MPLAB® Harmony v3 Peripheral Libraries on SAMC2x: Step 1

Last modified by Microchip on 2023/11/09 09:08

Create Project and Configure the SAMC21x

Install the MPLAB® Harmony Configurator (MHC) Plug-in in the MPLAB X IDE

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.

Harmony 3 Configurator in the menu​​​

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

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.

Harmony 3 Project Selected

Note: If “32-Bit MPLAB Harmony 3 Project” is not displayed, install MHC.

In the Framework Path edit box, browse to the folder you downloaded the framework to.

If you haven't done this, or want to download it to a different folder, click the Launch Framework Downloader button, then click Next.

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

Launch Framework Downloader button

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, for example, C:\microchip\harmony\v3\training\dev.
  • Folder: Indicates the name of the MPLABX .X folder. Enter “sam_c21n_xpro” to create a sam_c21n_xpro.X folder.

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

  • Name: Enter the project’s logical name as “getting_started_sam_c21n_xpro”. 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.

Configuration Settings Dialog

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.

Description of the Various Fields

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

  • Name: Enter the configuration name as “sam_c21n_xpro”.
  • Target Device: Select ATSAMC21N18A 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 MHC.

Select the Target Device, click Finish

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

Load checkboxes list

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

Main Window for the Project

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_sam_c21n_xpro and go to Properties.

Projects tab

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

Compiler Toolchain for XC32 Selected

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 Easy View by going to the MHC tab in MPLABX IDE and then select Tools > Clock Configuration.

Clock Configuration Selected

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

Click on the Clock Easy View tab, scroll to the right, and verify that the Main Clock is set to 48 MHz.

Main Clock is set to 48 MHz

Tool Tip: Double click the Clock Easy View tab to maximize the window.

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