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Announcing the Arrival of PIC24F and PIC24H Prototyping Boards!

Thursday 29 November, 2007

CCS has added development kits for the PIC24FJ128GA006 and PIC24HJ128GP306 devices for prototyping the PIC24 families.

The PIC24F and PIC24H are compact prototyping boards that include a potentiometer, a pushbutton, three LEDs, two RS-232 jacks connected to the F2/F3 UART and F4/F5 UART and an ICD connector. These boards run at 3.3V and include 9V battery-operating option.

The PIC24FJ128GA006 chip features CRC module and a real time clock (RTC) for added execution speed and reduction of external components.

The PIC24HJ128GA006 has reduced peripherals that enhance speed and memory by DMA (direct memory access) channels. The PIC24HJ128GA006 chip runs at an impressive 40MIPS allowing for fast execution times.

Development kits include a prototyping board, in-circuit debugger/programmer, breadboard, parts box, exercise book, cables and carrying case . PIC24F and PIC24H Development Kits Now Available at ccsinfo.com. Kit prices start at $135.00.

For more information on the PIC24F and PIC24H Development Kits, contact CCS sales at 262.522.6500 ext 35 or email at sales@ccsinfo.com.

Program and Debug with Multiple ICD Units

Friday 02 November, 2007

CCS has implemented the ability to use multiple ICD units on the same PC. This allows you program or debug different target devices in separate projects without needing to close out of any files.

How to Do It with PCW:

  • Need two ICD units and target devices.

  • To run two PCWs → use the command-line option force_new

    c:ProgramFilesPICCpcw → will open the first PCW

    c:ProgramFilesPICCpcw+force_new → will open the second PCW


  • The USB port used by each target device will be visible in the Debug Configure tab within the Advanced Debugger under “port”. You can select which ICD the Debugger should talk to using this setting.

    How to Use with ICD Control Panels:
  • Need two ICD units and target devices

  • Open two ICD control panels by running the executable from your desktop.


  • At the start-up, the USB port will automatically be assigned for each ICD unit. You can then go the “Configure Port” button the control panel to switch ports.

    For additional assistance, please contact Tech Support at support@ccsinfo.com or via
    telephone at 262-522-6500 x32.

    If you need an additional ICD unit, click here.

    New Stack for CCS Wireless-Ember ZigBee™ Development Tools

    Thursday 18 October, 2007

    CCS WIRELESS-EMBER ZIGBEE DEVELOPMENT TOOLS FOR

    MICROCHIP-BASED DEVICES STACK VERSION 3.02 RELEASE



    Early this summer Ember Corporation, a ZigBee Alliance member, and CCS, Inc. launched the CCS Development Kit for Wireless applications using Microchip PIC® microcontrollers. Since its inception, Ember has made several changes and improvements to the Ember ZigBee Pro stack software in the newly released version 3.02. Version 3.02 changes that have been implemented in the CCS kit:

    • New API for setting TX power while connected.

    • ZigBee Pro software stack has introduced reliable APS messages which include a sequence number and can optionally receive end-to-end acknowledgment, as well as, advanced Security features including end-to-end APS security.

    • A many-to-one routine feature has also been introduced in version 3.02, solving the issue of scaling a network of many devices communicating to a single gateway/aggregator.

    • A new manufacturing library has been added which includes several functions to test the EM260 radio before shipping.

    • The new stack provides an optional Bootloader for the SPI based EM260 chips which can be updated by the host microcontroller running SPI or over the air.


    CCS has been working with Ember to incorporate the new and improved API into the CCS Wireless - Ember ZigBee Edition Development Kit so that the latest stack can be utilized! The updated kit with the ZigBee Pro version 3.02 improvements is now available at CCS. Click here to view the CCS Wireless-Ember ZigBee development kit.

    If you have additional questions please contact sales at (262) 522-6500 ext. 35 or email us at sales@ccsinfo.com.

    If you would like us to send you the updated ZigBee stack, please email Kaushik at kaushik@ccsinfo.com.

     

    Introducing 3.3V Ethernet Controller Development Tools

    Wednesday 03 October, 2007

    If you enjoy developing embedded ethernet applications, then you will find the latest addition to the CCS development tools fascinating. The 3.3V Ethernet Controller Prototyping Board and 3.3V Ethernet Controller Development Kit focus on the PIC18F67J60 chip from Microchip. The PIC18J-series of chips from Microchip offer more memory, an operating voltage of 2.0 to 3.6 volts and are 10Base-T (10 Mbps) compliant. The processor is also capable of running at speeds up to 40Mhz at 3V. The PIC18F67J60 is an SPI controlled 10 Mbit/Sec, full duplex Ethernet transceiver IC.

    The 3.3V Ethernet Controller Prototyping Board utilizes one PIC18F7J60 chip with built-in Ethernet capability; allowing for simplified designs, cost and component reduction. The prototyping board also features a durable multi-media SD card reader. The 3.3V Ethernet Controller Prototyping Board is affordably priced at $89 and Development Kits start at $149.

    Note: The Embedded Ethernet Prototyping Board is for 5V applications.

    The 3.3V Ethernet Controller Prototyping Board includes:

  • PIC18F67J60 (RAM 3808 Bytes, Flash 128K)

  • 40 Mhz Clock to run at 10 MIPs

  • Serial EEPROM (32 Kb)

  • Multi-media SD Card Reader

  • RS-232 port and RS-232 level converter

  • One Potentiometer

  • One Pushbutton

  • Three LEDs

  • ICD Jack

  • All logic 3.3V from an AC Adapter or 9V Battery

  • I/O Jumper Block with 20 Accessible Pins

  • 10-BaseT Ethernet Jack


  • The 3.3V Ethernet Controller Development Kit includes Prototyping Board, In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer, carrying case, cables, DC Adapter (9VDC), exercise book and CD of Drivers. The exercise book includes a TCP/IP tutorial and step-by-step instructions to implement embedded Ethernet programs. Example programs include complete web server, email generator and SD card read/write.

    For more information please email sales@ccsinfo.com or call us at 262.522.6500 ext. 35.

    Mouser Electronics Now Carrying CCS C Compiler

    Wednesday 03 October, 2007

    Our recent partnership with Mouser Electronics has given customers another channel to acquire CCS's all-encompassing PIC® MCU and dsPIC® DSC development solutions at an affordable price. Mouser fits the CCS distribution model perfectly, focusing on the engineers at the development level and supporting them in every way possible! Being that Mouser is a worldwide electronics distributor, offering quality on-the-shelf products to a global marketplace more customers are now able to easily obtain CCS products.


    Mouser is currently stocking CCS C Compilers, development tools and kits equipped for programming and debugging Microchip PIC® MCU and dsPIC® DSC applications. Inventory includes: PCB, PCM and PCH command-line compilers, as well as PCW and PCWH IDE compilers. Mouser is also carrying the new PCD command-line compiler, PCDIDE and PCWHD complier for PIC24/dsPIC® support. The new PCD line of compilers includes a more optimized processor and peripheral control, as well as features unique to dsPIC® and PIC24 development. ICD-S40 and ICD-U40 in-circuit debuggers/programmers; PIC 16F877A, Embedded Ethernet and RFID development kits- along with many more development tools, are included in Mouser's inventory selection.


    To learn more about how to purchase CCS products through Mouser, please visit our distributor's information page or contact CCS sales at 262.522.6500 ext. 35.


    Mouser and Mouser Electronics are registered trademarks of Mouser Electronics, Inc.

    Price Changes 2007: Software, Hardware and Development Kits

    Thursday 26 July, 2007

    CCS would like to thank our long time customers for their loyalty to our C Compiler. We pride ourselves on being the best in the industry, delivering a quality Compiler for Microchip PIC® MCUs and dsPIC® DSCs, as well as continuous low cost solutions. Over the past five years we have maintained a steady price point, however a price increase is an inevitable reality. As of September 1, 2007, we will be changing the prices on both CCS software and hardware product lines. Please feel free to check our website, www.ccsinfo.com/BPC or contact sales at (262) 522-6500, ext. 35 for up-to-date price lists and product information.


    CCS engineers have been very busy creating a plethora of new and exciting development kits for the professional and hobbyist alike.


    We are happy to announce the arrival of:


    Coming Soon:

    • DSP Analog/Audio Development Kit

    • PIC24 Development Kits


    CCS vows to continue offering innovative technology at a fraction of the price of the competitors without sacrificing service or support.

    New CCS C Compiler For PIC24 MCUs and dsPIC®

    Tuesday 24 July, 2007

    CCS has done it again! The PCD is a low cost, quality 24-bit C Compiler for PIC24 MCUs & dsPIC® DSCs. PCD is in the fundamental development period and is now available for sale at www.ccsinfo.com/picc. PCD is offered as a command-line compiler $250, an add-on to an existing PCWH compiler $150, a stand-alone IDE compiler $350, and as a full-version PCWHD compiler $575. Purchase PCD now through September 15, 2007 and get one year of download rights. Must be on active maintenance to purchase upgrade or add-on.



    The compiler includes peripheral libraries for: SPI, I2C, UART, RTC, Input Capture and PWMs. PCD includes new Built-in Functions and examples aid in getting a project started.



    CCS will also be offering prototyping boards to aid in PIC24 MCU and dsPIC® DSC development. Now available is the DSP Starter Development Kit featuring a dsPIC30F2010 prototyping board. The DSP Starter Development Kit is a general purpose development board including a potentiometer, a pushbutton, three LEDs, and RS-232 level Converter, an ICD connector and header to access the dsPIC30F2010 chip. CCS will also offer two PIC24 Development Kits and DSP Analog/Audio Development Kits by the end of the year. The DSP Analog/Audio board will demonstrate the DSP features of the dsPIC® by providing an example audio conditioning board. Kits maybe purchased with a PCD compiler or as a board-only option.

    To learn more about the PCD Compiler and development tools, please visit ccsinfo.com for pricing or contact sales at (262) 522-6500, ext. 35.

    Announcement: Introducing EZ Web Lynx

    Friday 06 July, 2007

    CCS is thrilled to announce the launch of a new simple Ethernet network integration device which can be embedded into any product or into industrial equipment appropriately named EZ Web Lynx. Essentially, it connects products or equipment to an HTML programmable website with no other protocol language skills needed! The website will allow the user to view and control the equipment status. The user can receive emails from the device in their email inbox, triggered by changes in the state of the pins, which are configured through the easy-to-use EZ Web Lynx IDE.



    EZ Web Lynx is available in either 3.3 or 5 volt versions at a very low cost to make implementation to the Ethernet very affordable.



    HTML is the only programming language needed to program the on-board website. To find out more about this product and for detailed pricing please go to www.ezweblynx.com or contact us at 262.522.6500. ext 45.



    Visit CCS and EZ Web Lynx during the 11th Annual MASTERs Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, August 8-11th.

    Check out this product and CCS at the National Manufacturing Week September 25-27th 2007 Booth #5011 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Chicago IL.

    Looking for a New Development Kit?

    Friday 22 June, 2007

    The PIC18F67J10 Development Kit is now available at www.ccsinfo.com. The PIC18F67J10 Mini Prototyping Board has a potentiometer, one pushbutton, two RS-232 jacks and a 9-volt battery powering option. Besides the PIC18F67J10 prototyping board, the kit includes all the tools necessary for programming, debugging and developing applications with the Microchip's PIC18F67J10 device. Kit pricing starts at $129.00 without a compiler, but CCS C Compiler software may be added to your order. Board-only pricing from $65.00 is also now available.

    Ember & CCS Introduce ZigBee Development Tools

    Friday 01 June, 2007

    Ember, a ZigBee™ Alliance member, and CCS are excited to announce the launch of the CCS Development Kit for Wireless applications in conjunction with Microchip PIC® devices. This low cost development platform includes the Ember EM260 ZigBee™ network co-processor and the EmberZnet ZigBee™ stack on CCS prototyping boards to be used with the CCS C Compiler.

    The CCS Wireless-Ember ZigBee™ Edition Development Kit enables fast prototyping of ZigBee™ applications. The EM260 integrates an IEEE 802.15.4 radio, a network processor and onboard memory to run a complete ZigBee™ network protocol stack. The EMB260 reduces a product’s size and power consumption with its inexpensive small package size, and twice the wireless range of competitors. For additional information on the Ember EM260 and EmberZnet ZigBee™ stack, click here: www.ember.com.

    The CCS development kit will be sold for a limited time at the price of $599 and includes:

    • Sink Board (with EM260 module) with the PIC18LF4620

    • 2 Battery Boards (with EM260 modules) with the PIC16LF767

    • CCS PCWH C Compiler

    • In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

    • Exercise Book

    • Batteries and cables needed


    *(CCS will also be separately re-selling the Ember programmer)

    Click through for additional information on the CCS development kit.

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