MLA Installation and Overview

Downloading and Installing the MLA


Microchip’s Library for Applications (MLA) is a collection of projects demonstrating advanced PIC®MCU capabilities. In addition to embedded graphics, the MLA supports: TCP/IP over Ethernet or Wifi, USB, capacitive touch, MDD file System, SmartCard, MiWi, and Android development.
MLA projects include the source code for both an example application and the underlying MLA technology. These projects are intended to be starting points for customer product development. The license agreement for the MLA allows customers to modify and use the MLA code on any PIC processor without royalty. (See the license agreement for full details)


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Depending on the operating system used the MLA installation file will either be a .dmg ( Apple), an .exe ( Windows) or a "tar"ed .run file ( Linux).

After "untarring" the .run installation linux users will need to change the file properties to include the execution option in order to run the installation program.

When the installation process begins you will be directed through these screens:


Banner screen to announce the begining of the installation program


Read and accept the terms of the license to proceed with the installation.


The installation directory. It is highly recommended you keep the installation directory as is.


This screen prompts you to include the various application examples in the installation. In order to complete a graphics design with the MLA you must select "Graphics Demo Projects"


The start menu options


clicking "next" will begin the installation process

MLA Directory Structure

The MLA will install a directory called “vYYYY_MM_DD” ( YYYY_MM_DD is the date of the release) in the directory microchip/mla. Multiple copies of the MLA may be concurrently installed on a machine.


After installation, the contents of an MLA installtion directory would look like the one just below. Four of the sub directories are used for graphics projects.

  1. apps - contains sample projects
  2. bsp - "board support package" contains code to run common peripherals
  3. doc - help files for all applications
  4. framework - all the source code and header files for the MLA

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