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PIC MCU delivers 40MHz at 3V

Posted: 03 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Marty Gold? Microchip Technology? PIC microcontroller? MCU? PIC18F45J10?

Microchip Technology Inc.'s latest PIC microcontrollers (MCU) dubbed the PIC18F45J10 family delivers 40MHz performance at 3V.

Packed into the 8bit MCU is an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), comparator, USART, SPI, I2C and PWM peripherals as well as 32KB of flash program memory in a 28-pin package. These features make the PIC18F45J10 family ideal for a broad range of cost-sensitive applications in markets such as consumer electronics, appliances, medical and industrial, according to Microchip.

Designers of cost-sensitive consumer applications, ranging from appliances to consumer electronics, are demanding higher performance and reduced costs from their 8bit MCUs. The PIC18F45J10, PIC18F44J10, PIC18F25J10 and PIC18F24J10 devices provide a significant reduction in both cost (30 percent lower) and operating voltage (3V) while maintaining 40MHz performance levels, something 5V MCUs just can't do, said the company. In addition, Microchip offers the free MPLAB IDE Integrated Development Environment, which provides low-risk development and shortened design cycles by enabling a seamless migration path to a wide range of code-compatible PIC MCUs.

All four members of the PIC18F45J10 family are available for general sampling and volume production. The starting-price range in 10,000-unit quantities is $1.49 each for the PIC18F24J10 and $1.89 each for the PIC18F45J10. The PIC18F24J10 and PIC18F25J10 are offered in 28-pin QFN, SPDIP, SOIC and SSOP packages. The PIC18F44J10 and PIC18F45J10 are available in 40-pin PDIP, and 44-pin QFN and TQFP, packages.

- Marty Gold

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