Microchip Curiosity Development Board

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About This RoadTest

The Curiosity Board is far more than just an entry level 8-Bit development kit . On board programming and debug via MPLAB® X IDE and code generation via Microchip’s MCC will appeal to those new to microcontrollers - hobbyists, makers and students.


The board’s use of pdip components and access to most pins simplifies actual development for all users, in addition, the expansion capabilities offered by incorporating a MikroBUSTM Click board header and pads for an RN4020 Bluetooth Module combine to create potentially powerful IoT solutions.


The Curiosity Board also includes various  LEDs, an mTouch button, push-button switches, and a potentiometer.


Power is supplied via a USB connector on the rear of the board. Curiosity is fully compatible with MPLAB Code Configurator as well as supporting 8/14/20 pin PIC MCUs.

RoadTesters  should be prepared to use the new  MCC ( Microchip Code Configurator )  within MPLAB® X to explore and use the powerful Core Independent Peripherals on the latest 8-Bit PIC® MCUs .

Congrats to the below RoadTesters:





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Curiosity Board


Curiosity Board

Terms and Conditions

Microchip Curiosity Board RoadTest

Terms and Conditions


These are the terms and conditions which govern the Curiosity Board RoadTest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials.. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

1. 1 The Principal terms of the Contest:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

RoadTest: Curiosity Board RoadTest (or the Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on 13 November 2015

Judging Close: midnight (GMT) on  19 November 2015

Announcement of Winner(s) (estimated):  20 November 2015

RoadTest Item(s):  Curiosity Board

RoadTest Site: www.element14.com/community/roadTests/XXXX

Site or element14 Community: www.element14.com

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria: All of the following which will have equal weighting:

1.1 • Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

1.2 • Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

1.3 • A thorough description of how the prize would be tested

1.4 • Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on element14.com

1.5 • Originality;

1.6 • Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

1.7 • Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Minimum number of Prizes: 10

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Contest and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

1. 2 Eligibility

2. 3 Applications:

3. 4 Selecting Winners:

4. 5 Liability:

5. 6 General:

1.8 2.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the RoadTest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.9 2.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.10 2.3 Applicants must not enter the Contest if doing so or taking part may:

1.10.1 2.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.10.2 2.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.10.3 2.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in contests such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

1.10.4 The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.11 2.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.12 2.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.13 2.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.13.1 2.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.13.2 2.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser.

1.14 3.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a response by the Application Close.

1.15 3.2 By submitting a response, each Applicant:

1.15.1 3.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

1.15.2 3.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

1.15.3 3.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

1.15.4 3.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the application or subsequent Blogs submitted for the purposes of the Contest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

1.15.5 3.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

1.15.6 3.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

1.15.7 3.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

1.15.8 3.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

1.15.9 3.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

1.15.10 3.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the Contest.

1.16 3.3 All applications submitted to this Contest must meet the following criteria:

1.16.1 3.3.1 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any application null and void:

(a) (a) Applications or designs which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) (b) Applications or designs that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser and/or the Judges;

(c) (c) Applications or applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

1.17 3.4 No proposed Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

1.18 3.5 A proposed Application must not have been entered into any other Contest, unless that Contest has closed and the Application did not win a prize.

1.19 4.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her Application and its adherence to these Terms.

1.20 4.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out in condition 1 above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

1.21 4.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Participants within 10 business days the Applications Close.

1.22 4.4 The winner(s) will be selected by the Organiser in their absolute discretion based on the Judging Criteria. Winners must meet all eligibility requirements of these Terms. There shall be such number of winners as the Organiser shall determine.

1.23 4.5 The Organiser’s decision is final and without right of appeal. No correspondence will be entered into. The Organiser reserves the right not to select a winner if, in their sole discretion, they do not consider any of the applications to merit the Prize.

1.24 4.6 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to complete judging by Judging and Voting Close and to notify the winner(s) via a blog posted on the Contest Site by the Announcement of Winner Date.

1.25 4.7 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

1.26 4.8 Details of the Winners will also be published in the media.

1.27 5.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

1.28 5.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

1.29 5.3 Subject to 10.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Contest or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Contest, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

1.30 6.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

1.31 6.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a Contest of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

1.32 6.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

1.33 6.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the RoadTest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants and Winners agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

1.34 6.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

1.35 6.6 These Terms and the operation of the RoadTest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

1.36 the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • Hi Gerald,


    I know this is very late and you may already have your answer, but header drilling on P1 is staggered like that to allow the temporary insertion of a row of pins and have them make sufficient electrical contact via friction rather than having to permanently solder them in place.  It also helps to hold them in place while you solder them if you should decide to permanently attach the pins.


    Great review of the board!

  • But what is the right place? Could you tell me? Thanks.

  • Hi,

    well,,,, i liked write a review, but i got an error message: "unknown error" - i can't find a button "review" ?

    Unsere Software-Entwickler finden Sie diesen Code dann sinnvoll, wenn sie mit dem Problem befassen müssen: D144957200C880.1n8o3d6e720:geralds:M11

    then i wrote a message to the support.


    My Review:

    Curiositiy - "Hello World"

    First: (05.01.2016;; so 1'clock in the morning)

    the Board comes without a cable. - This is a little bit tricky, but ok, this was written by microchip's website.

    The power connector is an older type - mini USB-B . So, please do not drop this old kind of cables, because the Curiosity Board needs this.

    Well, this board is so sweet, i like it.

    - Than i connected on the PC - wow, the LEDs are lighting, even i pressed the buttons, the PWM with POT1 works. - done; the µC works.

    "Hello World!""I'm living".


    (I installed the newest IDE - MPLAP X 3.20, because i finished  before an old project... ) - all is now clear, jung and fresh.. ok..
    I connected the IDE (button "refresh debug tool status") to the board, but this not worked. There was no message, what wrong, nothing.
    Ok, // ? USB driver?? - Yes, this was one of the errors, firstly.

    I connected the IPE / Programmer/to the board, selected the right controller,
    than the programmer updated the board-firmware. and USB driver.

    Done! - the board can talking with the IPE.
    But i got an error message " the target device-ID does not correspond with the connected device".

    Than i conneced the board to the IDE, but in the IDE was the error again; no board, no target device.
    Ok... good night, i'm tired.


    Today, - I restarted the PC
    Than optical i searched for an error. May be ...
    Yes i found the error:
    The µC was not plugged correctly into the socket. well well...

    So, i'm tried all again.. and... tada! all is on, connected, and working.
    Done "Hello world".




    1) A 6mm spacer sleeve has to be stuck on the bottom site, because the board and the wires may break.

    2) Do not forget, some dualline-connectors and jumpers have zero ohm resistors on the bottom site!

    Unsolder it, if you use the connectors.
    /what's an idea....?!?!/





    P1 - why are the drillings not in line? May be, the developer can tell me what was the idea.



    And the R26 is very close to the P1.




    at the moment, "for quick jump and play" i tried also  a PIC12F1840.
    May be this device ist not supported yet, or because the error what i had yesterday.
    While the PIC16F1619 was not found by connecting, so i tried this known and programmed device PIC12F1840.

    On microchips website there is a list about supported controllers, including PIC12F1840. hhmmm....


    Summary, the Curiosity Board is a fine small board with that you can make fine projects.
    Look for some reasons every time on both sites (top an buttom) of the board!
    There are some tricky things with that you can damage your board also the target device and its circuit.

    Good luck!
    Best Regards

  • Thank you.

    Your suggestion worked great.

    I have removed my review that I put here in the comments, and I have stuck it in the right place now..

  • The reason I don't suggest the "how to post review" is this...


    I don't see the menu item called "RoadTest Review" ....?

  • is exactly right. Thanks!


    let me know if you have any trouble.





  • ,  Click on the create menu on top of the page here,

    Select RoadTest Review

    Select the roadtest you're enrolled to, and off you go...

  • I am still have to do this review...I think I have time, that terms and conditions says "not more than 60 days from receiving the kit".  It is not even 30 days I received the kit image ... But I will post the review for sure than runaway with the kit image ...

  • Surely not here in comments section... image