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EasyStart 1 Kit - PIC24EP: DevBoard, PIC24EP512GU810, BASIC US$440.65

EasyStart 1 Kit - PIC24EP: DevBoard, PIC24EP512GU810, BASIC

The Easy Start 1 Kit for PIC24EP is a ready-to-use hardware & software bundle to get you started in developing a PIC24-based device while programming in BASIC.

The bundle consists of the following items at a discount:

Please see those individual product pages for full details, downloadable documentation, etc.

EasyPIC Fusion v7 Board Overview

EasyPIC Fusion v7 is the first board of its kind to combine three popular Microchip MCU architectures: dsPIC33, PIC24 and PIC32. No external programming hardware is required, for the board contains a built-in mikroProg fast USB 2.0 programmer/debugger. (Note however that the mikroBASIC software in this kit does not support PIC32. If you swap out the PIC24 CPU card for a PIC32, you'll need mikroBASIC for PIC32 or another PIC32 IDE.)

EasyPIC Fusion v7 is rich with peripherals. It contains Ethernet*, CAN, two USB-UARTs, USB Host and Device connectors, Piezo Buzzer, microSD card slot, LCD with touch screen, stereo MP3 codec with headphone and microphone jacks, sockets for temperature sensors, analog inputs and much more. Each microcontroller pin is connected to two male headers, push button and LED, making it ready for all kinds of development. The board is built with 4-layer PCB routing to achieve excellent signal quality, which is important for SPI and other communication lines running at high speeds.

* Ethernet is not supported by the PIC24EP MCU in this kit.

You can always add more modules using two provided mikroBUS host sockets. Choose between dozens of different Click Boards and bring a new functionality to your board easily.

What's on board
MCU Module Socket The board has a 104-pin socket for placing MCU modules which carry supported PIC32, dsPIC33 and PIC24 microcontrollers in 100-pin TQFP. With this kit, you will receive a PIC24EP512GU810 CPU module. At the bottom of this page, you can add alternative CPU modules. (If you would prefer a PIC32, please see one of the PIC32 versions of this kit which include the PIC32 version of mikroBASIC.)
3.3V power supply Board can be powered over USB cable or via an external power supply (barrel connector or screw terminals).
mikroProg The on-board mikroProg in-circuit debugger/programmer allows you to program the microcontroller on the board via USB cable. The mikroProg's USB port also can be used to power the board when the J9 jumper is set to the USB position.
Ethernet connector RJ45 connector gives you access to the on-chip Ethernet controller of compatible devices. The PIC24EP microcontroller module does not have an Ethernet controller. Only the PIC32MX7 version of this kit has a CPU module with Ethernet support.
Audio connectors 3.5mm jacks enable you to connect headphones and a microphone to the on-board VS1053 audio codec chip.
mikroBUS sockets Two mikroBUS sockets allow you to use plug-and-play Click Boards to add peripheral functions.
Reset button High-quality reset button and circuit ensures stable reset operation.
Serial Flash You can store up to 8 Mbits of data in the on-board M25P80 SPI Flash memory.
I2C EEPROM You can store up to 8x256 bytes of configuration or other data into the on-board 24AA01 Serial EEPROM.
Stereo MP3 codec The VS1053 MPEG audio codec with SPI interface is available for audio input and output. It supports many formats.
ADC potentiometer You can simulate analog inputs using the on-board potentiometer. Jumpers allow you to set which input pin it is connected to.
microSD card slot You can store large amounts of data externally on the included microSD card using SPI communication.
Temperature sensor support The board has sockets for installing a DS1820 digital temperature sensor and an LM35 analog temperature sensor. A DS1820 is included. You can add an LM35 using the option checkboxes at the bottom of this page.
USB-UART connectors Two USB connectors with FTDI USB-UART chips allow you to connect the board to a PC or other devices via virtual serial ports.
USB Host connector You can connect USB devices as a slave to the board, e.g. Flash drives, cameras, MP3 players, etc.
USB Device connector You can connect this board as a slave to a PC or other USB Host via fast USB2.0 interface.
LCD with Touch Panel The board includes an EasyTFT board featuring a 320240-pixel TFT color LCD with touch screen. A touch panel controller and a backlight controller are on board also.
Navigation switch This small joystick can be used for navigating on-screen menus or as a generic input device.
ICD2/ICD3 connector If you prefer to use your own Microchip ICD2 or ICD3 compatible programmer, an RJ12 jack is on board to override the mikroProg.
CAN controller The board has an SN65HVD230 CAN transceiver and screw terminals.
Piezo buzzer The piezo buzzer can be connected to two digital output pins, one of which is the PWM output.
Port headers Two male IDC10 port headers are available for each input/output group one row of headers on the bottom edge, one row on the right edge of the board.
Tri-state DIP switches Three-position DIP switches allow you to enable a 4K7 pull-up or pull-down resistor on any desired port pin.
Push buttons & LEDs Buttons and LEDs in each input/output group enable you to have digital inputs on each port pin. There are 68 buttons & LEDs in total.
Button press level Three-position DIP switches allow you to pull up or pull down the buttons in each input/output group.
Oscilloscope GND pins Three GND pins are available on the board for easy connection to GND reference when using oscilloscope probes.

There are more than 160 accessory boards you can find among the mikroElektronika Accessory Boards category and its subcategories that contain add-ons that plug into the IDC10 and mikroBUS interfaces on the EasyPIC Fusion board.

mikroBASIC for dsPIC/PIC24 Overview

mikroBASIC PRO for dsPIC is a full-featured BASIC compiler for Microchip dsPIC and PIC24 devices. It features an intuitive IDE, a powerful compiler, lots of hardware and software libraries, and additional tools that will help you in your work. The compiler comes with a comprehensive Help file (700 pages) and lots of ready-to-use examples designed to get you started in no time.

Each compiler license includes free upgrades and tech support for the lifetime of the product. The software features a Live Update service so you can get new features and improvements instantly.

The compiler is designed to be smart and efficient, so you can rely on it to do the hard work. It features SSA optimizations that can reduce your code size up to 40 percent.

Please review the mikroBASIC Order Page for a detailed list of features, documentation, and a downloadable demo version.

Changing the CPU

Below, you can select an additional PIC24EP CPU module or add one of the alternative CPU modules that are compatible with the mikroBASIC for dsPIC/PIC24 compiler. The EasyPIC Fusion v7 board also supports PIC32MX460F512L and PIC32MX795F512L CPU modules, but to use them, you'd also need the mikroBASIC for PIC32 compiler. If you want to work with PIC32 primarily, you should consider one of the PIC32 versions of this kit which will come with the PIC32 version of the compiler.

If you have a specific other dsPIC33, PIC24 or PIC32 microcontroller that you want to use, empty MCU cards are available for you to assemble with your own MCU and components.

Optional Recommended Products for this Item
CPU Module: EasyPIC Fusion v7 MCUcard with dsPIC33FJ256GP710A+ US$25.90
CPU Module: EasyPIC Fusion v7 MCUcard with dsPIC33EP512MU810+ US$25.90
CPU Module: EasyPIC Fusion v7 MCUcard with PIC24EP512GU810+ US$25.90
Temperature Sensor, Analog, C Calibrated, LM35DZ, TO-92 Package+ US$1.87
Power Supply 3-12V DC, U.S. plug, 6 connection tips+ US$11.00
Power Supply 3-12V DC, US/UK/Euro/AU Plugs, 100-240VAC+ US$13.00
Ethernet Crossover Cable, CAT5E 350MHz Unshielded, 5ft.+ US$7.00

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 28 January, 2014.


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