Chipstomp assembly – Analogue side

We previously covered Catmacey’s Chipstomp digital side. Now he built the Chipstomp’s analogue side: It’s done.  I’ve assembled the analogue side of the Chipstomp and finally have a fully working device.  There were no errors to fix this time which was a nice surprise.  Just lots of fiddly 0805 surface mount components to place. Check out the video after […]

chipKIT Project 5: Digital stopwatch on seven segment LED display

Raj of Embedded Lab has a series of chipKIT tutorials.  This 5th project will show you how to build a digital stopwatch  on seven segment LED display with the chipKIT Uno32: In this project, we will use the chipKIT Uno32 board to build a digital stopwatch capable of timing minutes, seconds, and 1/10th of seconds, and with a […]

chipKIT Project 3: Easy pulse meter

Raj over at Embedded Lab has just finished a new Pulse Meter project based on chipKIT Uno32 and Easy Pulse sensor: This is a third project in our chipKIT tutorial series and today we are going to construct a simple pulse rate meter using our Easy Pulse sensor with Digilent’s chipKIT Uno32 board. Digilent’s chipKIT Basic […]

DesignSpark chipKIT Challenge

Manuel writes to inform us of the DesignSpark ChipKIT Challenge. According to the contest page, “[p]articipants in this competition must use Microchip’s chipKIT Max32 development board to design an energy-efficient and eco-friendly device. Entries must include an extension card developed using DesignSpark’s PCB tools, should compile using Microchip’s MPLAB IDE software and will be judged […]

chipKIT followup and interview with elektroniktidningen

Swedish publication elektroniktidningen did a short interview and writeup [machine translation] about our chipKIT editorial. Here’s the English Q&A from our emails: Did you get any feedback from Microchip on this issue? The other companies involved in chipKIT – the hardware designer, the software developer – left comments on the article. Nobody from Microchip has […]

Editorial: Our friend Microchip and open source

Microchip jumped into open source last spring with the chipKIT Arduino-compatible development boards and open compiler/IDE. They wanted to tap the existing tutorials, enthusiasm, and customer base of Arduino community, and they were going to play nice with open source. A review of the chipKIT situation today is disappointing. The compiler still replies on closed […]

Followup: chipKIT network shield price, source, and more

Gene Apperson from Digilent gave us more background on the chipKIT network and I/O shields: Price of the Basic I/O Shield: I was surprised at how high our cost was on this board. I had originally thought we would be able to sell it for $25, but there is no way we could get enough margin […]

chipKIT network and I/O shields

Joe Desbonnet writes:   Microchip and Digilent have announced new IO and networking shields for the chipKIT (a PIC32 based Arduino clone) Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Digilent, Inc. today announced expanded capabilities for the 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller-based chipKIT™ Development Platform for the Arduino™ community.  First, the companies […]

Week in (p)review: June 03, 2011

Facebook free PCB Friday is on the way. Don’t forget to share your current project in the comments or the forum. Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week: Bus Pirate v3.5 free PCB build Bus Pirate v3.5 was featured in this week’s status update post Updated web server on a business card […]

chipKIT: Open source PIC USB and Ethernet drivers?

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 […]

chipKIT PIC32 compiler Q&A

You had a lot of unanswered questions about the chipKIT compiler. Here’s some answers from Jason Kajita, a compiler developer. Jason wants to us to emphasize that this is the current plan and subject to change. Thanks for the lengthy answers! Is there any new open source code in the chipKIT compiler – files that […]

chipKIT conference call: Yes, it’s all open source

Microchip, makers of PIC mircocontrollers, must feel left out of the hobby buzz surrounding the Arduino. Unable to buy Atmel outright, they did the next most sensible thing and released a duo of open source Arduino-compatible boards. Microchip got the guys at Fair Use Building and Research to add PIC support to the Arduino IDE. […]