Microchip Explorer 16/32 Development Board (DM240001-2)

Part NumberExplorer 16/32, DM240001-2

The Explorer 16/32 Development Board is a flexible and convenient development, demonstration and testing platform for 16-bit PIC24 MCUs, dsPIC DSCs and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs from Microchip Technology.


Detailed Description

It features all the necessary hardware to begin developing and debugging a complete embedded application. The board accepts Processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs) designed for the Explorer 16 or Explorer 16/32 development board for easy device swapping. In addition to the hardware features provided by the board, hardware expansion is possible through the use of PICtail Plus daughter cards and mikroBUS accessory boards. Coupled with the integrated PICkit-On-Board (PKOB), MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger or MPLAB REAL ICE real-time emulation and debug facilities enable faster evaluation and prototyping of application.

Explorer 16/32 Development Board offers only the main board, giving the option to customize the other necessary components. Choose PIM of your choice based on MCUs and DSCs under consideration from wide range of Processor Plug-In Modules. This board is optimal for customers migrating from Classic Explorer 16 to new Explorer 16/32 platform, while all the necessary additional components like Processor Plug-In Modules and PICtail Plus Daughter Boards are already available.

Also read about Explorer 16/32 Development Kit.

Microchip Explorer 16/32 Development Kit (DM240001-3)

Explorer 16/32 Development Board is completely backwards compatible with the Classic Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001 and DM240002) and its associated ecosystem that include:

  • Processor Plug-In Modules (PIMs)
  • PICtail Plus Daughter Boards
  • Code Examples, Prototypes and Software Libraries developed on Classic Explorer 16 Development Board

Use all of existing codes, libraries, prototypes, PIMs and the PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via side PICtail Plus connector directly. Re-use the PICtail Plus daughter cards interfaced via vertical PICtail Plus connector using additional PICtail Plus Expansion Board (AC240100)


  • 100 pin Plug-In Module (PIM) socket, supporting a wide variety of 16-bit and 32-bit PIC® MCUs and dsPIC® DSCs
  • Plug-In Module MA240023 with PIC24FJ1024GB610 installed:
    • CPU
      • Modified Harvard Architecture
      • Up to 16 MIPS Operation @ 32 MHz
      • 8 MHz Internal Oscillator:
      • C Compiler Optimized Instruction Set Architecture
      • Two Address Generation Units for Separate Read and Write Addressing of Data Memory
    • 10/12-Bit, up to 24-Channel Analog-to-Digital (A/D) Converter:Three Rail-to-Rail, Enhanced Analog Comparators with Programmable Input/Output Configuration
    • Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU):
    • Dual Partition Flash with Live Update Capability
    • Low-Power Features
      • Sleep and Idle modes Selectively Shut Down Peripherals and/or Core for Substantial Power Reduction and Fast Wake-up
      • Doze mode Allows CPU to Run at a Lower Clock Speed than Peripherals
      • Alternate Clock modes Allow On-the-Fly Switching to a Lower Clock Speed for Selective Power Reduction
      • Wide Range Digitally Controlled Oscillator (DCO) for Fast Start-up and Low-Power Operation
    • Universal Serial Bus Features
      • USB v2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) Compliant
      • Low-Speed (1.5 Mb/s) and Full-Speed (12 Mb/s) USB Operation in Host mode
      • Full-Speed USB Operation in Device mode
      • High-Precision PLL for USB
      • USB Device mode Operation from FRC Oscillator – No Crystal Oscillator Required
      • On-Chip USB Transceiver with Interface for Off-Chip USB Transceiver
      • Supports Control, Interrupt, Isochronous and Bulk Transfers
      • On-Chip Pull-up and Pull-Down Resistors
  • Power supply 
    • USB Power through PICkit-On-Board (PKOB), USB Type-C or USB-Serial Converter
    • 9-15V DC Power Supply
  • On board USB to UART/I2C adapter for data exchange with PC/Mac/Linux based host
  • USB Type-C (host/device) and Type-A (host) support for applications using USB microcontroller
  • Hardware functionality extension by attaching accessory boards via
  • PICtail Plus interface
  • 2×MikroElektronika mikroBUS interface
  • 2×Digilent Pmod footprint
  • Alpha-numeric 16×2 LCD display, 8×User LEDs, 4×Push Buttons, 10k Potentiometer
  • Microchip's TC1047A high accuracy, analog output temperature sensor
  • Programmer/Debugger
  • Integrated USB programmer/debugger - PICkit-On-Board (PKOB)
  • Interfaces to MPLAB ICD 3, MPLAB REAL ICE, PICkit 3
  • Support for all the existing and new PICtail Plus Daughter Cards
    • Interface PICtail Plus Daughter Cards connected via side PICtail Plus connector directly
    • Interface PICtail Plus Daughter Cards connected via vertical PICtail Plus connector through additional accessory - PICtail Plus Expansion Board

The Kit contains:

  1. Explorer 16/32 main development board

Explorer 16/32 Development Board Schematic Diagram

Other Names:

Explorer 16/32, DM2400012, Explorer 16/32, DM240001 2, Explorer 16/32 DM240001-2, Explorer 16/32 DM240001-2

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