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Microchip beefs up PIC18F family

Posted: 16 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microchip technology? pic18f? microcontroller? mcu?

8-bit microcontroller

Microchip Technology Inc. recently expanded its PIC18F high-end 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family with the release of a new series that has an extra serial port for expanded connectivity and a faster analog-to-digital-converter (ADC) for quicker measurement. Aside from featuring a sleep current that is 40 percent lower and an operating current that is more than 50 percent lower than previous generations, this new series is touted by the company to be 30 percent cheaper.

The PIC18F8622/8527/6622/6527 series of MCUs provide high performance with its 10-bit, 100ksps ADC; extended communication with two synchronous and two asynchronous serial ports; and longer battery life through nanoWatt Technology and an 8MHz internal oscillator. In addition, the PIC18F8622 is compatible with the company's MPLAB development tools.

According to the press release, Microchip's general-purpose 8-bit microcontrollers are used by thousands of customers across hundreds of application areas. Target applications include industrial (HVAC, communications control, battery-powered instrumentation) and consumer (white-good appliances, battery-powered electronics) applications.

The four members of the PIC18F8622 series are already available for general sampling and volume production. The PIC18F8622 and PIC18F8527 are housed in 80-pin TQFP packaging, while the PIC18F6622 and PIC18F6527 are available in 64-pin TQFP packaging.

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