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mikromedia workStation v7 Board for PIC-based mikromedia Boards US$129.00

MIKROE-1189
mikromedia workStation v7 Board for PIC-based mikromedia Boards


The mikromedia workStation v7 is a powerful development platform on which you can program, debug and test your firmware and connect your mikromedia board with the rest of the world. It has an on-board debugger/programmer, and a socket for a mikromedia board. Just plug in any PIC-based mikromedia board and start having fun or working on serious tasks.

The workStation board supports the following mikromedia boards:

Note: The picture shows a mikromedia board installed on the workStation for illustration purposes only. A mikromedia board is not included.

Pin names are organized into five groups and have been given custom names. It's now almost completely irrelevant if you are developing your application on PIC32 or PIC18, because pin names and some pin functions are the same in both cases. A Board Support Package is available with a collection of libraries and sbit variables that will help you in development.

Four mikroBUS sockets allow you to use plug-and-play Click Boards to add peripheral functions beyond what's already on the workStation board. Your mikromedia with workStation v7 can become a control center, PLC controller, measurement station and more.

In order to help you even further, a large breadboard is available at the bottom along with a 52-pin female socket so you can use wire jumpers to connect each mikromedia pin with the breadboard. This is a major advantage if you want to add custom electronics.

This board is perfect for education. You can put any PIC-based mikromedia you need, add Click boards and assemble additional electronics on the breadboard. This will allow you carry out dozens of different experiments and educational examples.

mikromedia workStation v7 Features

One board for all Microchip-based mikromedias

If you love 8-bit programming, use mikromedia for PIC18FJ. If you need motor control, FFT ot DSP, choose mikromedia for dsPIC33 or dsPIC33EP. If you need a 16-bit microcontroller with peripheral pin select and loads of modules, choose mikromedia for PIC24 or PIC24EP. If you want top performance and high processing power, choose mikromedia for PIC32. Whichever mikromedia you choose, it is supported fully by the workStation v7 and its on-board programmer. A table below shows the differences between PIC-based mikromedia boards in detail.

Same pin names for all mikromedias

Naming mikromedia pins in plain English and the same way for any supported mikromedia means that you don't have to browse through datasheets or documentation to do what you want. Also, compiler libraries are provided which will help you even further. When you write your code, you can port it easily from one architecture to another.

Organized ports, buttons and LEDs

Each pin group is organized logically to contain related buttons and LEDs. Tri-state switches simplify settings of pull-up and pull-down resistors on each pin.

Four mikroBUS sockets

mikroBUS sockets help you to focus on the idea not on how to do hardware connections. The same pinout for all Click boards means just snap and go. See the Click boards category to find more than 40 Click boards to choose from, so you can add GPS, WiFi, Ethernet, RS485 or other functionality in seconds.

Breadboard for easy customization

Add motor drivers or relays to the breadboard area and build a fully functional device. Connect custom sensors, add op-amps, make custom interfaces whatever you want. The high-quality transparent breadboard has 830 points so you can do this with ease. It integrates beautifully with the rest of the system. An additional 52-pin female socket is provided so you can bring every mikromedia pin to the breadboard with a wire jumper.

Board Support Package

The abstract pin names designed to make cross-platform development easier are supported by a set of library functions for mikroC for PIC, mikroC for dsPIC/PIC24, mikroC for PIC32, as well as mikroBASIC and mikroPascal for each architecture. After you install the selected BSP package using the Package Manager, you will notice a new library in your compiler's Library Manager window. All function and variable names start with the prefix WS_, which makes them easy to find in Code Assistant.

What's On Board
3.3V Power SupplyBoard is equipped with a power supply unit capable of supporting 3.3V microcontrollers and peripherals. Board can be powered over USB cable or external adapter connectors (barrel jack or screw terminals).
mikroProg USB ICDThe mikroProg In-Circuit Debugger and programmer supports every mikromedia with a Microchip microcontroller. Its USB connector also can be used to power the board.
ICD2/ICD3 ConnectorAn RJ12 connector allows you to use your own programmer/debugger if you prefer.
mikroBUS SocketsFour sockets for plug-and-play Click boards to add whatever functionality you want.
Reset ButtonHigh-quality reset button with surrounding reset circuitry ensures stable reset operation.
I/O GroupsFive I/O groups on the right side of the board each include eight pushbuttons, eight SMD LEDs, tri-state DIP switches to pull up/down a 4K7 resistor on any pin, two duplicate 2x5-pin I/O pin headers, and a 1x10 soldering pad for alternative I/O connection.
Button Press LevelUse these switches to pull up or pull down buttons in each I/O group.
Left Port HeadersFive additional (i.e. triplicate) 2x10-pin headers provide I/O access on the opposite side of the board if you need it.
RS232 ConnectorYou can implement UART communication through the DB9 serial port.
USB-UART ConnectorAn on-board FTDI chip allows UART communication via USB as a virtual serial port.
Audio AmplifiersThe board has two LM4864 audio power amplifiers capable of delivering 675mW of continuous average power into an 8Ω load. They are driven by a VS1053 stereo audio codec and connected to speakers with maximum 0.2W, 81dB output.
mikromedia SocketsTwo female header sockets plus two programmer sockets allow you to plug in any PIC-based mikromedia board.
ADC PotentiometersYou can simulate analog inputs using these potentiometers which can be connected to each of the seven supported MCU analog input pins.
Navigation SwitchThe 5-way navigation switch can be used for on-screen menus or as a generic input device.
Temperature Sensor SocketsThe board has sockets for a DS1820 digital temperature sensor and an LM35 analog temperature sensor. Neither is included.
Piezo BuzzerThe piezo buzzer can be connected to either of two available digital output pins.
Breadboard AreaTransparent breadboard with 830 points, so you can assemble a custom electronic circuit and connect it with the rest of the board.
Additional SocketYou can connect any mikromedia pin to the breadboard area via the long female pin socket along the top of the breadboard. A set of jumper wires is included.
Oscilloscope GNDsTwo grounding pins are available on the board for easy connection to GND reference by oscilloscope probes.

mikromedia Comparison Table

All mikromedia boards look the same. Most of them have the same interfaces and they all have the same price. However, each one has its own unique flavor, whether it is difference in MCU, performance, memory, power consumption or something else. The following table provides a breakdown of the differences between the six mikromedia boards that can be used with this workStation board, so you can decide which one is right for you.

mikromedia PIC18FJ PIC24 PIC24EP dsPIC33 dsPIC33EP PIC32
Microcontroller PIC18F87J150 PIC24FJ256GB110 PIC24EP512GU810 dsPIC33FJ256GP710A dsPIC33EP512MU810 PIC32MX460F512L
Architecture 8-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 32-bit
CPU speed 12 MIPS 16 MIPS 70 MIPS 40 MIPS 70 MIPS 120 MIPS
Flash memory 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 256 KB 512 KB 512 KB
RAM (bytes) 3904 16384 53248 30720 53248 32768
MCU Operating Voltage 2V to 3.6V 2V to 3.6V 3V to 3.6V 2V to 3.6V 3V to 3.6V 2.3V to 3.6V
USB Device Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
USB-UART No No No Yes No No
Consumption
(backlight on)
51.7 mA 56.2 mA 57 mA 59.7 mA 56.2 mA 113 mA
Backlight current 42 mA 42 mA 42 mA 42 mA 42 mA 42 mA
Max. I2C speed 400 kHz 400 kHz 400 kHz 400 kHz 400 kHz 400 kHz
Max. microSD SPI speed 12 MHz 16 MHz 35 MHz 16 MHz 35 MHz 20 MHz
Max. Serial Flash SPI speed 12 MHz 16 MHz 35 MHz 16 MHz 35 MHz 40 MHz
Max. Audio codec SPI speed 3 MHz 2 MHz 2.1 MHz 4 MHz 2.1 MHz 3.33 MHz

mikromedia workStation Package Contents

  • mikromedia workStation v7 board for PIC
  • USB cable
  • Wire jumpers
  • Printed user manuals and schematics
  • DVD-ROM with examples and documentation
Note: A mikromedia board is not included. You must purchase one separately.

mikromedia workStation Board Resources


This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 July, 2012.

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