Create your first Motor Control Application using MPLAB® Harmony v3: Step 1

Step 1.1: Install the MPLAB® Harmony Configurator (MHC) Plug-in in MPLAB X IDE


Verify that MHC is installed.

• Launch MPLAB® X IDE from the Windows® Start Menu. Close any projects and files that are currently open.
• Go to Tools > Embedded.
• You will see MPLAB Harmony 3 Configurator in the menu.


If you don't see it in the menu, install MHC.

Step 1.2: Create MPLAB Harmony v3 Project using MPLAB X IDE


Select File > New Project from the main IDE menu.

Close all existing opened projects before you start creating a new project.


In the Categories pane of the New Project dialog, select Microchip Embedded. In the Projects pane, select 32-bit MPLAB Harmony 3 Project, then click Next.


If “32-Bit MPLAB Harmony 3 Project” is not displayed, install MHC.


In the Framework Path edit box, browse to the folder you downloaded the framework to. If you haven't done this or want to download it to a different folder, click the Launch Content Manager button, then click Next.

For more information on the Content Manager, see the "Download MPLAB Harmony Framework" section of the "MPLAB® Harmony Configurator Overview" page.



In the Project Settings window, apply the following settings:

  • Location: indicates the path to the root folder of the new project. All project files will be placed inside this folder. The project location can be any valid path, for example: C:\Users\xxxx\HarmonyProjects\samE54_BLDC.
  • Folder: indicates the name of the MPLABX .X folder. Enter dspicdem_mclv2_atsame54_pim to create a dspicdem_mclv2_atsame54_pim.X folder.

This must be a valid directory name for your operating system.

  • Name: enter the project’s logical name as "mc_bldc_block_commutation_dspicdem_mclv2_atsame54_pim". This is the name that will be shown from within the MPLAB X IDE.

The "Path" box is read-only. It will update as you make changes to the other entries.

  • Click Next to proceed to Configuration Settings.

Clicking on the Show Visual Help button will open a help window providing a detailed description of the various fields in the Project Settings window.



Follow the steps below to set the project’s Configuration Settings.

  • Name: Enter the configuration name as "mc_bldc_block_commutation_dspicdem_mclv2_atsame54_pim".
  • Target Device: Select ATSAME54P20A as the target device.

You can select the Device Family or enter a partial device name to filter the list in Target Device in order to make it easier to locate the desired device.

  • After selecting the target device, click Finish to launch the MHC.

The New Project Wizard opens a Configuration Database Setup window to allow you to review the packages that will be used by the current project.


Click Launch to launch the MHC tool with the selected packages.



The MHC plug-in’s main window for the project will be displayed as shown in the image below.



Before proceeding, set up the compiler toolchain. Click the Projects tab on the top left pane. Right click on the project name mc_bldc_block_commutation_dspicdem_mclv2_atsame54_pim and go to Properties.


Make sure that XC32 (v2.41) is selected as the Compiler Toolchain for XC32. Click on Apply and then click on OK.


If you closed MHC accidently and would like to open it again, go to Tools > Embedded > MPLAB Harmony 3 Configurator.

Step 1.3: Verify Clock Settings


Launch Clock Easy View by going to the MHC tab in MPLAB X IDE. Then, select Tools > Clock Configuration.


A new window, Clock Easy View, is opened in the project’s main window.


Click on the Clock Easy View tab, scroll to the right and verify that the Main Clock is set to 120 MHz.


Double click on Clock Easy View tab to maximize the window.

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