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Microchip's Curiosity board

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Microchip's Curiosity board

Postby chuckt » Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:48 pm

This board supports8-, 14-, 20-pin 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers and for $20, you don't have to buy a Pickit.

It uses PKOB – PICkit on board – for both programming and debugging. ... osity.html ... dev-board/

It looks like a stable board to seat your microcontroller and those concerned about cost don't have to buy a Pickit. It uses a USB interface and who doesn't have USB?

According to the page on supported devices, they only list Pic 12F, 16F and 18F Microchip Microcontrollers and there is a large list. ... ml#devices

There is a user guide and a quick start guide. The documentation and software only lists Pic 16F. There is a nice "sell" sheet to see the features and possibly promote the board.

I like the layout of the board and the documentation.

$20 is cheaper than a Pikit3 and there is already room for expansion.

It is nice they are being competitive because other companies are selling starter kits.

The datasheet from Mouser Electronics currently gives the "sell" sheet as the datasheet which is neither the quickstart guide or user guide.

I haven't seen the dimensions of the board yet but it looks like a small board.

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Re: Microchip's Curiosity board

Postby Granz » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:12 am

I saw this board in the Hack-A-Day post, and looked into it a bit. It looked like a pretty cool dev kit, but I did not notice any price (not that I really looked.) Twenty bucks is pretty good, especially since it programs the chips too. That has always been one of the big selling points for Atmel - I can get a USBASP programmer for under $3.00 (delivered,) whereas the PIC programmers are 10-20 times more expensive. Yeah, that is not a lot for a professional developer, but it does raise the cost of entry. Even the Curiosity board is over six times the cost of the USBASP programmer, of course you get a WHOLE lot more with that one.

Once we recover from the year-and-a-half of being unemployed, a bit, I think that I may get one. Although I am pretty well fully invested in Atmel (over 90% of my stock is Atmel,) so it may wait a bit longer. The PIC has been intriguing to me, ever since Michael Covington's No Parts PIC Programmer article ( in the September 1998 issue of Electronics Now ( ... 998-09.pdf, page 35, which is page 31 in the PDF file.) So, hopefully someday.
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