Digilent Releases Chipkit Compatible Cerebot Development Boards.


Digilent Cerebot MX7cK

Microchip and Digilent® Unveil PIC32-based Cerebot™ Development Boards With chipKIT™ Prototyping Capabilities







CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 31, 2012 [NASDAQ:  MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Digilent®, Inc. today announced several new 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU)-based Cerebot™ development boards with prototyping capabilities for the Arduino™ compatible chipKIT™ development platform.  The Cerebot™ MX3cK, Cerebot MX4cK and Cerebot MX7cK (MX3/4/7) boards provide a single, general-purpose development platform for users to develop a wide range of 32-bit MCU applications using the free, Arduino-compatible chipKIT IDE—called the Multi-Platform IDE, or “MPIDE.”  Users can later migrate to development tools that are more widely recognized in the industry, such as Microchip’s MPLAB® X IDE and MPLAB C Compiler for PIC32 MCUs.  The Cerebot MX3/4/7cK boards break free from the traditional Arduino form factor, providing flexible pin access and connectivity with Digilent’s line of Pmod™ Peripheral Modules. 

Digilent Cerebot MX3cK

Introduced in May 2011, the PIC32 MCU-based chipKIT Uno32™ and Max32™ boards enable hobbyists and academics to easily and inexpensively add electronics to their projects, even if they don’t have an engineering background.  The new Cerebot “cK” development boards include hardware that enables connectivity to the MPIDE, so users can develop with chipKIT via a bootloader application.  Microchip’s PICkit™ 3 debugger/programmer can be used with the Cerebot MX3cK.  The Cerebot MX4cK, and MX7cK, boards feature an integrated programmer/debugger.   These boards are each populated with multiple connectors for Digilent’s numerous Pmod™ I/O interface boards, which provide ready-made interface circuitry for LCD, wireless, motor-control, sensor and many other applications, minimizing the need for users to create original circuitry.  

Digilent Cerebot MX4cK


“These tools demonstrate our joint commitment to provide products that make it easy for new embedded users or experienced designers interested in using Microchip’s products,” said Mitch Little, vice president of worldwide sales and applications with Microchip Technology Inc.  “Great attention has been given to these new Cerebot boards, in order to deliver a robust, forgiving design environment that is perfect for academics and hobbyists, at a cost-effective price point.”

“Students and hobbyists comfortable with Arduino can apply those skills directly to our Cerebot ‘cK’ line, and can quickly and easily enhance their designs on the robust hardware,” said Clint Cole, president of Digilent, Inc.  “Our chipKIT-compatible Cerebot ‘cK’ boards enable students, hobbyists and experienced designers to easily create systems with added functionality, power and expandability.”   

Digilent Cerebot MX7cK

Digilent Cerebot MX7cK


The MPIDE makes it easy for new developers to introduce their own chipKIT-compatible boards.  The MPIDE includes libraries, such as Brian Schmalz’s SoftPWMServo library, which enables users to generate an analogWrite-style output, as well as an RC Servo output, on all pins simultaneously.

Pricing & Availability

The Cerebot MX3cK board (part # TDGL008) is priced at $39.00 each; the MX4cK board (part # TDGL009) at $79.00 each; and the MX7cK board (part # TDGL010) at $99.00 each.  All three boards can be purchased today, at microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchip.com/get/U007) or Digilent’s e-Commerce site (http://www.microchip.com/get/TF8T).  For more information, please visit the Digilent Web site (http://www.microchip.com/get/TF8T), or contact Joe Harris at [email protected] or (509) 334-6306.  More information is also available on Microchip's Web site, at http://www.microchip.com/get/RTSL; as well as the online chipKIT forum (http://www.microchip.com/get/Q0G7) and Wiki (http://www.microchip.com/get/5NAG).

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/5QRS.

Note:  The Microchip name and logo, MPLAB, and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries. chipKIT is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A., and other countries.  All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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