MPLAB® REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulator
All-in-One In-Circuit Emulator/Programmer
Solution for Microchip Flash Products
MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator System is Microchip’s
top-of-the-line high-speed emulator for PIC® Flash
microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC® Digital Signal
Controllers (DSCs). It debugs and programs these devices
with the powerful, yet easy-to-use graphical user interface of
MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
The MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator probe is connected
to a PC using a high-speed USB 2.0 interface and is
connected to the target with either a MPLAB ICD 3 system
(RJ-11) compatible connector or with the high-speed,
noise tolerant, Low-Voltage Differential Signal (LVDS)
interconnection (CAT5).
The MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator System offers the
following advantages:
■ Full-Speed Real-time Emulation
MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator is designed to
support high-speed processors running at maximum
speeds, allowing embedded engineers to debug
applications on their own hardware in real time.
■ Ruggedized Probe Interface
Protection circuitries are added to the probe drivers to
guard the probe kit from power surges from the target.
■ Legacy and High-speed Connectivity
MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator comes standard
with a MPLAB ICD 3 type connector (RJ-11). An optional
Performance Pak offers high-speed, noise-tolerant, LVDS,
extended length CAT5 standard (up to 10 feet or 3
meters) connectivity.
■ Logic Probe For External Triggers
A logic probe is included and can be connected to the
14-pin header on the unit. It supports 8 user-selectable
input/outputs that automatically adjust to the targeting
voltage level. The outputs can also trigger an external
logic analyzer or oscilloscope.
■ Trace Execution and Analysis
Through its high-speed communication bus, connection
schemes and trace-aware compilers, MPLAB REAL ICE
In-Circuit Emulator offers multiple ways to trace execution
and log information about running applications: real-time
watch, data capture, streaming parallel trace using device
I/O port or streaming serial trace using SPI/UART.
■ Portable, USB-powered and RoHS-Compliant
Housed in a small (4.7˝ W x 3.4˝ D x 0.84˝ H) enclosure,
the MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator is powered
by the USB port, so an external power adapter is not
required. MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator is CE and
■ Ease of Maintenance and Feature Upgrade
Adding new device support and advanced features to
the MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator is as simple
as installing the latest version of MPLAB IDE, a free
download at: MPLAB REAL
ICE In-Circuit Emulator is also field upgradeable through a
firmware download from MPLAB IDE.
■ Low Cost
At less than $500, the MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit
Emulator breaks the price barrier for a complete and
advanced in-circuit emulator, offering new ways to interact
with and debug applications at a fraction of the cost of
traditional emulator systems.
Real-time execution
Fast programming
USB 2.0 high-speed interface to PC (480 Mb/s)
MPLAB IDE integration (included free)
Overvoltage/short-circuit monitor protection
Low voltage: to 1.8 volts (1.8 to 5.25 range)
Read/Write program and data memory of microcontroller
Erase of program memory space with verification
Hardware and software breakpoints
Real-time watch
Capture trace to log instruction execution and variable
contents (~10 KB/s at 4 MHz 16-bit core)
■ Port trace for high-speed upload of trace data
■ High-speed option allows full-speed emulation, high-speed
trace upload and long (validated 10 feet to 3 meters)
■ Processor Paks provide debug interface with no reserved
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Products Supported
Standard Probe Driver
The MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator supports most
Flash PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs. For the most current list
of supported parts, review the “README” file located in
MPLAB IDE. The firmware is continually being updated to add
support for new devices. As new device firmware is released,
it can be downloaded free of charge at:
The Standard Probe Driver uses a MPLAB
ICD 3 type connector (RJ-11) to connect
to the target application. Designs that are
compatible with MPLAB ICD 3 debugging/
programming are quickly converted to use
MPLAB REAL ICE. This driver board is included in the MPLAB
REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator Probe Kit (DV244005).
Host System Requirements
■ PC-compatible system with an Intel Pentium® class or
higher processor, or equivalent
■ 512 MB RAM recommended
■ 150 MB hard drive space
■ CD-ROM drive
■ Available USB port
■ Microsoft® Windows® 2000 or Windows XP®
Performance Pak (AC244002)
The optional Performance Pak
consists of two circuit boards (driver
and receiver) that employ two CAT5
cables. Debug pins are driven
using LVDS communications, and
additional trace connections allow
high-speed serial trace uploads to
the PC.
Ordering Information – MPLAB® REAL ICE™ Products and Accessories
Part Number
MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator Probe Kit, includes MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator and Standard Driver Board
(compatible with MPLAB® ICD 3 RJ-11). This kit contains: one MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator probe, one standard
probe driver, one 14-pin logic probe, one USB cable, one 6˝ RJ-11 modular cable and a CD containing MPLAB IDE
software and product documentation.
MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator Performance Pak, includes a high-speed driver to replace the standard driver board
for high-speed LVDS communications, and a high-speed receiver board. The high-speed driver board uses a second
connector for high-speed trace upload. The Performance Pak contains: one high-speed driver board, one high-speed
receiver board, two 3 ft. CAT5 cables and one MPLAB ICD 3 RJ-11 to In-Circuit Serial Programming™ (ICSP™) adapter.
MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator Processor Extension Paks, available for select PIC microcontrollers, plug into the
processor socket on the target application and, in most cases, allow debug without reserving pins on the MCU.
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