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Microchip Releases New Version of MPLAB Harmony


New Version Supports SAM MCU's and Includes Royalty-Free Security Software


From basic device configuration to Real Time Operating System (RTOS)-based designs, 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) applications vary vastly in complexity and development models. To help developers simplify and scale designs, Microchip Technology have announced a unified software framework with the release of MPLAB® Harmony version 3.0 (v3), extending support for SAM MCUs for the first time. The powerful development environment is progressively adding support across Microchip’s entire portfolio of 32-bit PIC and SAM MCUs, giving developers more options to meet different end application requirements. The new version also adds enhancements to streamline designs, such as royalty-free security software through a partnership with wolfSSL, as well as modular software downloads that allow designers to only download select portions of software based on the needs of an application.

Click for Larger Image - Microchip Releases New Version of MPLAB Harmony MPLAB Harmony v3 provides a unified platform with flexible choices spanning architectures, performance and application focus, enabling developers to learn and maintain a single environment on their computer. To support varying software development models from basic device configuration to Real Time Operating System (RTOS)-based applications, MPLAB Harmony version 3.0 relieves designers from having to download the entire software suite when they only need to use small elements or components of it. For example, developers can now simply download device drivers or a TCP/IP stack as their application demands, saving time and hard disk space. To further streamline development, the software features simplified drivers and optimized peripheral libraries. This alleviates developers from spending time and effort on lower level drivers, allowing them to focus on differentiating applications.

“Microchip continues to add enhancements that make MPLAB Harmony more flexible, integrated and easy-to-use,” said Rod Drake, vice president of Microchip’s 32-bit microcontroller business unit. “With the addition of SAM MCUs to the Harmony ecosystem, designers can speed development with the platform’s code interoperability, optimized peripheral libraries and extensive middleware support.”

To reduce embedded security design cycles for customers, Microchip has partnered with wolfSSL to implement elements of the company’s security suite software in MPLAB Harmony v3. The multi-year agreement with wolfSSL provides developers ready-to-use, royalty-free software-based security solutions that emphasize speed, size, portability and standards compliance. Customers can go into production with a free commercial license anytime during the agreement and will have access to the following elements of wolfSSL’s suite: wolfSSL TLS Library, wolfMQTT Client Library and wolfSSH SSH Library.

What's New in MPLAB Harmony v3

  • Support for SAM families of Arm® Cortex®-M based devices
    • Free development environment
    • No need to pay high licensing fees
  • Easy device and library setup using the graphical configuration features and point-and-click options selections provided by MHC’s GUI
  • Optimized peripheral libraries to simplify device set up, peripheral usage and debugging while saving space in device memory
  • Modular downloads and updates through GitHub for better installation and configuration management
    • Enables you to download just the support you need
    • Simplifies updates and version management
  • Easier integration with FreeRTOS while still providing the same great support for other real-time operating systems and third-party content
  • Unified support for 32-bit PIC MCUs and SAM MCUs and MPUs

For more information on the MPLAB Hamrony software and to download a copy, visit the Microchip Web site at Microchip MPLAB Harmony software page

Note: The Microchip name and the Microchip logo are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.


The company's Web site address is www.microchip.com
[Reprinted with kind permission from Microchip Corporation - Release Date, 19th March, 2019]