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DocuDocument Title Introduction to the BlueBerry (DEVCC) Family
Document Number & Revision> 502 - 00001 - 1.0
Release Date> April  20, 2019
Document Status> Rev 1: Original Document

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Synopsis

The BlueBerry range of devices offers the bobbyist / enthusiast or professional with an extensible and robust platform from which to develop applications. This article is intended to introduce the user to the specific features available in the DEV CC range of PIC Development PCBS.

Note
This topic is introductory, and should be read in conjunction with other topics in this series of training documents.
 

Introduction

The DEVCC is a family of embedded application development PCBs which cater to the wide variety of PIC family packages available. Since PICs are available in 8, 14, 18, 20, 28 and 40 PIN (amoung others in 64, 80 and 100 PINs) packages and owing to the resources needed for each device in each family, a certain PCB  is required. The DEVCC family therefor has a similar, standard architecture, but with differences between the various platforms. The slight differences cater to the specific  requirements of the PIN package. This article will look at the 4 different PCBs and how they fit in to the embedded software development life cycle.

 

First Impressions

Shown below are the three varients for DIP packages and they go by two names as either the DEVCC or BlueBerry. DEVCC is is derived from the PCB being a Development tool, and that it is the same size as a standard credit card. It fits your pocket in two ways, in size and cost. BlueBerry simply because of the striking blue solder mask and that it's fun to create products and systems using PIC Microcontrollers.

In the table below, the individual specifications of the 3 variants are laid out. The DEVCC-V40 is also included as the PCB shares the same layout and features, with the expception that the device is SMD soldered to the PCB.

DEVCC Specifications DEVCC V18 DEVCC V20 DEVCC V28 DEVCC V40
DC Jack YES YES YES YES
USB Powered Capable YES YES YES YES
Bootloader Capable NO NO YES YES
3v3 | 5V0 YES YES YES YES
Package 18 PIN DIP 8, 14, 20 PIN DIP 28 PIN DIP 44 PIN TQFP
LED | Reset Button YES YES YES YES
Headers Ported A, B A, B, C A, B, C A, B, C, D, E
USB UART YES YES YES YES

The above systems constitue the DEVCC range, catering to the PIC16F | PIC18F families of devices.            Learn more »

Lineart View

In the lineart view you can get a good idea of the PCB features. The PIC's pins are tracked to the same location for each variant. This means that if you were to replace the PCB for the purpose of upgrading the project, the PCB is interchangeable with any existing wiring that you may have in place.

Skill up soon . . .

The BlueBerry (DEVCC) range of PIC development platforms offer a versatile and extensible range of options. You can switch beteen devices across families that Microchip provides with ease. It has never been so easy to develop a system or product or just an idea you have bursting to take on a life of its own.