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Conjure up your USB PIC® project quickly with our new USB Project Wizard!

Friday 08 November, 2013

CCS, Inc. The recent release of CCS C Compiler IDE 5.013 introduces USB in the IDE Project Wizard! Easily configure the USB VID, PID, manufacturer string, description string or the bus power needed.

The wizard allows the use of one of three communication protocols:

  • Communication Device Class, or CDC, creates a virtual COM port on a PC. On Windows PCs, this is the legacy COM ports (such as COM1) which can be opened with legacy terminal software. The CCS CDC library allows the use of printf(), putc() and getc() to communicate to the host PC using the virtual COM port.
  • Human Interface Devices, or HID, is a simple protocol for things like Mice and Keyboards. This wizard allows the user to create a HID project using a vendor specific HID descriptor report. CCS also provides a PC program written in VB.NET to communicate with the PIC in this manner. CCS also provides HID keyboard and HID mouse examples for the PIC.
  • Bulk transfers is a method of reading/writing directly to the buffer endpoint. Using this method does require drivers for your operating system, but since XP Microsoft has been shipping WinUSB which is compatible with this mode. CCS does provide a VB.NET demo application to show how to use this driver to communicate with the PIC.

CCS IDE Project Wizard includes USB as well as TCP/IP. The IDE requires a minimum operating system of Windows 95(or later) or Linux.

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