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Microchip Brings Integrated Op Amps to Low-Cost 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers

  Microchip Brings Integrated Op Amps to Low-Cost 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers

    New MCUs Feature On-Chip Op Amps, High-Speed Comparators, and ADC for
        General-Purpose, Signal Conditioning and Sensing Applications

Business Wire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- April 23, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
two new 8-bit PIC^® microcontrollers—the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570, which
combine the ease of use of a PIC MCU with low-cost analog peripherals to
create a well-integrated, cost-effective family suitable for a wide range of
applications. With an on-chip dual Op Amp module, 8-bit ADC and two
comparators, these MCUs are ideal for systems that require signal conditioning
and amplification to interpret analog inputs.

The PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 employ a small and highly efficient 8-bit
architecture, and add several features to support ease of use and system
robustness. The all-new hardware interrupt capability gives designers the
freedom to implement more complex functions without adding software overhead,
while an integrated Brown-Out Reset (BOR) can detect faults in system power
and safely reset the MCU to avoid memory corruption. The two MCUs also feature
self-read/write program Flash memory, which allows for high-use data EEPROM
functionality. These key features, along with the integration of commonly used
analog peripherals, make the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 well suited for a number
of low-cost sensor products, such as smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide
detectors, photo sensors and automotive sensor-interface modules.

“At less than $0.39 in high volume, these two new MCUs represent tremendous
value in the 8-bit marketplace,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of
Microchip’s MCU8 Division.

Pricing & Availability

The PIC16F527 MCU is offered in 20-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages, and
is available today for sampling and volume production, starting at $0.47 each
in 10,000-unit quantities. The PIC16F570 is offered in 28-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP
and QFN packages, and is expected to be available in June for sampling and
volume production, starting at $0.57 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

Development Support

Microchip’s full suite of development tools support the PIC16F MCUs, including
the PICkit™ Low Pin Count Demo Board  (part # DM164130-9, $25.99), PICDEM™ Lab
Development Kit with PICkit™ 3 (part # DM163045, $134.99), PICDEM Mechatronics
(part # DM163029, $149.99), PICkit 3 Starter Kit (part # DV164130, $59.99),
MPLAB^® ICD 3 Evaluation Kit  (part # DV164036, $229.99) and the MPLAB XC8
Compiler for 8-bit PIC MCUs.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or
authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website at
http://www.microchip.com/get/JB5A. To purchase products mentioned in this
press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized
distribution partners.

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing
low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to
market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered
in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along
with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the
Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/TT5U.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and MPLAB are registered trademarks of
Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries. PICkit
and PICDEM are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A. All other
trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

Tags / Keywords: Op Amps, hardware interrupts, PIC, Microcontroller, 
Comparators, Flash memory,  Intelligent Analog, Brown-Out Reset, BOR

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