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Microchip integrates new peripherals in small-package MCUs

December 10, 2013 | 14:37
Microchip integrates new peripherals in small-package MCUs
Microchip integrates new peripherals in small-package MCUs

Microchip Technology has announced several new 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers featuring configurable logic and a high level of peripheral integration in 6- to 20-pin packages. The PIC10F(LF)32X and PIC1XF(LF)150X MCUs integrate new peripherals, including configurable logic cells (CLCs), complementary waveform generators (CWGs) and numerically controlled oscillators (NCOs), enabling functionality that was not possible before with low pincount MCUs.


The CLCs enable software control of combinational and sequential logic, which increases the on-chip interconnection of peripherals and I/Os to reduce external component count, save code space and add functionality. The CWG works with multiple peripherals to generate complementary waveforms with dead-band control and auto shutdown for improved switching efficiencies. Additionally, the NCO peripheral enables linear frequency control with high resolution for applications such as lighting ballast, tone generation and other resonant control circuits.


The MCUs also feature low power consumption with operating current less than 30 µA/MHz in active mode and under 20 nA in sleep mode; as well as an on-chip 16 MHz internal oscillator, analogue-to-digital converter, and up to four PWM peripherals. An integrated temperature-indicator module enables low-cost temperature measurements.


To facilitate product development, the PICDEM™ Lab Development Kit now includes samples of both the PIC10F322 and PIC16F1507 MCUs. Additionally, the F1 Evaluation Platform is available for development with enhanced mid-range core 8-bit PIC MCUs, including the PIC1XF(LF)150X family. A free CLC configuration tool is also available.


Image: Microchip Technologies

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