Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced from the expansion of its Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem, with new tools from partners Digilent, the Fair Use Building and Research (FUBAR) Labs, and Schmalz Haus. These new tools are based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) in prototyping-friendly, low pin count SOIC or SPDIP packages, which were previously more common in 8-bit MCUs, for the Arduino community. This enables all users—including hobbyists, students and professionals—to benefit from the PIC32’s high performance, memory and integrated peripherals while using the basic hobbyist prototyping equipment that is found in most home workshops. Features include:

  • Basic I/O and interface components.
  • Low-cost, Arduino-compatible development platform with out-of-the-box user experience.
  • 32-bit PIC32 MCUs, using a prototyping-friendly board form factor.
  • Prototyping-friendly PIC32 MCUs in PDIP packages available with preprogrammed chipKIT USB Bootloader. 
  • 40 MHz performance, 128 KB Flash, and 32 KB RAM.
  • Integrated peripherals for touch sensing, graphics, audio processing, USB, and advanced-control applications.

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