Microchip: connect PIC MCU applications to Google Cloud in minutes

From coffee makers to thermostats to irrigation systems, PIC microcontrollers are at the heart of millions of embedded applications. As developers migrate next-generation PIC MCU-based applications to the cloud, they currently must overcome complexities associated with communications protocols, security and hardware compatibility. To accelerate the development of these applications, Microchip announced a new IoT rapid development board for Google Cloud IoT Core that combines a low-power PIC microcontroller, CryptoAuthentication secure element IC and fully certified Wi-Fi network controller. The solution provides a simple way to connect and secure PIC MCU-based applications, removing the added time, cost and security vulnerabilities that come with large software frameworks and Real Time Operating Systems. Once connected, Google Cloud IoT Core provides powerful data and analytics to help designers make better, smarter products. 

As part of Microchip’s extended partnership with Google Cloud, the PIC-IoT WG Development Board enables PIC MCU designers to easily add cloud connectivity to next generation products using a free online portal. Once connected, developers can use Microchip’s MPLAB Code Configurator rapid development tool to develop, debug and customize their application.

Google Cloud IoT Core provides a fully managed service that enables designers to easily and securely connect, manage and ingest data from devices at a global scale. The platform collects, processes and analyzes data in real time to enable designers to improve operational efficiency in embedded designs.

The PIC-IoT WG development board joins the recently announced AVR-IoT WG development board, giving designers the flexibility to easily create cloud-connected applications with their preferred MCU architecture. The PIC-IoT WG development board is supported by the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment and MCC rapid prototyping tool. The board is compatible with more than 450 MikroElektronika Click boards that expand sensors and actuator options. Developers who purchase the kit will have access to an online portal for immediate visualization of their sensors’ data being published. Supported by complete board schematics and demo code, the PIC-IoT WG development board helps get customers to market quickly with differentiated IoT end products.

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