Introducing the PIC18F45K22 Development Kit

Tuesday 22 March, 2011

CCS is introducing a complete development kit for the new PIC18F45K22 device. This new development kit includes the powerful CCS PCWH C Compiler with support for Microchip's PIC® PIC10, PIC12, PIC16 and PIC18 families, an ICD-U64 in-circuit programmer/debugger and a prototyping board with power supply, cables and hardware accessories to jump start your product development. The prototyping board features the PIC18F45K22 device, 30 I/O pins, one potentiometer, one pushbutton, three LEDs, RS-232 level converter, ICD jack, and 16mhz crystal. The PIC18F45K22 development kit is now available for purchase

Receive a free copy of Master and Command C for PIC®MCU, by Fred Eady when you purchase a PIC18F45K22 development kit including a C Compiler.Master and Command C for PIC®MCU provides several new tips and tricks to improve your coding while using the PIC18F45K22 development kit and CCS C Compiler. To learn more about this limited time special offer, click here

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Hot off the Press - Master and Command C for PIC®MCU

Wednesday 25 August, 2010

CCS is announcing the release of Master and Command C for PIC®MCU written by Fred Eady. This book gives the opportunity to look over Fred's shoulder as he explores some of the CCS compiler's more advanced built-in functions.

Any beginner or advanced CCS C Compiler user will be able to take something away from this book to improve their coding style. After reading Master and Command C for PIC®MCU, one book reviewer stated, “Even after using the CCS C Compiler for more than a year, there are still a great number of features and built-in functions that I have been missing out on.”

Fred Eady highlights techniques used for #DEFINE, Conditional Compilation, Debugging, and #SERIALIZE. These techniques allow readers to reduce the amount of memory their programs take up and simplify their code, making for easier changes.

To order a copy today, click here. Regular Price is $14.95 and CCS compiler owners can receive a copy for only $9.95! More compiler features are yet to be uncovered by Fred Eady, so stay tuned for Volume 2.


Venture to the Bottom of the Ocean with CCS!

Friday 13 August, 2010

CCS announcing that software embedded in a Sony high definition camera used in the Nautilus Live Expedition was developed using the company's code optimizing C compiler. Catch the current expedition of the Eratosthenes Seamount live from August 15th - 30th at The Nautilus Live website also includes blogs, photos and video highlights from the most recent expeditions which explore ancient shipwrecks and an underwater volcano.

Tasked with developing a camera that would function at deep ocean depths under low light conditions, the developer's chose Microchip's PIC® PIC18F2620 microcontroller to handle focus, iris setting, zoom and white balancing functions. Engineers chose development tools from CCS to accelerate their product development, freeing them to concentrate on design functionality instead of having to become microcontroller architecture experts.

The underwater expeditions demonstrate the diversity of applications the Microchip PIC®MCU and CCS development tools can be used for. Stay tuned to learn about the latest projects using CCS development tools.

On-Demand Webinar Training Program Launched at CCS

Tuesday 27 July, 2010

CCS, Inc. today announced the launch of its Webinar Training program on its corporate website, These webinars offer design engineers on-demand access to product information for the CCS optimizing C compiler, as well as demonstrations and tips on associated development tools for Microchip PIC® MCU and dsPIC® digital signal controller devices.

These web-based learning tools were developed by CCS to fulfill engineers’ needs for information that enables them to start their designs quickly and resolve issues that may arise during the product development cycle. Currently, there are three training webinars on-line:

  • The C Compiler Quick-Start takes embedded design engineers though the process of creating C programs with the CCS IDE compiler, downloading files to a Microchip PIC® MCU using an ICD-U64 debugger/programmer and quickly and easily modifying the blink rate of an LED on a CCS prototyping board

  • The Mobile In-Circuit Programming webinar shows field service technicians and engineers how to load up to four separate programming files in deployed products with the CCS hand-held, battery operated Load-n-Go™ programmer

  • In the newest webinar, Volume Production Programming , production and operations personnel are taught how to use the CCS Prime8 in-circuit parallel programmer while connected to a PC, store up to four separate programming files in the Prime8’s internal memory and configure it for stand-alone operation, and access programming files with its built-in SD card reader

This is only the beginning of what will become an extensive library of CCS training webinars. Varying in length from 6 to 8 minutes, they will provide just the right level of detail to enable engineers and technicians to learn what’s needed to accomplish the task at hand, in the shortest time possible.

The CCS Webinar Training program will accelerate embedded product development by teaching both basic and advanced design and debugging techniques using the CCS C compiler, development kits, programmers and debuggers. The webinars are taught by highly experienced CCS development engineers, all well versed in the intricacies of embedded design with Microchip PIC® MCUs.

To view the webinars, go to CCS Webinars

CCS at MASTERs 2010

Thursday 22 July, 2010

CCS will be part of the Third Party Bazaar at the 2010 MASTERs worldwide conference. Visit our booth to evaluate our PRIME8 and Load-n-Go programmers as well as the EZ WEB Lynx Embedded Ethernet integration device. Get an inside view of the CCS IDE compiler and learn about the features that could benefit you by speaking directly to the lead engineer at the CCS booth.

Hot off the press... CCS will introduce "Master and Command C for PIC®MCU", Fred Eady's new book which highlights the most effective and advance techniques for embedded design using the PIC®MCU and CCS C Compiler. Get your copy of the new book at the CCS booth during the lunch and dinner hours of the conference. The book will be sold at a discounted price for MASTERs attendees.

MASTERs will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona from August 25th-28th. Learn more about MASTERs, visit We hope to see you there.

New CCS Mobile In-Circuit Programming Webinar

Monday 24 May, 2010

CCS has produced a new Mobile Programming Webinar to help customers become immediately productive with the battery operated Load-n-Go hand-held ICSP™ programmer. This exciting, new webinar will show you how to update your stand-alone products in the field without the need for a PC.

You will:

  • Enable your field support technicians and engineers to load new software in deployed products and keep them running at peak performance

  • Use the CCSLoad Programmer Control Software to store programs in the Load-n-Go hand-held programmer for multiple product configurations

  • Quickly locate and resolve programming issues

  • Learn how the battery operated Load-n-Go can program devices in-circuit, even when the target system is powered down

View the webinar at

The Load-n-Go programmer/debugger used in the webinar provides programming support for Microchip's PIC® MCU and dsPIC® DSC families. Running on four AA batteries, this device performs rapid field programming of targets with up to four firmware images. It also can be used as an in-circuit debugger with the C-Aware Debugger software included in CCS IDE Compilers.

The Load-n-Go ships with everything needed to jump start your product development - power supply, batteries, programming and USB cables and programmer control software. It can be paired with Tag-Connect (not included), a cost saving ICSP programming cable that eliminates the need for an ICSP connector on the target board. Tag-Connect provides a direct pin-to-PCB connection that reduces component count and cost of your end product.

The Load-n-Go programmer is in-stock and available now.

  • Load-n-Go Hand-held Programmer - $199

  • Tag Connect - $30

IDE Compiler owners can purchase the Load-n-Go for $149!

New CCS C Compiler Quick Start Webinar

Thursday 15 April, 2010

CCS has produced a new C Compiler Quick Start Webinar to help customers become immediately productive with CCS development tools. This exciting, new webinar will show you how easy it is to go from a blank sheet of paper to a blinking LED in less than five minutes!

You will:

- Learn how the CCS color coded text editor simplifies design entry
- See how CCS provided built-in functions speed up software development
- Quickly locate and correct design errors
- Program devices in-circuit and modify the blink rate on the fly with the CCS ICD-U64 In-Circuit Programmer/Debugger

View the webinar at

The PIC16F877A Development Kit used in the webinar features the powerful CCS PCW C compiler with support for Microchip's PIC® PIC10, PIC12 and PIC16 families, an ICD-U64 in-circuit programmer/debugger and a prototyping board with power supply, cables and hardware accessories to jump start your product development. CCS is offering a $25 discount through May 30th on the development kit to coincide with the webinar release. Enter discount code 877AWEB when ordering the kit.

New PIC16F1937 Kit for Enhanced Mid-Range Core Development

Wednesday 23 December, 2009

CCS announced today a complete development kit for designing products based on Microchip's Enhanced Mid-Range core MCU family. The PIC16F1937 Development Kit combines the powerful CCS optimizing C compiler and ICD-U64 programmer/debugger with a new prototyping board expressly designed to support development of segmented LCD display applications running on Microchip's PIC(R) PIC12F1xxx/PIC16F1xxx devices.

Accelerate Development of Products Incorporating LCD Displays
Segmented LCD displays are used in a wide variety of cost-sensitive industrial and consumer products such as digital thermometers and blood sugar monitors, instrumentation and measuring devices. These products often utilize a low power microcontroller to drive the display. Software needs to be developed for that purpose, with C becoming the increasingly popular language of choice.

The CCS optimizing C compiler speeds development of that software. The compiler contains built-in functions that convert symbols directly into decoded LCD segments, greatly simplifying the task of displaying text on the screen.

"The compiler's built-in functions help software engineers quickly develop tight, maintainable source code for LCD display applications," explains Mark Siegesmund, President of CCS. "In addition, the compiler performs string compression on the 7-bit ASCII strings commonly used to drive LCD screens, which results in a small ROM footprint even when coding in C."

The CCS developed prototyping board serves as a known good hardware platform that the software engineer can use for code development while waiting for the final product's custom designed hardware. The board features a PIC16F1937 MCU with integrated LCD driver and an LCD screen, an RS-232 serial port, pushbuttons, potentiometers and LEDs, and an expansion I/O port for connection to sensors and other custom circuitry. It's accompanied by complete documentation including an exercise book with LCD display drive examples.

Complete Microchip Enhanced Mid-Range Architecture Core Support
The CCS Code optimizing C compiler supports up to 56K instructions and 4K RAM for these new 14-bit opcode devices. The Enhanced Mid-Range core's new 16-level hardware stack is fully supported by the compiler's call stack, reducing the number of inlined system functions that must be coded. Built-in system functions are provided for all of the enhanced peripherals including A/D converters and comparators, SPI and I2C serial buses, PWM, mTouchTM, non-volatile memory and LCD controllers.

Pricing and Availability
The PIC16F1937 Development Kit is immediately available in product configurations priced from $50 to $459. For more information, please visit

About CCS:
CCS is a worldwide leading supplier of embedded software development tools that enable companies to develop premium products based on Microchip PIC® MCU and dsPIC® DSC devices. Complete proven tool chains from CCS include a code optimizing C compiler, application specific hardware platforms and software development kits, accelerating the development of energy saving industrial automation, wireless and wired communication, automotive, medical device and consumer products. Established in 1992, CCS is a Microchip Premier 3rd Party Partner. For more information, please visit

MPLAB® ICD 2 , dsPIC® DSC and PIC®MCU are a registered trades of Microchip Technology Inc in the U.S.A and other countries.

CCS C Compiler New Version Release - 4.100

Wednesday 18 November, 2009

Version 4.100 features full support of the Enhanced Mid-range core architecture, a host of general productivity enhancements, a rich library of capacitive-touch functions and improved capability for compiling Microchip-style code.

The Enhanced Mid-range support, available in compilers that support 14-bit opcodes, has special built-in functions to reduce code size up to 18% by using optimized string handling and new syntax extensions. Look for the PIC16F1937 Development Kit in December 2009 to begin development with this unique architecture.

Other key changes programmers will find more productive include:
- Switch statements to allow string arguments
- New command-line option to add a source line to the start of a file
- De-referencing of function pointers no longer required
- New Pre-processor function to determine the use of a C identifier
- Edge detection on interrupts allowed
- New function to find port pins that have been changed
- #build/ #export improve interfacing to bootloaders and libraries (example set included)

Special Note to All Customers:
If your compiler had download rights for PCM support as of 01-JUL-09, you have been extended rights to download new versions until 30-NOV-09.

CCS will be releasing additional features throughout November. Many more improvements will follow in December. If you do not have maintenance after 30-NOV-09, contact sales or view your account history at is Under Construction!

Friday 09 October, 2009

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