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General-purpose PIC MCU saves time, costs

Posted: 22 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MCU? oscillator? processor? PIC? Microchip?

Microchip's PIC16F882 MCU

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced the PIC16F882, the lowest-cost member of the company's 28- and 40/44-pin PIC16F88X family of MCUs, for use in a wide range of applications.

The PIC16F882 provides design engineers with the option to migrate to a lower-cost family member, as their code development stabilizes. In turn, all five members of the PIC16F88X family maintain compatibility with other 28/40-pin PIC MCUs for easy migration, while providing a host of new features designed to save users time and moneyboth during and after their design cycle. The enhancements include dual internal oscillators with clock switching and fail-safe clock mode; up to 14 ADC channels; an advanced comparator module featuring two comparators and a Set/Reset Latch to allow emulation of several analog circuits; and low-power enhancements that extend battery life.

Easy migration
During the later stages of their product cycles, designers begin to look for ways to reduce costs in order to extend a product's life span. Often, migrating to an MCU that better fits their code footprint is an easy way to achieve this goal. The PIC16F88X family provides a consistent peripheral set and multiple memory-size options, making the change a simple one that requires minimal migration effort. The PIC16F88X family is also complemented by a vast portfolio of pin- and code-compatible PIC MCUs that enable customers to quickly move to the right part for their chosen application, without having to write all new code.

Microchip's portfolio of low pin count 8bit PIC MCUs targets a wide range of general-purpose, horizontal applications, and the PIC16F88X family is no exception. Specific application examples include battery-operated systems and battery management, space-constrained and small form factor applications, analog-intensive applications and mechatronics.

Tool support
The five-member PIC16F88X family is supported by the full suite of Microchip's development tools, including the PICkit 2 Development Programmer (PG164120), the free MPLAB IDE and the low-cost MPLAB ICD 2 in-circuit debugger. Additionally, a processor module for the MPLAB ICE 2000 emulator is expected to be available next month, which would complete Microchip's tool-chain support for the PIC16F88X family.

The PIC16F883, PIC16F884, PIC16F886 and PIC16F887 MCUs are in production today and are available for general sampling and volume production shipments. Production volumes of the PIC16F882 MCU are expected to be available in April. The PIC16F882, PIC16F883 and PIC16F886 come in 28-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages, while the PIC16F884 and PIC16F887 are available in 40-pin PDIP and 44-pin QFN and TQFP package options.

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