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Microchip unveils Flash MCUs for cost-constrained apps

Posted: 09 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Microchip Technology Inc. announced four 64- and 80-pin PIC Flash microcontrollers (MCU) targeting cost-constrained applications requiring additional I/O, such as industrial, computing, telecommunications and consumer.

According to the company, the new PIC18F MCUs can help designers of embedded control applications who have a growing need for 8-bit MCUs with increased I/O, balanced with a requirement to consume less power, over a broad range of applications.

"Microchip is increasing its presence in the 64- and 80-pin space of the 8-bit microcontroller market," said Ganesh Moorthy, VP of Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller and Memory Division. "These new Flash PIC MCUs provide designers with cost-effective high pin count options."

The four devices feature up to 70 pins of I/O, 8KB or 16KB of Flash program memory, 768 bytes of RAM and the nanoWatt Technology for optimum power management. In addition to offering maximum I/O flexibility, they offer the programming versatility of Flash memory.

With a voltage range of 2V to 5.5V and operating temperature from -40C and 125C, the new products also feature an external clock with up to 40MHz (10MIPS), 32kHz to 32MHz (8MIPS) internal oscillator, a fail-safe clock monitor, a 10-bit ADC with up to 12 signal channels and 100k samples-per-second, two analog comparators with programmable brownout detect and programmable low-voltage detect, In-Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP), three Capture Compare PWM Modules, and SPI, I?C and two USARTs (support RS485, RS232, LIN).

All four MCUs are supported by Microchip's development systems, including MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB C18 C Compiler, MPLAB SIM tool, MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB ICE 2000 In-Circuit Emulator.

The PIC18F6310 and PIC18F6410 are housed in 64-pin TQFP, and the PIC18F8310 and PIC18F8410 are offered in 80-pin TQFP.

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