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MCUs available in 2-by-3mm DFN packages

Posted: 23 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 (MCU) 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 MCU family are also available in a 2-by-3mm DFN, providing additional I/O and functionality with the same footprint.

This 2-by-3mm DFN packaging requires 30 per cent 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 MCUs 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 MCU 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 MCUs for only Rs.2,321.54 ($49.99), the company said.

In RoHS-compliant 2-by-3mm DFN packages, the PIC10F and Baseline PIC MCUs are available 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 MCUs in 2-by-3mm DFN are expected to be available for volume orders in Q4 2006.

- Marty Gold

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