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RS Components introduces Microchip MPLAB® ICD 4 in-circuit debugger kit with faster processor and increased RAM

Next-generation debugger kit from Microchip provides higher speed capability and improved debugging flexibility

OXFORD, UK, 19 September, 2017 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of the new MPLAB ICD 4 in-circuit debugger from Microchip. (http://uk.rs-online.com/web/b/microchip/). The MPLAB ICD 4 (http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/semiconductor-development-kit-accessories/1349695 ) is an In-Circuit programming and Debugging (ICD) development tool for PIC® microcontrollers, including the latest PIC32C MCUs, and Microchip’s portfolio of dsPIC® digital signal controllers, via the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

This latest version of the MPLAB ICD includes not only all the features of the ICD 3 debugger, including support for all the headers of the ICD 3, but also delivers enhanced capabilities such as higher speed via a faster processor and increased RAM.

The MPLAB ICD 4’s significant improvement in speed is accomplished through a 32-bit MCU running at 300 MHz. Faster processing, together with an increased buffer memory of 2 MB, results in a product that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

The MPLAB ICD 4 is housed in a durable black case that is shaped like an ice-hockey-puck. The case has a brushed aluminium top that also includes an LED light strip to show the device’s debugging status. Major features of the new ICD 4 include: a wide target voltage range, from 1.2 to 5.5V; an optional 1A external power supply; a selectable pull up/pull down option to the target interface; data-integrity check; programmable adjustment of debugging speed for optimised programming; and JTAG debugging capability.

In addition to the MPLAB ICD 4 in-circuit debugger module, the kit includes a USB cable, a 6-inch RJ-11 modular cable and an interface test module. The MPLAB ICD is connected to a PC via a high-speed USB 3.0-compatible interface and to the target via the RJ-11 connector, which is also compatible with the MPLAB ICD 3 and the MPLAB REAL ICE™ systems. Supporting Windows, OSX and Linux operating systems, the MPLAB X IDE has a powerful and easy-to-use graphical user interface, simplifying designs for customers when they migrate from one PIC microcontroller to another.

The Microchip MPLAB ICD 4 in-circuit debugger is shipping now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 50,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-online.com.

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