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24-bit CAN Applications Available on the New CAN BUS 24 Kit

Thursday 08 October, 2009

Add more memory and power to CAN applications utilizing the power of the NEW CAN Bus 24 development kit- featuring the PIC24HJ256GP610! The PIC24HJ256GP610 integrates two ECAN bus controllers each handling up to 32 buffers capable of handling 8 bytes of data, of which, up to 8 buffers are programmable as transmit or receive buffers. The buffers can also be set to receive in FIFO mode. Automatic RTR response functions for all 8 transmit buffers can be set, as well as,16 programmable filters and 3 programmable masks.

The new CAN Bus 24 development kit has four nodes that are able to transmit and receive messages from the network. CAN Bus 24 offers a secure communication channel to exchange up to 8 bytes between several network nodes.

Node A: A PIC24HJ56GP610 which includes an integrated CAN peripheral.

Node B: A dsPIC30F4012 connected to an MCP2515 (external CAN peripheral SPI interface).

Node C & D: MCP25050s (stand-alone CAN expanders) pre-programmed by CCS to respond to specific CAN IDs.

Nodes A-C: Have potentiometer, three LEDs and three pushbuttons connections. Node D is connected to a 7-segmented LED.

The ECAN module is completely backwards compatible with the original CAN module- so give CAN Bus 24 a try today!

Development kit for compiler owners only $211.00 is Under Construction!

Friday 09 October, 2009

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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

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

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