CCS Returning To MASTERs

Tuesday 29 May, 2007

At the 11th annual Microchip MASTERs conference, CCS will be conducting two training seminars. The Rapid Development (11029CCR) course aims to refine the users fundamental CCS C Compiler skills set, by providing hands-on experience with our compiler, IDE and debugger. This is an ideal course for the new or experienced CCS C Compiler user to become better acquainted with basic compiler technique. The Comprehension of CCS C Compiler (11028CCS) course focuses on mastering advanced compiler functions and the introduction of new features. This course is an excellent follow-up to the Rapid Development seminar and will cover RTOS, addressmod, optimization and troubleshooting techniques. For more detailed class descriptions and scheduled start and end times, please click on the links below:

MASTERs is a highly technical conference hosted by Microchip in an effort to advance the knowledge of Microchip developers. This years MASTERs will be at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference runs August 8th-11th 2007. Register today, and be sure to sign up for a CCS class!

The "Classic" CCS C IDE is Back!

Friday 16 March, 2007

CCS has brought back the "classic" IDE menus to Version 4. For those long-time customers that prefer the Windows 98/2000/XP look over the new Windows Vista, you can easily change the IDE back by executing the following:

1. Go to Options tab and choose the Editor Properties icon.
2. Click on Display icon on the left-side of the window.
3. At the bottom of the window, click on Classic Menu under Menu Scheme.

If you have active maintenance, just download the IDE utilities from

Otherwise, contact sales or the following page
to see what maintenance options are available.

SIOW Software Available to Purchase for Re-Distribution

Friday 16 March, 2007

The SIOW (Serial Input/Output Monitor) software has been part of the CCS IDE packages. CCS is now offering this software as a stand-alone product to command-line customers. This will aid in testing RS-232 PIC® projects and will help those using the CCS bootloader programs.

In addition, CCS is now offering a license to re-distribute SIOW. This allows compiler users the option to distribute SIOW with their own products.

CCS has packaged the software for unlimited distribution based on a one-year license purchase or individually. This is an excellent way to offer your customers additional functionality to using your software, at an exceptionally low price.

Contact CCS Sales at to purchase.

Technical Support for the CCS C Compiler

Friday 26 January, 2007

CCS is committed to answering customer concerns and technical issues. Although phone support is always an option, emailing bug reports to Technical Support will ensure quicker responses and fixes to potential bugs. CCS releases a new version of the compiler approximately every 10 days; to ensure that any new devices, drivers or bugs fixes are immediately available to customers.
**Please note that Technical Support does not monitor the forum; and any bug reports on the forum will not be confirmed or submitted for resolution in the next compiler release.

In an effort to make technical support requests even easier, CCS has developed a new feature in the Version IDE compilers called Technical Support wizard that allows users to quickly and easily submit bug reports or requests for assistance. It can be found by clicking on the Help icon at the top-right of the compiler screen. Customers on maintenance will be given higher priority to their technical issue when using this new feature of Version 4.

Announcement: CCS, Inc. Launches Website

Tuesday 23 January, 2007

Connecting PIC® MCU People with PIC® MCU Resources. That's what is all about.

This website was launched on 1/15/07 and is directed at the PIC® MCU programming community and anyone who is interested in PIC® Microcontrollers. Our goal was to sponsor a website where people can go to research and learn about different PIC® MCU products and PIC® MCU tools making it the largest known collection of PIC® MCU resources. It is designed to be an interactive commonplace where all things PIC® MCU related come together and can be compared and rated.

You will see that is a convenient place to obtain useful information on pricing, features, and user comments on a variety of products including Debuggers, Prototyping Boards, Compilers, Programmers, Assemblers/Disassemblers, and Stamps. The pages are set up in a table format with filter options available so that you can narrow your search and locate the perfect product to meet your needs. If you find what you are interested in, just click on the name and you are automatically directed to the best place to find additional information on that product and purchasing information. Or click on the rating and comments to see what real users think of the product before you make a purchase.

Some other features of are Current News Stories that keep you informed about Microchip products and events. There is also " The Featured Site of the Week " which gives you the best rated site for other PIC® MCU information. We have also included a Poll to allow readers to vote and provide customer feedback on their opinions on a series of questions. Of course these features change frequently to keep the most up-to-date information.

This site provides you with every step of information you would need to start and complete a project. We have the basic information to get you started in the right direction, comparison charts to compare different products, and even an application projects page to give you ideas and ways to use your new product. It's a great place to get informed and start your networking with other PIC® MCU users and you can start by stopping by to visit and chat with PIC® MCU people and possibly even start a PIC® MCU party!

Spotlight: CCS C Compiler Download Manager

Friday 20 October, 2006

Have you heard about the new abilities of the Download Manager tool? Download Manager is included as part of the Version 4 CCS C Compiler software and can be accessed in the compiler's IDE or as a separate executable. Download Manager checks and updates the compiler software, the ICD and Mach X software, and current drivers and datasheets; while archiving previous files.
Access to Download Manager is as easy as clicking an icon or as a separate executable from the desktop. The following highlights are some of the options for Download Manager settings:

  • Customize software to update
  • Save an archive copy of downloads
  • Frequency in which to check for updated files
  • Settings for updating/saving new files

Did you know that you can access exclusive discounts and special offers from CCS directly through the Download Manager? Look for the special ads while downloading the newest versions. Current Download Manager specials include:
  • " Overstock Item " Special Price! CAN Bus Development Kit (Hardware Only) For Just $75.
  • " Free Item " High Speed, Durable Programmer and More! Buy A Mach X Programmer Today And Receive A PIC16F877A Prototyping Board FREE With Your Order!
  • " Special Offer " Buy One-Year IDE Compiler Maintenance And Get $50 Off An RFID Development Kit (Hardware Only) With Your Purchase.

Download Manager exclusive offers are updated on a regular basis, so check back often for new and exciting discounts. Should you have any questions about Download Manager, setting-up your Automatic Updates, or accessing Special Offers, please feel free to email

CCS C Compiler Version 4.0 Now Available

Monday 14 August, 2006

Following the success of the Version 4.0 Beta Release, CCS is proud to announce that the Version 4.0 C Compiler is now available to consumers. Today's release sets a new standard for C Compiler software, taking ease-of-use and improved function to a whole new level. CCS invites you to experience Version 4.0.

Version 4.0 includes exactly the features you've been waiting for in a next generation C Compiler. The new-look Version 4 IDE enables a set of powerful tools and wizards providing the greatest level of ease in your project management. C-Aware Editor, Flow Chart Editor , Document Generator, C-Metrics Calculator, and the updated project wizard are just a few of the tools allowing the user to perform advanced code generation in a logical visual environment. Help file and mouse-over-tool tips, as well as the Tech Support Wizard, assist developers during all phases of the development process. And the new Download Manager helps keep your software up-to-date automatically.

Version 4.0 enhances your ability to produce more compact, efficient C code with integrated features and functions, and the upgraded RS232 and I2C Libraries which now include SPI libraries to support any general purpose. Version 4.0 is overall faster in the completion of operations, quickening the compilation process through the new Relocatable Objects/Linker feature, and the Fixed Point Decimal function also provides a dramatic speed boost. Version 4.0 marks an increase in the Compiler's flexibility in the handling of constant data through Pointers to Constants, and the Compiler is now supportive of new data types, bit arrays, and default and variable parameters providing a more complete C Compiler solution to your development needs. To learn more about Version 4.0, please visit the following website:

Version 4.0 is designed for the optimal, efficient development of C Code for Microchip PIC® Microcontrollers. Support for PIC24, dsPIC30XXXX, and dsPIC33XXXX Microcontrollers will be available in the near future. You can expect many more new features to appear in Version 4.0 over the next several months as CCS completes testing on those features.

Please report any problems or comments to, and expect a number of releases over the next couple of weeks to address all reported issues. Version 4.0 printed manuals will begin shipping on August 23, 2006.

New Revision of ICD-U and Support for PIC18FJxxx Chips

Monday 24 July, 2006

The ICD-U40 Rev 5 now supports the newly released PIC18FJxx series of chips from Microchip. The ICD-U40 has been improved by changing the level converters on clock and data. The new revision also added a level converter on B3 (allowing debugging at low voltages).

Microchip's newly released PIC18FJxx series of chips is now supported for ICSP with the CCS ICD and soon for debugging. This series of PIC18 devices features:

  • Low-power, high-speed CMOS Flash technology
  • Operating voltage range of 2.0 - 3.6V
  • 5V tolerant digital input
  • Double synchronous serial ports (I2C and SPI) and double asynchronous (LIN capable) serial ports
  • Large amounts of RAM memory for buffering and Flash program memory

These devices operate at 40 Mhz, making them backwards compatible to the PIC18F6720 for hardware and software. For additional chip-specific information, go to for data sheets.

Customers who purchased a Revision 4 ICD-U40 in or after February 2006 may modify their ICD-U40 to use with J chips. These units have #100 after the firmware version. E-mail to request the special ICD software required.

  • ICD-U40 Under Warranty: E-mail within 30 days regarding your ICD-U40 error and we will ship a replacement unit and a return label for the defective unit at our cost.

  • ICD-U40 Out of Warranty: E-mail regarding your ICD-U40 error and we will provide you with an RMA # to return the unit. We will promptly provide a repair quote. Shipping to and from CCS is at Customers expense.

CCS Teaching at MASTERs

Wednesday 07 June, 2006

At this year's Microchip MASTERs conference, CCS will be conducting a hands-on seminar entitled 1092 CCS: Using the CCS Compiler for Rapid Development of Microcontroller Applications. The class aims at improving the skills of programmers using the CCS C Compiler and provides hands-on experience with our compiler, IDE, and debugger. This is an excellent opportunity for new or experienced CCS users to learn about the powerful features of the CCS C Compiler.

MASTERs is a highly technical conference run yearly by Microchip in an effort to advance the knowledge of Microchip developers. This year MASTERs will be at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, AZ. The dates are July 26 - 29, 2006. Register today, and be sure to sign up for our class!

Product Release: Wireless Development Kit - ZMD Edition

Wednesday 07 June, 2006

The Wireless Development Kit - ZMD Edition will be released for sale on Friday, June 16th.

This kit allows for development of wireless devices that are IEEE 802.15.4 compliant. The heart of the ZMD Wireless prototyping board contains the ZMD44102 transceiver, which is 900 MHz and can transmit up to 100 meters.

Source code is provided to customize wireless applications such as energy management, remote metering and control, home and building control, industrial networks, two-way remote keyless entry, and health monitoring networks.

Click here to place your order now! Those customers who have already placed orders will have their boards shipped out first. All other orders will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis.

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