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Microchip develops 'smallest' MCUs for embedded apps

Posted: 14 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microchip Technology  8bit  microcontroller  IEEE 802.3  MCU 

8bit MCU from Microchip Tech

Microchip Technology Inc. has claimed to have developed a family of the "industry's smallest" 8bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with an integrated IEEE 802.3-compliant Ethernet communications peripheral.

The PIC18F97J60 family is optimised for embedded applications and has an on-chip Medium Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer Device (PHY). By integrating a 10BASE-T Ethernet controller onto a 10MIPS PIC18 MCU with up to 128KB of Flash program memory, Microchip is providing embedded systems designers with a single-chip remote-communication solution for a wide range of applications. Due to this integration, designers can now have network connectivity in 64- to 100-pin packages. Microchip also offers a free TCP/IP software stack to help reduce development time.

"The need to access embedded applications remotely using Ethernet can be fully realised through the selection of the PIC18F97J60 family," said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division.

The PIC18F97J60 MCU family suits applications like industrial automation, building automation, commercial control and home control. All nine members of the PIC18F97J60 family are available now for general sampling and volume production is in 10,000-unit quantities.

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