfolio continues to expand, offering our customers the very latest technologies.
Farnell is the current holder of the prestigious ‘Distributor of the Year’ award which was presented to the company at the 2009 Elektra Awards.
Farnell is part of the global Premier Farnell Group, which works across geographic and business boundaries. Sharing these facilities and best practice Farnell distribute a huge range of electronic components, electrical parts and wholesale electronics.  
For more information visit the Farnell web site at www.farnell.co.uk

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