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Curiosity Nano Development Platform

Product Overview

Many professors of embedded systems have increased the amount of “hands on” activity in their courses in recent years. They have also been moving away from large “one size fits all” training boards situated in school labs to smaller, more flexible, lower cost boards owned by their students. When students own the hardware, they tend to do more tinkering. Since curiosity and tinkering are important traits for aspiring engineers, this trend is likely to continue. The Curiosity Nano is an ideal student owned learning, prototyping, and development platform for embedded systems for several reasons. 

1. Architectural Diversity
Supports 8 bit PIC ® and AVR ® MCUs and 32 bit Arm ® Cortex ® core based SAM MCUs, enabling use in a wide variety of courses and curricula. 

2. Broad and Flexible Functionality
When combined with the Curiosity Nano Base for Click boards TM , use the three mikroBUS™ sockets and one Xplained Pro socket to expand the platform with low cost sensors, connectivity modules and more. 

3. Ability to Grow with the Student
Pocket sized boards with extensive, configurable on chip peripherals can be used throughout the curricula and are easy to embed into more open student design projects. 

4. World Class Software Development Environment
Students use the same MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that tens of thousands of Microchip Technology customers use worldwide. Microchip’s MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) enables students to generate startup code via a graphical user interface. The improved MPLAB Xpress cloud version of the environment provides the same development experiences without the need for desktop installation. 

5. Extensive Online Technical Support Resources
Students have access to the same technical support resources as our customers. Data sheets, application notes, example code, software libraries and discussion forums are all freely available at 

Benefits to the University

• Built in programmer/debugger simplifying development and reducing the amount and cost of hardware needed by students.
• Prototype with standard breadboards or Curiosity Nano Base for Click boards eliminating the need for soldering stations.
• Free, unrestricted, development tools that are easy to download, install and manage. Students gain experience with the same tools used by over 50,000 engineers weekly.
• Automatic 25% discount when students purchase hardware via Microchip Direct using their academic email address.