Following on with the microcontroller shootout, today we’re going to look at the ECIO28P from Matrix Multimedia. This is a nice little system which is based on a PIC18F2455 but with Matrix’s own bootloader flashed on to it. The system also comes in a 40 pin version which offers more I/O. The first thing to note about this board is it’s size. It measures 5.5cm x 2cm in total and is perfectly sized to fit into most breadboards. Another thing I noticed with this board is the quality of the pin headers. I know it may seem like a minor detail but a lot of other boards come with the cheapest headers available at the time of manufacturing. The pins on the ECIO28P are just that bit nicer. Again, not massively relevant but I did notice it.
We recently attended the BETT 2014 show and bumped into Matrix Multimedia; they introduced us to the latest revision of their product, Flowcode 6.
We’ll be doing this in a two-part post as Matrix Multimedia kindly gave us one of their development boards to try out (ECIO28P PIC), we’ll be posting separately about what we’ve done with this in another review.
As we understand it Flowcode has been around for many years and has been going through it’s revisions with additional features with every version. There is a large community of users and a generous helping of documentation in the form of tutorials, videos and online courses.