PIC24 dev board design

Brian Dorey shared the approach his team took to prototyping with a PIC24 microcontroller, which as they mention requires more specialized gear than an Arduino / ARM microcontroller. Via dangerous prototypes.

...The prototyping board was designed with removable daughter boards for the microcontroller.  This means that we can use several different microcontrollers on the same board and if we accidentally do something that damages a part of the microcontroller it is easy to replace it without having to unsolder the chip. The PIC24FJ128GC006 includes a USB port so we added one onto the board, this will come in handy if we want to design any devices that act as a USB device or host.  Programming of the board is done through an IDC header which connects to a Microchip MPLAB ICD 3 programmer. To make debugging easier we decided to add a USB to UART chip using an FT230X from FTDI.  This connects to one of the UART ports on the microcontroller and gives us the ability to send and receive serial commands like you can with the Arduino boards.  The debug port can also be used to supply power to the board from the 5V USB bus which is then converted down to 3.3V using a linear regulator.....

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