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Microchip MCUs come in ultrasmall DFN packages

Posted: 22 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microchip? PIC10F? MCU? microcontrollers? DFN?

Microchip Technology Inc. says all members of its 6-pin PIC10F microcontroller family are now available in ultrasmall 2-by-3mm Dual Flat No-lead (DFN) packages for space-constrained applications. Additionally, three members of the company's 8-pin Baseline PIC microcontroller family are also available in a 2-by-3mm DFN, providing additional I/O and functionality with the same footprint.

According to the press release, this 2-by-3mm DFN packaging requires 30 percent less board space than the current SOT-23 and provides designers with a reduced height, which is often critical in handheld electronics. Also, these families provide ease of use and quick development via a simple and easy-to-learn instruction set, and inexpensive and simple tools.

Key features of the 6-pin PIC10F200/202/204/206/220/222 and 8-pin PIC12F508/509/510 microcontrollers include an 8bit A/D converter, precision internal oscillator operating at up to 8MHz, 256- to 1K instructions (x12-bit program words) of flash program memory, 16- to 41bytes of data RAM and in-circuit serial programming technology for programming after placement on a board.

The PIC10F and Baseline PIC microcontroller families are supported by Microchip's development tools, including the free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment software and all of Microchip's programmers. The PICkit 2 Starter Kit (DV164120) also makes it easy to get started with Microchip's low pin count microcontrollers for only $49.99, the company said.

In RoHS-compliant 2-by-3mm DFN packages, the PIC10F and Baseline PIC microcontrollers are available now for general sampling. Volume production is available for all six members of the PIC10F family, starting at 44 cents each in 10,000-unit quantities, while the Baseline PIC12F508/12F509/12F510 microcontrollers in 2-by-3mm DFN are expected to be available for volume orders in Q4 2006.

- Marty Gold

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