Microchip Expands 8-bit PIC® Microcontroller Family with Intelligent Analog Integration

  Microchip Expands 8-bit PIC® Microcontroller Family with Intelligent Analog

New MCUs Feature On-Chip 12-bit ADC, Op Amps, High-Performance 16-bit PWMs and
                            High-Speed Comparators

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- May 08, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller
(MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog and
digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters
(ADCs), 16-bit PWMs, 8-bit and 5-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs),
operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators with 50 ns response time,
along with EUSART (including LIN), I^2C™ and SPI interface peripherals. The
PIC16F178X are the first PIC^® MCUs to implement the new Programmable Switch
Mode Controller (PSMC), which is an advanced 16-bit Pulse-Width Modulator
(PWM) with 64 MHz operation and high-performance capabilities. This
combination of features enables higher efficiency and performance, along with
cost and space reductions. The new MCUs also feature eXtreme Low Power (XLP)
Technology for active and sleep currents of just 32 µA/MHz and 50 nA,
respectively, helping to extend battery life and reduce standby current
consumption. Low power consumption in combination with advanced analog and
digital integration make the PIC16F178X MCUs ideal for LED and other lighting
applications, battery management, digital power supplies, motor control and
general-purpose applications.

Available in 28- and 40-pin packages, the MCUs’ intelligent analog integration
paired with Core Independent Peripherals, inclusive of the PSMC, DACs, Op
Amps, high-speed comparators and 12-bit ADC, enable self-sustaining smart
control loops with minimal CPU intervention. This allows for optimal
application control while freeing the CPU to provide incremental application
value, such as system health monitoring, communications, or human-interface
control. Additionally, the MCUs feature a 32 MHz internal oscillator, 2 - 16K
Words (3.5 - 28K Bytes) of Flash, 256 - 2K Bytes of RAM and 256 Bytes of data

“The PIC16F178X integrates intelligent analog and advanced Core Independent
Peripherals, enabling high-performance capabilities within a low cost and
versatile 8-bit PIC MCU, lending itself to numerous applications including
power supplies, power management, motor control and lighting applications,”
said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 Division. “This level
of integration and capability really emphasizes that it is not necessarily all
about the core CPU, but rather the capabilities that can be cost effectively

Development Support

Initial evaluation and development of the PIC16F178X family can quickly begin
with the F1 PSMC 28-pin Evaluation Board Platform (part # 164130-10, $19.99).
Additionally, the PIC16F178X family is supported by Microchip’s standard suite
of world-class development tools, including the PICkit™ 3 (part # PG164130,
$44.95), MPLAB^® REAL ICE™ (part # DV244005), $499.98), MPLAB ICD 3 (part #
DV164035, $189.99) debuggers/programmers, and MPLAB XC8 Compiler.

Pricing & Availability

The PIC16(L)F1782/3/4/6/7/8/9 MCUs are available now for sampling and volume
production in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, 6 x 6 mm QFN, and 4 x 4 mm UQFN; as well as
40-pin PDIP, TQFP, 8 x 8 mm QFN, and 5 x 5 mm UQFN packages. Pricing starts at
$1.18 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or
authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at
http://www.microchip.com/get/T2VS. To purchase products mentioned in this
press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized
distribution partners.


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