Microchip and Digilent® Add Arduino™ Compatible chipKIT™ uC32™ Development Platform and Wi-Fi® Shield for 32-bit PIC®

  Microchip and Digilent® Add Arduino™ Compatible chipKIT™ uC32™ Development
  Platform and Wi-Fi® Shield for 32-bit PIC® Microcontrollers

 New Tools Available from Newark at Special Engineering-Week Discount; Enable
 chipKIT and Arduino User Communities to Easily Develop Wireless Applications

Business Wire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- February 20, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Digilent^®,
Inc., today announced the jointly developed chipKIT™ uC32™ open-source
development platform, which is based on Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32
microcontroller, as well as the chipKIT Wi-Fi^® Shield. Digilent’s chipKIT
uC32 development board has the same form factor as their chipKIT Uno32™ board,
with the addition of larger memory (512 KB Flash and up to 32 KB RAM). The
uC32 board provides a single, general-purpose development platform for users
to create a wide range of 32-bit MCU-based applications using the free,
Arduino™ compatible chipKIT IDE—called the Multi-Platform IDE, or “MPIDE.”
Digilent’s chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield enables users to implement wireless projects
with the chipKIT line of microcontroller boards, such as the new uC32, or
existing Uno32 and Max32™ boards.

In honor of National Engineer’s Week, Newark is offering the uC32 in a
discounted bundle with the chipKIT Basic I/O Shield and PICkit™ 3 In-Circuit
Debugger for $84.85—a 30% savings. This “chipKIT Educational Starter Pack”
bundle is available now through March 16 at http://www.microchip.com/get/CQGG.

Introduced in May 2011, the PIC32 MCU-based chipKIT Platforms have enabled
hobbyists and academics to easily and inexpensively add electronics to their
projects, even if they don’t have an engineering background. The chipKIT uC32
board includes Microchip’s PIC32MX340F512H microcontroller, featuring 105
DMIPS performance, 512 KB Flash, 32 KB SRAM and 42 I/O pins that support a
number of peripheral functions, such as UART, SPI and I^2C™ ports and
pulse-width-modulated outputs. Twelve of the PIC32’s I/O pins can be used as
analog inputs or as digital inputs and outputs.

Digilent’s chipKIT Wi-Fi Shield makes use of Microchip’s agency-certified
MRF24WB0MA Wi-Fi module, and provides chipKIT microcontroller boards with the
ability to communicate via IEEE 802.11 compatible wireless networks. The Wi-Fi
Shield also provides a microSD™ card connector for use with microSD Flash
memory cards. The chipKIT MPIDE SD library can be used to read/write files
stored on the microSD card.

“We’re very impressed with the quality and utility of the latest chipKIT
development boards from Digilent, and with the robust application libraries
they provide for the user community,” said Derek Carlson, Microchip’s vice
president of Development Tools.

“The growing popularity of our chipKIT line drives us to create more
state-of-the-art products for people, with or without electronic-engineering
backgrounds, to easily integrate electronics into their projects,” said Clint
Cole, president of Digilent, Inc. “The addition of our chipKIT uC32 and Wi-Fi
Shield lets users build a wide range of embedded-system projects with Wi-Fi

The MPIDE also makes it easy for new developers to introduce their own
compatible chipKIT boards. The MPIDE includes libraries, such as Brian
Schmalz’s SoftPWMServo library, which enables users to generate an
analogWrite-style output, as well as an RC Servo output, on all pins

Pricing & Availability

The chipKIT uC32 (part # TDGL017) is priced at $34.99 each, and the chipKIT
Wi-Fi Shield  (part # TDGL016) at $49.99 each. Both boards can be purchased
today, at microchipDIRECT or Digilent’s e-Commerce site. For more information,
please visit the Digilent Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/T23G, or
contact Alex Wong at awong@digilentinc.com  or (509) 334-6306. More
information is also available on Microchip’s Web site, at
http://www.microchip.com/get/9AAD, as well as the online chipKIT forum and


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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, 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, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with
dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip Web
site at http://www.microchip.com/get/SJ4S.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered trademarks of
Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries. chipKIT,
and PICkit are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A. and other
countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their
respective companies.

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