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Embedded software integrates licensing, resale, support

Posted: 21 Nov 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microchip  RTOS  embedded software  MCU 

Microchip has unleashed what it touts as the first embedded software to integrate the licensing, resale and support of both Microchip and third-party middleware, drivers, libraries and real-time operating systems (RTOS). MPLAB Harmony includes pre-verified third-party offerings from Express Logic, FreeRTOS, InterNiche, WITTENSTEIN High Integrity Systems, SEGGER and wolfSSL, with many more on the way.

The result is that developers can greatly simplify their PIC32 MCU code development process by reducing common integration bugs, accelerating time to market. Support and licensing for all the modules, including the third party RTOS', is available directly from Microchip.

The MPLAB Harmony framework reduces development time and costs by providing a single integrated, abstracted and flexible source for Microchip-tested, debugged and interoperable code. In addition, Harmony provides a modular architecture that enables the efficient integration of multiple drivers, middleware and libraries, while offering an RTOS-independent environment. Not only does this pre-verification and integration speed development, it also increases reuse. On the hardware side, the Harmony framework makes it even easier to port code and migrate among all of Microchip's 32bit PIC32 MCUs. Also, by using this single source for in-house and third-party code (both free and premium) that is supported by Microchip, designers can greatly increase their reaction times to their ever-changing end-market requirements.

MPLAB Harmony is available and the basic framework is free. The first release provides initial support for the PIC32MZ family, as well as the PIC32MX families. Full support for all PIC32 families is planned for the next version release, which is expected in March 2014. Once downloaded, there is a modular menu of free and premium software options that are also available. The expanding list of initial offerings includes FreeRTOS from Real Time Engineers Ltd and OPENRTOS from Wittenstein High Integrity Systems; a TCP/IP stack from InterNiche Technologies; and a CyaSSL Embedded SSL Library from wolfSSL, among many others.

Microchip's MPLAB Harmony Online Design Centre provides designers with a portal where they can easily download the framework and get started with their development. Additionally, the site offers many resources to users of the Harmony framework.

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