BASYS MX3 Trainer Board

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Basys MX3 is an MCU trainer board designed from the ground up to teach embedded systems. Featuring the PIC32MX370 from Microchip plus an exhaustive set of peripherals, students gain exposure to a wide range of embedded systems related concepts while using a professional grade tool set.


Adoption is made easy by the accompanying free and open-source coursework including 7in-depth teaching units and 15 complete labs. The Basys MX3 is a versatile MCU trainer board ideal for teaching introductory embedded systems courses or for any engineer looking to become familiar with PIC32 and Microchip toolsets. Other features include:


  • Processor/IC: Microchip PIC32MX370F512L Microcontroller
  • MIPS32® M4K® core runs up to 96 MHz using onboard 8 MHz oscillator
  • 512 KB of Program Flash Memory
  • 12KB of Boot Flash Memory
  • 128 KB of SRAM
  • Four Direct Memory Access (DMA) Modules
  • Two SPI, Two I²C, and Five UART serial interfaces
  • Parallel Master Port (PMP) for graphics interfaces
  • Five 16-bit Timers/Counters
  • Five Input Capture Modules
  • Five Output Compare Modules
  • 85 I/O pins
  • 54 pins support Peripheral Pin Select (PPS) for function remapping
  • Software
  • Designed for use with MPLAB X IDE

System Features

  • 4 MB SPI Flash
  • Onboard USB UART (USB Micro cable required, NOT INCLUDED)
  • Supports baud rates up to 1.25 MBaud

Powered from USB or 5 V external power source

  • Standard barrel jack for 2.0 mm internal-diameter plug
  • No jumper select required

System Connectivity

  • USB-UART Bridge


Additional Resource

Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: July 24 2019

Enrollment Ends: Aug 30 2019

RoadTesters Selected: Sept 24 2019

Product Shipped: Sept 26 2019

RoadTesting Begins: Oct 1 2019

Reminder/Update Email: Nov 1 2019*

Submit Reviews By: Dec 1 2019*

*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


Terms and Conditions


Terms and Conditions

BASYS MX3 Trainer Board

These are the terms and conditions which govern the BASYS MX3 Trainer Board contest. 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.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

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

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on Aug 26 2019

Announcement of Winner (estimated): Aug 30 2019

Prize: BASYS MX3 Trainer Board

Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site:

Site or element14 Community:

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

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

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

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

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on;

· Originality;

· 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:

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

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition 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. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

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

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

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 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;

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

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

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.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

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

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 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;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 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;

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

2.2.3 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;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest 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.

2.2.5 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.

2.2.6 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;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 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);

2.2.9 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;

2.2.10 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 RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

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

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

(c) 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.

2.4 No 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.

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

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 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.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


4.1 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.

4.2 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.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, 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 Competition 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 Competition, 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.

5.1 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.

5.2 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 competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 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.

5.4 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 Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

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

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest 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.

Comment List
  • Thank you for your good words,

    Thank you for encouraging me to publish the final report!


    I see you've been working overtime this week publishing video after video

    come-on, what you saw it was my struggling "a little" with e-14 server which have been blocking my access when posting content.

    honestly, only today I was able to overcome all adversities at last.


    Concerning reports level - your is absolutely high level! as well as remaining "pool",   let me send greetings to all fellow roadtesters here.


    I must confess, that honestly, the top level intimidated me a bit and forced to consider fine tuning my report before decision of final publishing,

    thank you again!

  • Absolutely no need to apologise . I was genuinely interested to know what the other roadtesters thought of the product, and more importantly to see them perhaps explore some of the areas of the BASYS MX3 which I did not understand.


    I see you've been working overtime this week publishing video after video, and I've been watching those, and found them very interesting and you've done your roadtest report getting us (as a pool of 5 testers) to 4/5 complete image, well done.

  • Indeed, I feel obliged to apologize for delay.

    Even with personal circumstances, officially agreed postpone due date make some confusion or disorder  for element14 and manufacturer awaiting comprehensive reports issued according to the timetable

    so no excuse, I know!


    Thank you for proposal of explaining BASYS secrets, Besides documentation and lesson that are good prepared, I hope to continue my BASYS projects -  your offer sounds promising!


    For me (at least) the problem is, (beside wrong PM time calculation and time keeping during the project conducting)

    that publishing report I start public discussion on it, and  If I know some parts are unfinished, in turn - readers cannot figure it.

    That may complicate the situation. - that is the only misere explanation for my issue.

  • As part of the roadtester 'pool' for this great product I'm eager to see the roadtests from and . I'm assuming we all had similar delivery dates, but you may have already been in contact with Randall to extend your roadtest date for personal which case ignore my post completely.


    However, if you've run into problems sometimes it is better to detail those in your roadtest report as an accurate account of what you experienced using the board, that still makes useful reading. That is the kind of feedback the manufacturer wants to see so they can address problems and get their product to a wider market. Feel free to message here (or privately if you prefer) if there is something you need explaining on the Digilent BASYS MX3 image

  • Congratulations to the road testers. This is quite a versatile kit.

  • Thank you Randall, all working now image

  • Rod,


    Try it again. I forgot to change your status. Now it's done. Should work

  • Hi Randall,


    When I go to 'create/roadtest report' I do not have a drop-down available for this Digilent BASYS MX3 roadtest. Although I am far off ready to publish my report I wanted to structure, draft out and 'hang' in the interesting points I wish to cover.


    The roadtest also does not currently appear under the tests in progress section.

  • Hi Randall,
    I have received the Diglent BASYS MX3. It is quite smart and compact.
    It is working after powering up via USB cable.


    Now further evaluation is on the way.



  • Hi Randall,


    My board has just arrived: everything seems intact and as I had re-read the manual over the last week I've powered it up and can confirm all systems are go. Nice power on demo as well. image


    Onwards with the Diglent BASYS MX3 roadtest, thank you.