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Microchip Unveils Next-Generation In-Circuit Debugger with Unparalleled Speed and suppleness

Microchip Technology Inc. on 16 August 2019 announced the MPLAB?ICD 4, an in-circuit programming and debugging development tool for Microchip’s PIC?microcontroller and dsPIC digital signal controller portfolios. The MPLAB ICD 4 includes full functionalities from the popular MPLAB ICD 3 debugger while adding increased speed using a faster processor and increased RAM.

The MPLAB ICD 4’s significant improvement in speed is accomplished by way of a 32-bit MCU running at 300 MHz. The faster processing, along with an increased buffer memory of 2 MB, results item that can be doubly as fast as the predecessor.

The puck-shaped MPLAB ICD 4 is housed in a durable, black case by using a brushed aluminum top and is also accented with an LED light strip to say debugging status. The tool features the following:

  • A wider target voltage range, from 1.20 in order to 5.5 V
  • An optional 1 Amp of power (running an external power source)
  • Selectable pull-up/pull-down option to the point interface
  • Configurable interface speed for optimised programming and debugging
  • Intelligent, robust interface with fault detection and immunity
  • JTAG debugging capability

Microchip’s MPLAB ICD 4 is not difficult to work with and supports all PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers in Microchip’s portfolio via the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This simplifies the design process for customers when they want to migrate in one PIC MCU to a different in order to reach the requirements of their application.

“Speed and adaptability are the most significant factors when picking a debugging tool,” said Rodger Richey, Microchip’s director of Development Tools. “The MPLAB ICD 4 reduces wait time-and in turn-improves debugging productivity. With speed, compatibility, durability, comprehensive device support along with the award-winning MPLAB X IDE, the MPLAB ICD 4 again solidifies Microchip’s reputation being a leading provider of embedded debugging tools.”


The MPLAB ICD 4 (DV164045) can be acquired today. To order, drop by Microchip’s easy-to-use online sales channel?microchipDIRECT?or contact considered one of Microchip’s authorised distribution partners. To acquire more information, contact any Microchip sales team or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website.