Robotics Development Kit
Microchip Technology, Inc., announces the availability of a PIC32 32-bit microcontroller
(MCU)-based robotics development kit through Digilent,
Inc. The Digilent Cerebot™ 32MX4 Robotics Development
Kit addresses the growing interest in robotics
applications in the academic and hobbyist markets.
The board that ships with the kit can control up to eight
servos and three DC motors using Digilent PMOD™
H-bridge modules. The kit comes with a free version
of Microchip’s MPLAB C Compiler for PIC32 and an
integrated programming/debugging circuit that is
compatible with the free MPLAB® IDE.
The Cerebot 32MX4 board has numerous I/O
connectors and power supply options — including USB
power — giving users the flexibility to utilize it for a
variety of robotics applications. The onboard PIC32 MCU
operates at 80 MHz, and features 512 Kbytes of Flash
program memory and 32 Kbytes of RAM memory, as
well as numerous peripherals, such as a USB On-The-Go
(OTG), host and device controller, timer/counters, serial-interface controllers, analog-to-digital converter (ADC),
and more. The board inside the kit features two
pushbuttons, four LEDs, eight connectors for RC servos,
and nine connectors for the Digilent PMOD peripheral
modules, including H-bridges, ADCs, and digital-to-analog
converters (DACs), speakers, switches, converters for
easy connection to RS-232, servo motors, and more.
The built-in programming and debugging circuit
eliminates the need for hobbyists and academia to
purchase a separate debugger or programmer.
“The Cerebot 32MX4 is an ideal robot-control
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platform and is designed to work with Digilent’s Robotic
Starter kit,” said Clint Cole, president of Digilent, Inc.
“It’s our latest entry in the fast-growing robotics
engineering education market.”
“Microchip’s collaboration with Digilent is instrumental
to our growth in the robotics and academic marketplaces,” said Mitch Little, Microchip’s vice president
of worldwide sales. “Given Microchip’s commitment to
education and the growing trend in robotics, the Cerebot
32MX4 kit is an ideal, cost-effective, high-performance
solution for academia around the globe.”
Example applications for the Cerebot 32MX4
Robotics Kit include university robotics competitions, senior
capstone projects, robotics workshops for educators, and
numerous other academic and hobbyist projects.
Microchip Development Tool Support
The free versions of Microchip’s MPLAB IDE and
C Compiler for PIC32 can be downloaded from
Pricing and Availability
The Cerebot 32MX4 Robotics Development Kit
(part 32MX4) is available for purchase, at the website
listed below. Normally $79, the kit is being offered at a
special introductory price of $59 for a limited time.
For further information, please contact:
SMC-01 Servo Motor
The SMC-01 servo motor controller from Images, Inc., does not use a microcontroller; instead it uses a 556