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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.

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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 or call us at 262.522.6500 ext. 35.

    New Stack for CCS Wireless-Ember ZigBee™ Development Tools

    Thursday 18 October, 2007



    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

    If you would like us to send you the updated ZigBee stack, please email Kaushik at


    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 or via
    telephone at 262-522-6500 x32.

    If you need an additional ICD unit, click here.

    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 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

    CCS IDE Supports Microchip ICD2 and REAL ICE

    Thursday 29 November, 2007

    Customers who have Microchip MPLAB® ICD2 or MPLAB® REAL ICE programmer/debugger can now utilize the CCS IDE debugger for both programming and debugging. Users can develop, program and debug code using a single software platform – (version 4.064 of PCW,PCWH, PCWHD or PCDIDE) and not need to switch between programming interfaces. These Microchip tools integrate seamlessly into the CCS Advanced Debugger, improving efficiency.

    The CCS Advanced Debugger features logging options, RAM and peripheral watch windows and several other features that are standard for a high end debugging tool. This powerful tool will work in the same manner with the MPLAB® ICD2 and MPLAB® REAL ICE hardware. Once the project is compiled, the user can enable the debugger in the CCS IDE by selecting the name of the programmer/debugger from the "Debug Configure" option on the IDE menu tab and loading the target with the debug code. The debug configure menu can also be used to select a different device for performing debugging.

    Compiler Integration:

  • 1. You will need version 4.064 of the IDE based compiler

  • 2. You will also need to download the MPLAB® ICD2 and MPLAB® REAL ICE interface module from the CCS Downloads Page. Note: If you do not have MPLAB® already installed, you will need to so by visiting

  • 3. The debug environment is built-in to the CCS Advanced Debugger. Once the hardware is connected to your PC, select the programmer/debugger from the "Debug Configure" option on the IDE menu tab.

  • For additional help or instructions on how to use MPLAB® ICD2 and MPLAB® Real Ice with the CCS Compiler, please Click Here to visit the FAQ on this topic.

    MPLAB® ICD2 and MPLAB® REAL ICE will also continue to be supported by our full line of command line compilers (PCB, PCM, PCH and PCD).

    PIC32 MCUs-New From Microchip--- What Do You Think?

    Thursday 29 November, 2007

    What Do You Think about the new PIC32 MCUs from Microchip?

    In October, Microchip announced the newest member of the PIC® MCU family, the PIC32 microcontroller. This 32-bit PIC® family has a MIPS core AND PIC® MCU peripherals for processor migration and use of development tools. For details on PIC32 MCUs, Click Here.

    CCS is looking for feedback on possible future projects or plans to migrate to this chip. Please email comments to or speak to us directly by calling 262-522-6500 ext. 64.

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