Microchip PIC32 Processor

The Microchip PIC32 processor is a 32-bit embedded-system controller chip based on the MIPS processor, the RISC architecture treated by many textbooks on computer architecture. The easiest way to experiment with this device is to obtain a PIC32 Starter Kit.

Check our list of projects that explore the use of the PIC32 processor in a university environment.

PIC32 Starter Kit

Inside the kit is

  • A development board
  • USB cable

The CD includes the MPLAB IDE (integrated develoment environment) and MPLAB C32 C Compiler.

Development Board

On the board is:

  • PIC32MX360F512L MCU (microcontroller unit),
  • USB interface,
  • integrated debugger/programmer,
  • 3 switches & LEDs,
  • and an expansion connector (back side).

Using the Kit

The mechanics of using the MPLAB IDE are described in a tutorial.

C Programming

PIC32 Hardware Programming

Using the MPLAB Simulator


Lucio Di Jasio, Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C, Exploring the PIC32, Newnes (Elsevier), 2008. ISBN 978-0-7506-8709-5.

The University of Dayton proudly incorporates Microchip products in our courses. Visit the Microchip Technology web site for more information.

Maintained by John Loomis, last updated 6 August 2008