Performance Pak

The Performance Pak (AC244002) for the MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator provides high-speed/Low-Voltage Differential Signal (LVDS) communication between the emulator and a target. The emulator system can be configured to use the Performance Pak for communicating debug and programming instructions to the target. Compared to standard communication methods, this form of communication provides the following features:

  • Noise-cancellation from the LVDS technology, which supplies the following benefits:
    • Communication speeds greater than 15 MIPS for data capture, runtime watches, and Native trace
    • Longer distances between the emulator and the target
    • Operation in noisy environments
  • Two additional pins used for SPI trace

Performance Pak connections to enable the above features are shown in the following sections. Performance Pak hardware details are shown in the "Performance Pak Hardware" article.

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