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New In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) boosts productivity with feature-rich programming and debugging

10 January 2022

Embedded engineers seeking complete analysis of projects for rapid development require easy-to-use yet powerful emulation hardware.

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the MPLAB ICE 4 next-generation full in-circuit emulator, debugging and programming development tool for the company’s PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs), dsPIC, digital signal controllers (DSCs), and SAM MCUs and microprocessors (MPUs).

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator is Microchip’s fastest and most feature-rich emulation and programming tool for its MCUs and MPUs, debugging and programming with the powerful, easy-to-use graphical user interface of MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator provides a flexible development experience including advanced debugging capabilities to write power-efficient code coupled with all the features needed to reduce debugging time.

“Engineers can expand their development capabilities with this all-in-one, powerhouse system that provides new possibilities and applications with enhanced hardware and wireless connectivity options,” said Rodger Richey, Senior Director of Microchip’s development systems business unit. “Together with advanced power monitoring capabilities, embedded design engineers can simultaneously optimise both hardware and software for a comprehensive, power-efficient design.”

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator system connects using SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or High-Speed USB 2.0 with an option to go wireless using Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity for flexibility and ease of use. 

The system provides Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless wireless programming and debugging. Ethernet connectivity provides remote debugging for applications which are monitored over long distance. Further, Wi-Fi connectivity is excellent for providing isolation from environmental conditions such as high-voltage motor control applications or floating systems with no ground loop. 

MPLAB ICE 4’s powerful hardware integrates with MPLAB X CI/CD setup over Ethernet creating an effective combination for hardware in the loop. Designers can use the CI/CD wizard to set up Jenkins and Docker on the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00.

It is equipped with power debugging capabilities to monitor how power consumption correlates to code using MPLAB Data Visualizer. Additionally, embedded engineers can extract more from the code by using two independent current-sensing channels with varying resolutions for measuring and optimising the power consumption of a design. 

Engineers can reduce development time using MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator’s advanced features supporting many widely used instrumentation and instruction trace capabilities. ICE 4’s several debug and programming interfaces and options for target connections using adapter boards further help to reduce development time.

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator debugs and programs all Microchip MCUs, DSCs and MPUs, simplifying the design process when developers migrate from one Microchip MCU or MPU to another. With the latest hardware, across-the-board device support, multiple features, reliability, and seamless integration with the latest version of MPLAB X IDE v6.00, it provides a complete development system. In addition to Microchip’s proprietary freeware, MPLAB X IDE for embedded applications, the company provides a full range of free, optimizing compilers, professional-grade compiler licenses, functional safety licenses and code coverage licenses for developers.

For more information about the MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator, visit Microchip’s website

Pricing and availability

The MPLAB ICE 4 In-Circuit Emulator DV244140 is available for $1,799 and includes one accessory kit. Additional accessory kits are available separately. Microchip’s MPLAB ICE 4 Accessory Kit AC244140 is available for $350. To purchase products mentioned here, visit the purchasing portal or contact a Microchip authorised distributor. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor.

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