Flowcode V6 Chip Packs for dsPIC & PIC24 (MMM28G)

What is Flowcode?
Flowcode allows you to quickly and easily develop complex electronic and electromechanical systems. The graphical programming tool allows those with little experience to develop systems in minutes.

Flowcode is an advanced integrated development environment (IDE) for electronic and electromechanical system development. Engineers—both professional and academic use Flowcode to develop systems for control and measurement based on microcontrollers or on rugged industrial interfaces using Windows compatible personal computers.

Flowcode is perfect for those programming PIC devices including Microchips 8bit, 16bit and 32 bit range of microcontrollers. Its also an easy and effective solution for programming Atmel AVR, Arduino and ARM based devices.

With a flexible licensing structure including a free version of Flowcode, which is excellent for learning programming, developing applications at home or for prototyping designs, users can build a bespoke licence perfect for their embedded system development requirements.

Microcontroller flexibility Flowcode gives you the ability to work with multiple chip variants in an easy and flexible way. Whether you are learning and developing simple designs using 8 bit PIC or Arduino microcontrollers, or you are wanting more power and opt for 32 bit PIC or ARM devices, Flowcode is perfect for you. Whats more, Flowcode makes code-porting simple, meaning you can switch target devices with ease.

Flowcode saves time
Being an intuitive, graphical programming IDE gives Flowcode users the ability to develop complex systems quickly. Engineers use Flowcode as opposed to textual based languages such as C, because it allows for fast development, speeding up learning processes for microcontroller systems development and time to market for product design engineers.

Test & Debugging
Built into Flowcode is a data recorder and oscilloscope which makes test and debugging procedures straightforward. Whats more, Flowcode is also compatible with external hardware including oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators and more. Matrixs very own Ghost Technology on hardware including the EB006 and EB091 provides a real time log of the status of all the pins on the microcontroller whilst a Flowcode program is running on the device.

Non-programmer friendly
Those with little or no programming experience can use Flowcode without barriers. The latest version includes a range of templates for popular development boards including a number of Microchip devices. In a matter if minutes, beginners can start to develop electronics systems using the graphical IDE. For mechanical and other types of engineers, Flowcode is perfect for teaching and learning key microcontroller system principles.

Advanced simulation
Flowcodes compatibility with 3D CAD packages including DesignSpark Mechanical and Solidworks means those who are developing electromechanical designs can now characterise and simulate them in Flowcode. With an advanced 3D engine, users can test designs before deploying to microcontrollers or work in simulation mode only.

Features of Flowcode 7
Graphical Programming
Simple, flowchart icons
The graphical icons which are used to develop your system within Flowcode are easy-to-use. If you are a first time developer or have little experience of developing electronic systems, Flowcode will make it easy for you to pick up the fundamentals and run with your designs. For version 7, users can also now customise their projects with colour coded sections, to make complex projects easier to navigate.

Fast system development
Programming can be a complex, drawn out process and can often and easily result in errors. Ensuring your code is accurate and precise takes skill and time. With Flowcode, your job becomes easier. Programs that previously took hours to design and perfect can be brought together in minutes.

Learn and program using code
If you are more advanced in your understanding of programming, or have pre-written code you want to embed into your design, Flowcode allows you to do just that. Whats more, if you are using graphical icons, you can view and learn code side-by-side with your design, meaning academic users of Flowcode develop their learning over time.

Test & Debugging
Ghost Technology
Ghost Technology is an advanced way of testing and debugging your electronic system. Using Matrixs E-blocks hardware (EB006v9 and EB091, PIC and dsPIC multi-programmer boards), you can monitor every pin on your microcontroller and monitor and interpret serial data inputs and outputs. Flowcode includes an in-software oscilloscope and data recorder which displays feedback and information live from the hardware you are using after compilation

Simulation debugger
For many engineers, a key requirement is to ensure the designs you have developed will work when you compile to your microcontroller. Flowcode allows you to do all you need in simulation (see page 9) using the simulation debugger which becomes active during simulation and is used to monitor both the values of the variables in your program and the macros which are being called.

Code profiling
Code profiling is a new feature that will be launched for the first time in Flowcode 7. This feature shows when icons have been ‘hit’ during a simulation run, highlighting sections of code that may be deemed redundant and other parts which are executed more often and may need optimising to improve program efficiency.

Simulation
Create simple designs
You can use the Flowcode system panel tools to create your own simple 3D models within the software itself. Test the accuracy of your program by creating a simple actuator or valve, or add simple shapes to your existing designs and use the built in API to control these creations during simulation.

Import your designs from CAD packages
Flowcode integration with third party drawing packages through support for various file formats means that you can easily import your 3D drawings and designs into Flowcode and characterise and bring their electromechanical elements to life with the advanced simulation capabilities.

Multi-view system panel
View your designs from different angles whilst simulation is taking place within the system panel. Split-screen capabilities means you can ensure you are happy with your electronic design. Whats more, simulation speed means your simulation now works close to real-time - so you can verify your design ‘live’

Component Library
Pre-developed components
A whole suite of electromechanical components exist in our large library of parts; from simple switches and LEDs to more complex communications modules. These components are developed and grown with every release of Flowcode we launch to ensure you have what you need to develop your electronic systems.

Communications components
Communications developments form a large part of modern day electronic education and understanding. Communications including CAN bus, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet and WIFI are widely studied across the globe. All of these components are available within the Flowcode environment.

NEW v7 components
Flowcode 7 contains 245 components that can be used to create a wide range of electrical and electromechanical systems. These components can also be used as a basis for creating your own components or simulations. Version 7 includes a number of new components for system development. This includes a number of new displays, communications components including injectors and much more. You can find a full list of components in Flowcode in the version 7 datasheet, below.

Supported Devices

E-blocks
Use Flowcode to program Matrixs electronic modules; the perfect platform for learners, engineers and electronic system developers to quickly prototype your designs on a rugged platform. A range of programming boards and peripheral downstream boards such as input, output, communications, prototype boards and more make this the ultimate development platform.

MIAC
The MIAC range from Matrix gives electronic engineers a rugged industrial platform on which to develop their designs. With MIAC’s now available not only with an 8bit PIC MCU but also 16bit PIC, Arduino and Raspberry Pi (not compatible with Flowcode), users have a rugged PLC which is easy to program and perfect for harsh, industrial environments.

Arduino
One of the major benefits of using Flowcode, is that it simplifies the programming of Arduino platforms. AVR support means you can do more with your Arduino than you ever dreamed – you can even integrate it into our E-blocks modules with our E-blocks Arduino Shields.

8Bit PIC
Flowcode provides support for the entire performance range of 8-bit microcontrollers from Microchip, with easy-to-use development tools, complete technical documentation and post design-in support through a global sales and distribution network.

16Bit PIC
Flowcode also supports Microchips 16bit family of MCUs - also known as dsPIC or PIC24 devices.

32Bit PIC
New for version 7 is Flowcodes ability to support the PIC32 range from Microchip. The PIc32 family delivers 32bit performance and more memory to solve increasing complex embedded system design challenges.

Microchip templates
Another new feature of Flowcode 7 is the inclusion of templates for a number of popular Microchip development boards including the Curiosity and Xpress boards.

AVR & ARM
Atmels AVR devices including the popular Arduino, plus a range of ARM MCUs are also supported in Flowcode 7.

For a full list of the supported microcontrollers in Flowcode 7, please see page 17 of the datasheet.

There are a variety of options available for your purchase of Flowcode v7, these are listed below:-

Order Codes and Pricing
MMM21G: Flowcode V6 Professional Pack, £169.00
MMM22G: Flowcode Chip Pack v7 for PIC, £80.00
MMM23G: Flowcode Chip Pack v7 for AVR, £80.00
MMM27G: Flowcode Chip Pack v7 for ARM, £80.00
MMM28G: Flowcode Chip Pack v7 for dsPIC & PIC24, £80.00
MMM29G Comms Pack A for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM30G: Comms Pack B for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM31G Display Pack for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM32G DSP Pack for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM33G Input/Output Pack for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM34G Mechatronics Pack for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM35G Misc Pack A for Flowcode V7, £30.00
MMM39G Test & Debugging for Flowcode V7, £40.00

Prices are quoted in pounds Sterling as customers are simply charged the standard UK published price, in Rands, converted at the published Rand/Pound exchange rate at the time of purchase. VAT is then applied to the final price. To obtain a price, simply contact us and request a quotation, quoting the relevant Order Code(s).

If you are upgrading from a previously purchased version of Flowcode (v5 or v6), then this latest version of Flowcode (v7) can be purchased at a discounted price. Please contact us for details.



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