The MPLAB® Xpress board was designed as a simple getting started development board for use with MPLAB® Xpress IDE. The Xpress board is a cost-effective, fully integrated 8-bit development platform targeted at first-time users, makers, and those seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board. Designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Microchip's MPLAB® Xpress Development Environment, the Xpress board acts as a USB memory device and requires no additional hardware to get started. Compiled .hex files can be loaded the same way a file is moved to a USB storage device. Once loaded, a reset will start the program running on the Xpress board.