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Important note for customers outside Switzerland: The HelvePic32 Kit can be ordered directly from Mathias Wilhelm at the following URL: http://www.helvepic32.org/shop/
The HelvePic32 Kit by Mathias Wilhelm packs great functionality and big power on smallest space. The board is based on chipKITs DP32 design and is geared toward people who have outgrown the Arduino platform and are looking for more bang for the buck.
By not introducing any insane connection spacing like the Arduino boards do, this board is 100% compatible with any 0.1" based prototyping board. No need to buy overprized prototyping shields.
The included PIC32MX250F128B 32-bit microcontroller comes with 128kB Flash/program memory (+3kB for bootloader) , 32kB RAM/Data memory, two UARTs, SPI, I2C, USB interface and much more. The chip has the chipKIT DP32 bootloader preinstalled so that you can start programming the board right away after assembly.
The HelvePic32 has two identical connections on each side for daughter boards which we call either 'shields' (when stacked on top) or 'wings' (if connected sideways). Depending if you want to expand your HelvePic32 board by shields or wings you may want to solder in either straight or 90° female headers (both not included!), please see the recommended products below for matching cuttable header strips.
- 128kB Flash
- 32kB RAM
- 40MHz clock frequency
- USB 2.0 interface for programming
- 2x UART, I2C, SPI
- 5 external interrupts
- 21 I/O pins
- 9-channel 10-bit ADC
- PWM on every pin possible
- Easy to swap DIP chip
- chipKIT DP32 bootloader preinstalled
- All connectors line up in a 0.1" grid, so you can use any 0.1" protoboard for shields and wings
- 3 LED indicators for Power 5V, Power 3.3V and user defined on pin 1
- All microcontroller pins broken out for connecting either shields, wings or directly with wires
- Simple, direct upload from UECIDE or MPIDE
- Jumper selectable pullup resistors for I2C
- Separate broken out connectors for both UARTs and I2C
- USB pins broken out to 0.1" pins
The HelvePic32 comes with great and continually growing documentation thanks to Mathias Wilhelms tireless efforts to provide a wealth of well explained example code and explanations for the HelvePic32 platform.
A number of wings and shields for the HelvePic32 board are available and more are about to come out in the next weeks.