MPLAB® Harmony v3 Peripheral Libraries on SAM D5x/E5x: Step 1

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

Install the MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) Plug-in in the MPLAB X IDE

Verify that MCC 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 Code Configurator in the menu.

Open MPLAB Code Configurator

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.

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

Project creation setup

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

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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.

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

Project path setup

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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_e54_xpro" to create a sam_e54_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_e54_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.

Project naming setup

 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.

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 "sam_e54_xpro".

  • Target Device: select ATSAME54P20A 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 MCC.

Project setup 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.

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

Select a content type

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

MCC content manager wizard

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The MCC plugin’s main 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. Right click on the project name getting_started_sam_C1n_xpro and go to Set Configuration > Customize.

Project view

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

XC32 setup

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

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Verify Clock Settings

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

Clock configuration open

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

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Click on the Clock Easy View tab, scroll to the right and verify that the Main Clock is set to 120 MHz.

Verify the main clock is set to 120 MHz

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

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