MPLAB® Harmony v3 Peripheral Libraries on PIC32MZ EF: Step 1

Last modified by Microchip on 2023/11/09 09:07

Create Project and Configure the PIC32MZ EF

Install the MPLAB® Harmony Configurator (MHC) Plug-in in the MPLAB X IDE or verify that MHC is installed.

  • Launch MPLAB X IDE from the Windows® Start Menu. Close any projects and files that are currently open.
  • Go to Tools > Embedded.
  • You will see MPLAB Harmony 3 Configurator in the menu.

menus to find the Harmony configurator

If you don't see it in the menu, install MHC.

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Create MPLAB Harmony v3 Project Using MPLAB X IDE

Select File > New Project from the main IDE menu.

Note: Close all existing opened projects before you start creating a new project.

In the Categories pane of the New Project dialog, select Microchip Embedded. In the Projects pane, select 32-bit MPLAB Harmony 3 Project, then click Next.

new project menu

If 32-bit MPLAB Harmony 3 Project is not displayed, install MHC.

am In the Framework Path edit box, browse to the folder where the framework has been downloaded. If you haven't done this, or want to download it to a different folder, click the Launch Framework Downloader button, then click Next.

For more information on the framework downloader, see the "Download MPLAB Harmony Framework" section of the "MPLAB Harmony Configurator Overview" page.

menu to set the framework path

In the Project Settings window, apply the following settings:

  • Location: indicates the path to the root folder of the new project. All project files will be placed inside this folder. The project location can be any valid path, e.g., C:\microchip\harmony\v3\training\dev.
  • Folder: indicates the name of the MPLAB X .X folder. Enter "pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2" to create a pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2.X folder.

Note: This must be a valid directory name for your operating system.

  • Name: enter the project’s logical name as "getting_started_pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2". This is the name that will be shown from within the MPLAB X IDE.

Note: The path box is read-only. It will update as you make changes to the other entries.

  • Click Next to proceed to configuration settings.

project settings window

Note: Clicking on the Show Visual Help button will open a help window providing a detailed description of the various fields in the Project Settings window.

new project wizard

Follow the steps below to set the project’s Configuration Settings:

  • Name: enter the configuration name as "pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2".
  • Target Device: select PIC32MZ2048EFM144 as the target device.

Note: You can select the Device Family or enter a partial device name to filter the list in Target Device in order to make it easier to locate the desired device.

  • After selecting the target device, click Finish to launch the MHC.

setting configurations

Note: The New Project Wizard opens a Configuration Database Setup window to allow you to review the packages that will be used by the current project.

While the MHC tool launches, it will ask for the packages to be loaded. In the Load checkboxes list, select the csp package (by default, this option is selected) and uncheck all the other packages (if any).

Click Launch to launch the MHC Configurator tool with the selected packages.

packages to load checkbox

The MHC plugin’s main window for the project will be displayed as shown below.

main project window in the mplab x ide environment

Before proceeding, set up the compiler toolchain. Click on the Projects tab on the top left pane. Right click on the project name getting_started_pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2 and go to Properties.

setting up the complier tool chain

Make sure that XC32 (v2.20) is selected as the Compiler Toolchain for XC32. Click on Apply and then click on OK.verify the compiler version

Tool Tip: If you closed MHC accidently, and would like to open it again, go to Tools > Embedded > MPLAB Harmony 3 Configurator.

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Verify Clock Settings

Launch Clock Diagram by going to the MHC tab in MPLABX IDE and then selecting Tools > Clock Configuration.

verify the clock settings

A new window, Clock Diagram, is opened in the project’s main window.

Click on the Clock Diagram tab, scroll to the right and verify that the SYSCLK is set to 200 MHz.

clock diagram tab to set the clock speed

Tool Tip: Double click on Clock Diagram tab to maximize the window.

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