Explorer 16

The Explorer 16 Development Board is a low-cost modular development system for Microchip's 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers. It supports devices from the PIC24F, dsPIC, and PIC32 families. A variety of families are supported with processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs) for easy device swapping. The board includes a PICtail™ Plus daughter card connector for expansion boards including USB, CAN, Ethernet, wireless, graphics and many more. This board comes with two interchangeable 100-pin PIMs supporting the PIC24FJ128GA010 and dsPIC33FJ256GP710 families or with two interchangeable 44-pin PIMs supporting the PIC24FJ64GA004 and dsPIC33FJ32GP204 families. All supporting documentation and software can be found by visiting the Explorer 16 Development Board page.

Product Features

  • 100-pin PIM header, supports 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit compatible 100-pin PIMs.
  • Breakout area on the board that brings out the PIM pins to allow a variety of configurations for development or debugging.
  • A power switch that allows either 3.3 v or 5 v supply for the MCU on the PIM.
  • Four Mikrobus™ sockets to support hundreds of MikroElectronika Click™ add-on boards to allow a variety of CAN, CAN-FD, or LIN network configurations.
  • Multiple input clock options.
  • Edge connector for PICtail™ Plus card compatibility.
  • Standard 6-wire In-Circuit Debugger (ICD) connector for MPLAB ICD programmer/debugger module.
  • Allows direct 7-30 V input DC power to provide regulated +3.3 V and +5 V output to the entire board.
  • User interface options include analog potentiometer and physical switches.

Note that this board DOES NOT come with any PIMs or power supply. The user will need to purchase these separately as needed.

With 100-pin PIM

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With 44-pin PIM

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  • Includes processor PIMs for both PIC24 and dsPIC families
  • Alpha-numeric 16 x 2 LCD display
  • Interfaces to MPLAB ICD 3, MPLAB REAL ICE and RS-232
  • Includes Microchip's TC1047A high accuracy, analog output temperature sensor
  • Expansion connector to access full devices pin-out and bread board prototyping area
  • PICTailTM Plus connector for expansion boards

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