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 www.ccsinfo.com/LCD
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