Embedded Electronic Design & Development
Professional 16 / 32 Bit Development From John Heritage
I have been designing with embedded electronics and embedded micro systems, since the early 1990s, and the industry has progressed on a long way. It fair to say the early micros were fairly limited in power, performance and feature set, compared with todays offerings. Back then I could only dream about the features and the power thats is offered from todays 16 & 32 bit micros. For any professional embedded design engineer a good selection of debugging and in circuit emulation tools is paramount. I have been a loyal fan and supported Arizona Microchip for the last 20 years and invested heavily in their development tools.
It’s very clear Microchip is one of the leading forces in embedded control electronics and I have been designing and using their products extensively. The array of IC’s and microcontroller parts on offer is truly breathtaking, and you can be assured in their vast range of professional products is an IC that will adapt to your product design and requirements perfectly. I have also been informed Microchip is one of the few silicon manufacturers still making a great profit! thus positive news for new products designs that use Microchip components.
Arizona Microchip is not the only semiconductor company I use for electronic part selection when designing, I have good relations with Philips Semiconductors, National Semiconductors, Maxim, Texas Instruments, Dallas Semiconductors, Ferranti, etc.
Professional Embedded Development Systems From Arizona MicroChip
Below can be seen images of the Microchip Engineers Development system I purchased previously, this was called the PIC Master System. Every PIC micro that was chosen in a product design required it’s own PIC probe for the development system, thus each probe had it’s very own bondout chip emulating the chosen PIC chip. This allowed me to fully emulate the chosen micro in the product I was designing, and speed up the product development time.
Because the early PIC IC’s were either One Time Program (OTP) or Window Parts, each micro had to be programmed before use. This process was achieved with the aid of a programmer from Arizona Microchip called the ProMate II. Once I had completed the assembly source code for a given design, I would then use the ProMate II programmer to program the PIC chip before final production. Both the PIC Master In Circuit Emulator & ProMate II Programmer developments tools were high end products, highly priced and designed for the professional engineer.