Software Tools and Libraries
MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment
MPLAB® X IDE is used to write and edit code, build projects using the built-in assembler or a compiler, debug projects and program PIC® microcontrollers either virtually in a simulator or using a hardware programmer/debugger.
MPLAB® XC16 C Compiler
The MPLAB® XC16 C Compiler can compile code written for any of our 16-bit PIC® microcontrollers. The free version supports the entire range of 16-bit devices without any restrictions on time or code size. The only limitation is that some levels of optimization are disabled.
Proteus VSM is a visual, interactive simulator that mimics a programmer/debugger and a target board with a PIC® microcontroller. While it is required for the "Getting Started" lab exercise, it is optional for the others. Essentially, Proteus VSM is an alternative to hardware tools. If you don't have a debugger and the demo board specified for the exercises, Proteus VSM may be used instead.
This demo version is not time limited, but it can only simulate a subset of Microchip demonstration boards with unmodifiable schematics as the target board.
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Microchip Technology acquires Atmel