MPLAB® Harmony v3 Drivers and Middleware on PIC32MZ EF MCUs Using FreeRTOS: Step 1

Last modified by Microchip on 2023/11/09 09:10

Create MPLAB® Harmony v3 Project Using MPLAB X IDE

Select File > New Project from the main IDE menu.

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

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

Select 32-bit MCC Harmony project

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

Browse to the folder you downloaded the harmony framework to in the Framework Path edit box. If you haven't done this, or want to download it to a different folder, click the Launch Content Manager button, then click Next.

For more information on the content manager, see the "Download MPLAB Harmony Framework" section of the "MPLAB Code Configurator Overview" page.

Project Path Setup

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In the Project Settings window, apply the following settings:

  • Location: 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: Folder indicates the name of the MPLABX .X folder. Enter "middleware_drivers_freertos_pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2" to create a middleware_drivers_freertos_pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2.X folder.

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

  • Name: Enter the project’s logical name as "getting_started_middleware_drivers_freertos_pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2". This is the name that will be shown from within the MPLAB X IDE.

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 naming setup

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.

project naming setup help

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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.

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 MCC.

project setup finish

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. 

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 While the MCC tool launches, Click on Select MPLAB Harmony content type.

mcc launch

Click on the Finish Button in the MCC Content Manager Wizard.

mcc content manager wizard

The main MCC plugin window for the project will be displayed.

launched mcc view

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 Before proceeding, set up the compiler toolchain. Click on the Projects tab on the top left pane in MPLAB X IDE. Right-click on below mentioned project name
("getting_started_middleware_drivers_freertos_pic32mz_ef_curiosity_v2") and go to Properties.

project view

Make sure that XC32 (v4.30) is selected as the Compiler Toolchain for XC32. Click on Apply and then click on OK.

xc32 setup

Tool Tip: If you closed MCC accidently and would like to open it again, go to Tools > Embedded > MPLAB Code Configurator in MPLAB X IDE.

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Step 1.2: Verify Clock Settings

Launch Clock Easy View by going to Project Graph in MPLABX IDE and then select Plugins > Clock Configuration.

clock configuration open

A new window, Clock Diagram is opened inside MCC.

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

clock configuration setup

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

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Step 1.3: Configure BSP (Board Support Package)

Click on the Resource Management [MCC] tab, In the Device Resources , expand Board Support Packages (BSPs).

Select and double click on PIC32MZ EF Curiosity 2.0 BSP to configure all user LEDs and user switches on the Curiosity PIC32MZ EF 2.0 Development Board.

bsp adding

When BSP is added to MCC, MCC will configure all Curiosity PIC32MZ EF 2.0 Development Board related pins like user LED pins, and user switch pins.

BSP port pins configuration

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