Launching the IPE Application

This module focuses on launching the IPE application, main window fields, and running multiple instances of IPE.

Launching the IPE

After installing the MPLAB® X IDE software, double-click on the MPLAB® X IDE application icon found on the desktop as shown in the figure below.


The IPE main window opens:


IPE Main Window Fields

The table shows the IPE main window items and their descriptions.

Item Description
Select Device and Tool:
• Family filters devices by family
• Device chooses the device
• Tool specifies the tool; click Connect or Disconnect as appropriate
• Checksum checksum value for the device with current memory
• Pass Count details the programming operations that passed
• Fail Count details the programming operations that failed
• Total Count the total amount of programming operations
Command Buttons:
• Program (Alt+F5) programs the device
• Erase (Alt+F6) erases the device
• Read (Alt+F7) reads the device
• Verify (Alt+F8) performs a verify operation on the device
• Blank Check (Alt+F9) checks whether the device is blank
• Source the hex file location—Browse to locate the file
• SQTP the SQTP file location—Browse to locate the file
• More/Less Display more or less information
• Output Tab display of output data. Right-click in the Output window to split the view and show the tools
• Tool Tab display of specific tool data, i.e., PM3, ICD 3, PICkit 3 If a tool is connected, right-click in the Output area and select Split View to display the tool tab.
• Memory View displays only if the View>Show Memory is selected, this option displays memory addresses, device ID, configuration memory, etc.
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