PIC 24F development board for beginners

Microchip has a new PIC 24F development board for microcontroller beginners. The documentation makes this board stand out. It includes introductory guides to pulse-width modulation, analog-to-digital converters, and other peripherals:

The MX PIC24 Module includes an onboard PIC24FJ256GB110 16-bit microcontroller from Microchip that features 256 KB Flash program memory and 16 KB RAM.  The module also includes 32 KB on-chip EEPROM and an onboard debugger/programmer.  The MX Educational Target Board accepts any MX module and includes a breadboard area, plus SPI, I2C, RS-232, CAN and JTAG ports, along with four LEDs.

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  1. what I hate in Microchip PIC24 and PIC32 boards is that you can’t really use them for prototyping!!!! MCU pins are either inaccessible, or accessible with a very narrow and specialized connector that no hobbist can solder.
    When will they make the pins accessible using simple throught hole connectors (like on all EasyPIC**, Adruino, …. boards).

    1. Yeah, the connectors suck, and you probably can’t buy them anywhere in a reasonable dev-board quantity. I thought the signals on this one were all available at the breadboard though.

      I had a TI development board once (CC1100 maybe?) with a connector that nobody sold, and even the manufacturer wasn’t shipping. It was a daughter board and useless without the mating connector. They ended up sampling me a bunch so I could deal with the board.

  2. Ian,
    the breadboard shown on Microchip site
    is a second board. You need to buy it, and plug the MX module on it to be able to access pins. The MX module costs 80 euro, and the target board (the module having the breadboard) costs 85 euro, too expensive for 165 euro when we can see the mikroE LV24/33 board
    or some other boards on ebay!!!

  3. One of my professors designed and produced a PIC24F board for the microprocessor class. A bit big but except the 100pin microcontroller all parts are through hole, it has an LCD, serial port, a keypad with a different decoder PIC and all pins accessible through female headers. I also designed a motor driver, feedback circuit with a servo as a direct attachment to it. Better than these lousy connectors (have the same problem with a PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit I won)

  4. PIC24 perfect chip only for more perfect Sharp display. but microchip provide strage policy so i can use pic24fj256gb106 with pickit2 and can’t DA210. Need buy pickit3 for next 100$. After this – i pay only pay for chip, if i can’t use more flexible mcu chip (STM32). Never ChipKit helps in this market strategy.

  5. Microchip is the worst on PCB layout/part selection :| (I think they are getting better but not good yet) A PIC24F development board will only need a MCU a few resistors and capacitors, uart-usb converter, and the fu#$%$% pin headers! EEPROM, blabla, they are kind enough to send us those ones as free samples! On PDIP, breadboard friendly packages, not this “buy us a board that have the MCU and another one to connect wires to its pins”. Shame on that.

    The worst board ever: http://www.microchipmicrostick.com/enindex.asp
    It seems nice but guess what headers it has? Female IC headers on the bottom!! WHAT?!?! I had to manually connect wires and the best part was the “getting started” didn’t worked out-of-the-box. I mean, it never worked because I simply gave up.

    I think Digillent should give them some lessons on how to make great PCBs. They have an opportunity now with the chipKIT :) Go Microchip!

  6. I want buy this kit please send me quotation OF #TSTR001 on my mail ID with Kit specification data sheet and try to send its circuit diagram also.

    Thank You.

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