Posts Tagged ‘Arduino’

Microchip announces launch of the ChipKit

Ok, this is pretty cool.  Microchip is getting on board with the whole Arduino craze and has released the first Arduino™ Compatible
32-bit Microcontroller Development Platform.  As a PIC fan, I can tell you that I’m absolutely thrilled that Microchip is getting in on this rapidly growing movement.  They must be realizing that kids in college are learning how to program in the embedded world on the Arduino. This means that when the get out in the real world, guess which device is going to be the first they choose when working on a project? – Atmel!

This is a smart move by Microchip.  I just hope that this is a solid launch and not some bug filled black eye.  I’ve ordered myself a Max32 board to run it through it’s paces and will let you know what I think. 

If you just can’t wait to read my review, you can buy it HERE.  

Here’s the Microchip Press release that tells all about it…

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So what’s a CHIPINO?

The CHIPINOOk, let’s talk a little CHIPINO.  What the heck is this thing you ask?  According to the developer over at Brockway Engineering it’s …

…an electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, students, technicians, engineers and anyone else interested in creating interactive gadgets.

Well, that’s pretty cool but you probably want a little more detail than that.  The CHIPINO is an option to consider if you’re interested in what the Arduino can do but you’re more of a PIC person.  The Arduino is built on the Atmel microcontroller while the CHIPINO is built around a Microchip PIC.  It comes with a 28 lead PDIP PIC16F886 onboard but you can change that out for other 28 lead 8bit PIC.  The CHIPINO has the pins brought out to the edge of the board in an Arudino style arrangement.  In fact, you can even use Arduino sheilds on the CHIPINO.

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