Curiosity Nano Development Platform
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
prototyping, and development platform for embedded
systems for several reasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.microchip.com
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.