Open-Source IDE Covers Entire Microchip Line with Support for Linux, Mac OS and Windows Users

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A comprehensive open-source integrated development environment has been created for the entire portfolio of 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology. The MPLAB X IDE—with cross-platform support for Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems—provides a host of high-performance features that have been added to the new IDE, including the ability to manage multiple projects and tools with simultaneous debugging, an advanced editor, visual call graphs and code completion. And, MPLAB X is unique in the industry with its support for all the devices made by the company—including all 800+ PIC microcontrollers, dsPIC digital signal controllers and memory devices.

The designers of today’s leading-edge embedded applications are demanding an IDE that provides a solid foundation for high-performance, user-friendly and flexible development. They also want it to be compatible with a wide range of development tools for a broad and reliable microcontroller portfolio with easy migration to decrease the learning curve and protect their tool and code investments. MPLAB X provides a single, unified graphical interface for Microchip and third-party tools, including the MPLAB ICD 3, PICkit 3 and MPLAB REAL ICE debugger/programmers.

MPLAB X is based on the Oracle Sponsored open-source NetBeans platform, which has an active user community that can contribute a wide range of enhancements and third-party plug-ins. In fact, Microchip customers can take advantage of a host of free NetBeans software components and plug-ins that exist today. Additionally, the NetBeans platform allows MPLAB X users to customize the IDE to suit their individual development needs.

Additional features of the new MPLAB X IDE include an import utility for quick and easy migration of projects from old MPLAB IDE platform, code completion and context menus via advanced editor and a configurable watch window. The MPLAB X IDE includes support for multiple compiler versions simultaneously and provides team collaboration tools for bug tracking and source-code control. The MPLAB X IDE can be explored today via a free download from  

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