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Power monitor module offers real-time power monitoring and code optimization

The MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module from Microchip Technology Inc. enables designers to identify and eliminate code that consumes high current, in real time. Combined with the MPLAB REAL ICE in-circuit emulator and MPLAB X IDE, this development platform allows users to measure, graphically profile and optimize code power consumption for all of Microchip’s more than 1000 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers.

The Real Ice module offers micro-Amp current measurement with an overall dynamic range up to 1 Amp, and a voltage range of 1.25V to 5.5V. Microchip’s Power Monitor Module is targeted for a broad range of battery-powered, digital power-supply, motor-control and metering applications.

Microchip’s Power Monitor Module provides programmable power to the target, as well as sampling intervals, enabling users to run at specific voltage levels and see tailored measurements. Designers can also set a “current break” threshold level that breaks when exceeded, allowing them to pinpoint the code causing the spike and debug it. All of these measurements can be displayed graphically, via the “Current Profile Graphing” feature, enabling engineers to better understand which sections of their code are consuming higher current.

The MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module (part # AC244008) is available today for $379.99 each at microchipDIRECT.

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