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PIC MCUs offer flexibility

Posted: 09 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microcchip  PIC16F88X  PIC16F87XA  PIC  microcontroller 

Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its PIC MCU line with the introduction of a new four-member family of 28-pin and 40/44-pin devices for use in a wide range of applications. The PIC16F88X family maintains compatibility with the PIC16F87XA family for easy migration, while providing a host of new features designed to save users time and money, both during and after their design cycle.

The enhancements include dual internal oscillators with clock switching and fail-safe clock mode; more (up to 14) ADC channels; an advanced comparator module featuring two comparators and a Set/Reset Latch to allow emulation of many analogue circuits; and low-power enhancements that extend battery life.

Embedded system designers' marketplaces are constantly changing. Quite often, functions and features are added to a customer's product in the middle of the design cycle, as new requirements emerge. Therefore, system designs must be fluid and easily adaptable in order to evolve with the changing landscape. These dynamics require a high degree of flexibility from the chosen MCU architecture. Microchip's PIC16F88X family is 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.

The four new devices are supported by the full suite of Microchip's development tools, including the PICkit 2 Development Programmer (PG164120), Rs.1,616.89 ($34.99), the free MPLAB IDE, the MPLAB ICE 2000 emulator, and the low-cost MPLAB ICD 2 in-circuit debugger.

The PIC16F886 and PIC16F887 are available for general sampling and volume production shipments. The PIC16F883 and PIC16F884 are expected to be available next month.

Pricing for this four-member family starts at Rs.73 ($1.58) each in 10,000 unit quantities. The PIC16F883 and PIC16F886 MCUs come in 28-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages, while the PIC16F884 and PIC16F887 MCUs are available in 40-pin PDIP and 44-pin QFN and TQFP package options.

- Marty Gold

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