Microchip Advanced Parts Selector and other handy tools (Online/Offline/Mobile vers)

I used PIC as my primary development platform for years. Selecting a right MCU and checking features while developing is a time consuming task sometimes. Last week, I noticed handy tools in Microchip website.

The first tool is Microchip Advanced Parts Selector (MAPS) tool. There is online and also offline version. I tested both quickly. Online and offline version are same interface. Great, can search, filter and compare various PIC easily.

The link : http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1924&dDocName=en544123


There is also a mobile version for both Android and IOS platforms named Mobile Product Selector.  It is also handy to use with your tablet at workbench while testing something.

Android App Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microchip.andriod.mmps&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5taWNyb2NoaXAuYW5kcmlvZC5tbXBzIl0


Wait, there are also some good tools for discrete components, Analog and Interface Products Presentation – (Offline Only). This is a power point file with good linking. You can click and find right info for interface , analog peripherals and  parts like transceiver, op-amps etc..


Last one is “Product Tables”, all PIC with required info and volume pricing can be downloaded as PDF or CVS format.

Visitor Hits Raise

It was a day of last month, waked up early morning, checked my blog. Usually, I don’t check my blog daily and sometimes once per week because there are not much visitors in my tiny blog. Also I cannot update my blog for a moment. But, my eyebrows raised. There was a site’s notification show that visitors status was more than usual. I checked status report. “More than 10000 visitors in a day”. What the hell is going on. Is wordpress domain under attacked?


I checked the traffic’s source quickly. Its come from “HackADay” and also from “Lifehacker”. I noticed the source of traffics. I am a fan of these two sites. Last year, I posted about my old laptop to All in one desktop conversion. This post was appeared in these sites and also in some several sites around.



Thanks “HackADay”, “Lifehacker” and all visitors for interesting this. Yes, recycling and reusing is good for all.

There is also another reason why I still use such old PIII laptop.

First reason, I don’t need much power for both hardware and software. Mostly, I used this for microcontroller and other circuits design development. So, I used MPLABX, Pickit2, Eagle etc. These software run well in old hardware with windows XP. And some of MCU and electronics tools work well in XP, not in windows 7.

Second reason is that this laptop is versatile. It has various IO ports, serial, lpt and usb. For serial COM port, using a hardware serial port is much convenience with some hardware like JDM programmer. And the LPT port, this is great for using CNC motor driver and handy for any hardware hacking liked JTAG and raw IO access from C++ program. Yes, it is the age of USB and LPT is not included in standard PC any more. For me, LPT is still handy interface for many case. It is fast, easy to access.

Third reason is cost effective for hardware testing. As you know, PC hardware interfacing with DUT is not a safe job. Your new model PC or laptop may blow up and consuming your pockets a lot at any time. Throwing old PC is not like this. I used this oldie for several years. It’s more than it’s price.