Microchip Technology Xplained Evaluation Kits

Microchip Technology Xplained Evaluation Kits are a fast prototyping and evaluation platform for AVR® and Arm®-based microcontrollers (MCUs). These low-cost, easy-to-use evaluation kits are ideal for demonstrating the features and capabilities of MCUs and MPUs and can be customized with a wide range of expansion boards. Development is easy with a rich selection of example projects and code drivers provided in the Advanced Software Framework (ASF), as well as support in Atmel Studio and from third-party IDEs (Integrated Development Environments). 

The Xplained Evaluation Kits are designed to be plug compatible with all Microchip Xplain MCU boards, providing a wide range of microcontroller performance depending on the application needs. Microchip Xplained Evaluation Kits are interfaced via the I2C serial digital interface connected through a common header that is compatible with the full range of Microchip Xplain MCU boards.


  • Embedded debugger (EDBG)
    • USB interface
    • Programming and debugging on board SAM D21 through Serial Wire Debug (SWD)
    • Virtual COM-port interface to target via UART
    • Atmel Data Gateway Interface (DGI) to target via SPI and TWI
    • Four GPIOs connected to target for code instrumentation
  • Digital I/O
    • Two mechanical buttons (user and reset button)
    • One user LED
    • Three extension headers
  • Three possible power sources
    • External power
    • Embedded debugger USB
    • Target USB
  • 32kHz crystal
  • USB interface, device and reduced host mode
  • 8Mbit Serial Flash
Published: 2011-07-13 | Updated: 2022-03-11