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32bit MCUs integrate connectivity, tip memory options

Posted: 08 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontrollers? MCUs? CAN? Ethernet? USB?

Microchip Technology Inc. launches a family of 32bit MCUs to provide embedded designers with memory options that also have integrated, CAN, Ethernet, USB and serial connectivity. The MCUs consume 0.5mA/MHz active current, offer Flash memory endurance of 20k read/write cycles, and EEPROM emulation capability.

The 32bit PIC32MX5/6/7 MCUs maintain common pin-outs for a seamless migration path for scalability and flexibility. The devices help embedded designers to lower costs without sacrificing performance or functionality. The raw performance of the MIPS32 M4K core has been maximized to achieve performance of 1.56DMIPS/MHz.

The family provides 32KB of RAM and up to 140KB of Flash. Each MCU is available in five different pin-compatible packages: 100-pin TQFP 12- x 12-mm, TQFP 14x14mm and BGA packages, as well as 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages.

The PIC32MX5/6/7 family is suited for applications in communications such as point-of-sale terminals, Web servers and multiprotocol bridges. They are also suited for automation controllers and other industrial applications; medical devices; security and monitoring equipment; audio, MP3 decoders, displays, fitness equipment, small appliances and other consumer apps; and automotive aftermarket products such as car alarms and GPS.

Two starter kits are available to support development: one for Ethernet-based designs (PIC32 Ethernet Starter Kit DM320004 at $72) and another for USB-based designs (PIC32 USB Starter Kit II DM320003-2 at $55). There is also a $25 plug-in module (MA320003) for developing the PIC32MX5/6/7 family using the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001).

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
??EE Times Europe

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