Microchip Technology Inc. Licenses EtherCAT® Technology
Feb 25 15
Microchip Technology Inc. strengthened its commitment to the industrial space by licensing the EtherCAT® technology for its next-generation Ethernet controllers. This license demonstrates Microchip's strategy for expanding its industrial-market presence with a continuing commitment to provide unique, products tailored for industrial designers' needs. Adding EtherCAT technology to Microchip's next-generation Ethernet controllers provides system developers with the high level of integration, flexibility and stability required to design products that meet and exceed today's evolving industrial standards. This licensing agreement, in combination with Microchip's Industrial Ethernet product portfolio and long history as a leading supplier, enables the Company to deliver solutions that increase overall system efficiency and reduce system costs. With EtherCAT technology's 'on the fly' processing and use of standard Ethernet cabling, which eliminates expensive switch fabrics, Microchip's next-generation slave controllers offer the high level of integration and cost optimization required for current and future industrial applications. Additionally, end users can count on the stability of the EtherCAT standard, which has been continually enhanced without fundamental interface changes since its adoption in 2004. This consistency ensures interoperability with existing devices, while providing improvements to meet the evolving needs of designers. EtherCAT technology has also been shown to have the high throughput of any industrial Ethernet standard. These advantages have led to a high adoption rate, which includes more than 3,000 members, globally.
Microchip Technology Inc. Announces Microcontroller Family Providing Multiple Independent, Closed Loop Power Channels and System Management
Feb 24 15
Microchip Technology Inc. announced from the Embedded World conference in Germany a new family of 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC16(L)F1769 family. This family is the first PIC MCU to offer up to two independent closed loop channels. This is achieved with the addition of the Programmable Ramp Generator (PRG), which automates slope and ramp compensation, increases stability and efficiencies in hybrid power conversion applications. The PRG provides real-time, down to the nanosecond, responses to a system change, without CPU interaction for multiple independent power channels. This allows customers the ability to reduce latency and component counts while improving system efficiency. The PIC16(L)F1769 family includes intelligent analog and digital peripherals, including tri-state op amps, 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 5- & 10-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), 10- and 16-bit PWMs, and high-speed comparators, along with two 100 mA high current I/Os. The combination of these integrated peripherals help support the demands of multiple independent closed-loop power channels and system management, while providing an 8-bit platform that simplifies design, enables higher efficiency and increase performance while helping eliminate many discrete components in power-conversion systems. In addition to power-conversion peripherals, these PIC MCUs have a unique hardware-based LED dimming control function enabled by the interconnections of the Data Signal Modulator (DSM), op amp and 16-bit PWM. The combination of these peripherals creates a LED-dimming engine synchronizing switching control eliminating LED current overshoot and decay. The synchronization of the output switching helps smooth dimming, minimizes color shifting, increases LED life and reduces heat. This family also includes Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) such as the Configurable Logic Cell (CLC), Complementary Output Generator (COG) and Zero Cross Detect (ZCD). These CIPs take 8-bit PIC MCU performance to a new level, as they are designed to handle tasks with no code or supervision from the CPU to maintain operation, after initial configuration. As a result, they simplify the implementation of complex control systems and give designers the flexibility to innovate. The CLC peripheral allows designers to create custom logic and interconnections specific to their application, reducing interrupt latency, saving code space and adding functionality. The COG peripheral is a powerful waveform generator that can generate complementary waveforms with fine control of key parameters, such as phase, dead-band, blanking, emergency shut-down states and error-recovery strategies. It provides a cost-effective solution, saving both board space and component cost. The ZCD senses when high voltage AC signal crosses through ground, ideal for TRIAC control functions. These new 8-bit PIC MCUs provide the capability for multiple independent, closed loop power channels and system management making these products appealing to various power supply, battery management, LED lighting, exterior/interior automotive lighting and general-purpose applications. Along with all these features, the family offers EUSART, I2C™/SPI and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology, which are all offered in small form-factor packages, ranging from 14- to 20-pin packages. The PIC16(L)F1769 family is supported by Microchip's standard suite of world-class development tools, including the MPLAB® ICD 3 and PICkit™ 3 and MPLAB Code Configurator, which is a plug-in for Microchip's free MPLAB X Integrated Environment (IDE) provides a graphical method to configure 8-bit systems and peripheral features. The PIC(L)F1764, PIC(L)F1765, PIC16(L)F1768 and PIC(L)F1769 are available now for sampling in 14- and 20-pins in PDIP, SOIC, SSOP, TSSOP, and QFN packages, and volume production is expected in March. Pricing for the family starts at $0.87 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.
Microchip Technology Inc. Presents at Susquehanna's 4th Annual Semi, Storage & Technology Summit, Feb-24-2015 08:00 AM
Feb 21 15
Microchip Technology Inc. Presents at Susquehanna's 4th Annual Semi, Storage & Technology Summit, Feb-24-2015 08:00 AM. Venue: The Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 West 56th Street, New York City, NY 10019, United States.