Microchip Announces MPLAB PM3 Universal Device Programmer, Increases Development Productivity Through Faster Speeds and USB Support.
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
CHANDLER, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 12, 2004
Tool builds on success of PRO MATE(R) II with added features and
increased ease of use for all of Microchip's programmable devices
Microchip Technology Microchip Technology (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors, founded in 1989 when Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP MCHP Maryland Children's Health Program
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MCHP Maine Community Heritage Project ), a leading provider of microcontroller A single chip that contains the processor (the CPU), non-volatile memory for the program (ROM or flash), volatile memory for input and output (RAM), a clock and an I/O control unit. and analog semiconductors, today announced the MPLAB(R) PM3 Universal Device Programmer, which supports all of Microchip's PIC(R) microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC(R) digital signal controllers See DSC. (DSCs). It offers exceptional programming speed for higher production throughput -- particularly with larger memory devices. This new programmer can be used with personal computers via a USB USB
in full Universal Serial Bus
Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer. or serial interface, in safe mode for secure data, or as a stand-alone unit through its larger and brighter 128x64-pixel LCD screen to display easy menus, programming statistics and status information. In addition, the MPLAB PM3 is the only programmer to offer a Secure Digital/Multimedia Card (SD/MMC) slot for easy and secure data storage and transfer when programming Microchip devices.
Designers have demanded a way to decrease programming time and increase productivity when working with embedded devices, without having to learn multiple development-software platforms. With its free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment See IDE.
integrated development environment - interactive development environment (IDE) software, Microchip is the only semiconductor company to offer a single platform and a complete suite of tools, including the MPLAB PM3, that work seamlessly with a full range of embedded devices, from 8-pin PIC MCUs to 16-bit dsPIC DSCs. When connected to a PC through a USB or serial port, the MPLAB PM3 can program Microchip devices in the user-friendly MPLAB IDE.
"Our PRO MATE(R) II universal programmer was rated one of the leading programmers in CMP's 2002 Embedded Market Refers to custom-designed, computer-based devices and applications that perform a fixed set of tasks. It may refer to cellphones and other handhelds, network appliances (routers, access points, modems) and myriad consumer electronics products. Study," said Derek Carlson, director of development systems and software at Microchip Technology. "The MPLAB PM3 builds on this success by adding faster programming, USB connectivity, SD and MMC See MultiMediaCard and Microsoft Management Console. card storage, and a built-in In-Circuit Serial Programming(TM) interface."
As an example of these faster programming speeds, the MPLAB PM3 can fully program a PIC18F8720 8-bit Flash MCU (1) (MicroController Unit) A computer on a single chip. See microcontroller.
(2) (Multipoint Control Unit) A device that is used to moderate a videoconference of three or more end points (users at computers or groups of users , which has 128 Kbytes of program memory, in about 20 seconds. The programmer also features 2 MB of internal memory in stand-alone mode. For engineers working with larger memory PIC and dsPIC devices, this enables significant productivity improvements.
Other key features of the MPLAB PM3 include:
-- Integrated In-Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP ICSP In Circuit Serial Programming (MicroCHIP)
ICSP International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes
ICSP International Conference on Signal Processing
ICSP Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (TM)) interface
and an ICSP cable.
-- 40 programmable I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output socket pins with universal drivers,
reducing the number of socket modules required.
-- Complete line of interchangeable socket modules to support the
entire line of programmable Microchip devices and package
options. Modules use multi-pin connectors for high reliability
and quick interchange (sold separately).
-- Available adapter allows current PRO MATE II socket modules to
be used on the MPLAB PM3 (sold separately).
-- Serialized Quick Turn Programming(SM) capability for encoding
unique serial numbers while in PC host mode.
-- An alternate DOS command-line interface is available for batch
-- Buzzer notification for noisy environments.
The MPLAB PM3 Universal Device Programmer comes complete with power supply, and serial and USB cables, and is available now for $895. For socket module pricing or additional information, please contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit www.microchip.com/1010/pline/tools/picmicro/code/pm3/index.htm.
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip Web site at www.microchip.com.
Note: The Microchip name and logo, MPLAB, PIC, dsPIC and PRO MATE are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and other countries. In-Circuit Serial Programming and ICSP are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the United States and other countries. Serialized Quick Turn Programming is a service mark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
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