Recapping the Week: August 23-29

Welcome back to the academic year! Does it look like it’s going to be as busy of one for you as for us at Digilent? We have a slew of upcoming projects that we’re excited to show you. Stay busy and stay cool — we have workshops, projects, and helpful suggestions to make sure you stay occupied and on track!

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Installing Libraries in MPIDE

As you all probably already know, MPIDE is a programming environment that I, and many other people, use to program Digilent’s chipKIT line of microcontrollers. Well, along with the pre-loaded libraries and examples that you can find when you download MPIDE, you can also upload your own libraries.

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Serial Monitor Communication

MPIDE comes with a nice serial monitor where you are able to print out values that your system board has measured onto your computer screen. But if you are able to print things onto your computer screen, wouldn’t it make sense if the chipKIT board also accepted and processed values that we typed into the serial monitor? It would make a lot of sense, which is probably why we can do just that. Let’s find out how.

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My Favorite Digilent Product, the Uno32

When I started working at Digilent as a technical writer in 2012, I had no background in electronics or engineering. I spent my first couple of weeks here learning basics of electronics so that I could better write about what we do. I was handed an Analog Discovery and a chipKIT Uno32 to use and do some basic projects. Since it was one of the first Digilent products I used, it holds a special place in my esteem. What makes it so special?

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MPIDE vs. MPLAB

Previously, I posted about what a debugger is. Other than all the great features I described in my debugger post, you may be wondering–why does Digilent care? As you probably know, we use many of Microchip’s wonderful products in our chipKIT and chipKIT Pro boards. We still want to address the overarching differences between the user experiences using chipKIT and chipKIT Pro boards, so we’re going to talk about the differences between MPLAB and MPIDE!

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