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 Supply||Board 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 ICD||The 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 Connector||An RJ12 connector allows you to use your own programmer/debugger if you prefer. |
|mikroBUS Sockets||Four sockets for plug-and-play Click boards to add whatever functionality you want. |
|Reset Button||High-quality reset button with surrounding reset circuitry ensures stable reset operation. |
|I/O Groups||Five 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 Level||Use these switches to pull up or pull down buttons in each I/O group. |
|Left Port Headers||Five additional (i.e. triplicate) 2x10-pin headers provide I/O access on the opposite side of the board if you need it. |
|RS232 Connector||You can implement UART communication through the DB9 serial port. |
|USB-UART Connector||An on-board FTDI chip allows UART communication via USB as a virtual serial port. |
|Audio Amplifiers||The 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 Sockets||Two female header sockets plus two programmer sockets allow you to plug in any PIC-based mikromedia board. |
|ADC Potentiometers||You can simulate analog inputs using these potentiometers which can be connected to each of the seven supported MCU analog input pins. |
|Navigation Switch||The 5-way navigation switch can be used for on-screen menus or as a generic input device. |
|Temperature Sensor Sockets||The board has sockets for a DS1820 digital temperature sensor and an LM35 analog temperature sensor. Neither is included. |
|Piezo Buzzer||The piezo buzzer can be connected to either of two available digital output pins. |
|Breadboard Area||Transparent breadboard with 830 points, so you can assemble a custom electronic circuit and connect it with the rest of the board. |
|Additional Socket||You 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 GNDs||Two 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 |
|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
Note: A mikromedia board is not included. You must purchase one separately.
- mikromedia workStation v7 board for PIC
- USB cable
- Wire jumpers
- Printed user manuals and schematics
- DVD-ROM with examples and documentation
mikromedia workStation Board Resources