Buck Power Supply Graphical User Interface (GUI) Introduction
The Buck Power Supply Graphical User Interface (GUI) Plug-In is a stand-alone, hybrid (analog + digital), synchronous buck Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) controller for point-of-load (POL) applications for MCP19110/11/18/19 hybrid controllers.
It offers the ability to adjust many key attributes of the analog PWM controller’s operation. While at first it may seem that adjusting and configuring the product performance and feature set may be a challenge, it was with this in mind that the MCP19110/11/18/19 MPLAB® X Plug-In was developed.
This GUI simplifies the configuration of the controller and power conversion system and enables users to get to solutions faster. The GUI is used within the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). No knowledge of the MPLAB X IDE is required but, as you become more familiar with Microchip's software tools and devices, MPLAB X IDE offers a path to support more advanced control algorithms and configurations. The following explains how to install and use the plug-in. The figure shows a general system diagram demonstrating how the GUI, MCP19111, its In-Circuit Debugger PICkit™ 3, and MPLAB X IDE work together.