According to Microchip Digilent is currently working on a USB, Ethernet, and CAN shield for the chipKIT. This is a really interesting project because it means drivers for PIC USB and Ethernet peripherals will be released. To jive with the Arduino community those drivers will need to be open source. We’ve had nothing but problems with Microchip’s driver licenses in the past, open drivers will make it easier for beginners to get started with these cool peripherals.
Microchip put us in contact with the shield developer at Digilent. We didn’t get much insight, but they confirmed that USB and Ethernet libraries will be released with the board:
Yes, indeed we are nearing completion of a chipKIT Network Shield that will offer USB, Ethernet, and CAN support for the Max32 chipKIT board.
We are currently working on Ethernet and USB libraries that will be integrated into the IDE later this summer.
We’ll have to wait and see.