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DSCs/MCUs push migration from 40MIPS to 70MIPS

Posted: 31 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital signal controllers  DSCs  MCUs  microcontrollers  Op amps 

Microchip Technology Inc. expands its MIPS dsPIC33E and PIC24E product families with the introduction of several new Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and MCUs.

The devices feature 70MIPS of performance for motor control, sensing, actuators and other embedded applications. The DSCs and MCUs include pin and feature compatible devices ranging from 32KB to 256KB of Flash memory, enabling designers to easily migrate within the family. These devices are also code compatible with Microchip's existing dsPIC33F products, providing a migration path from 40MIPS to 70MIPS.

They are said to cut the costs of high-performance motor control systems with cost-effective 70MIPS devices that include on-chip peripherals, such as integrated Op Amps, that reduce board space and the need for external components. These Op Amps can be used in a variety of sensing applications where signal amplification is required. With a rich feature set and low cost, the dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices can be used in sensor, communications, automotive, industrial and emerging applications.

Microchip's development tools are compatible with the dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices. For motor control, the low voltage dsPICDEM MCLV-2 Development Board (part # DM330021-2) and high voltage dsPICDEM MCHV-2 Development System (part # DM330023-2) are available today to provide designers with motor control development systems that enable customers to take full advantage of the internal Op Amps. Both motor control development boards use Plug-In Module daughter cards which can be easily interchanged to support different configurations, with or without integrated Op Amps. Microchip offers two motor-control PIMs to support these development boards, the dsPIC33EP256MC506 External OpAmp Motor Control PIM (part # MA330031-2) and the dsPIC33EP256MC506 Internal OpAmp Motor Control PIM (part #MA330031), both of which are available today.

For customers developing applications other than motor control, Microchip offers the dsPIC33EP256GP506 General Purpose PIM (part # MA330030), which is designed to work with Microchip's modular Explorer 16 Development Platform.

The dsPIC33E and dsPIC24E devices are available today for sampling and volume production, in 10,000-unit quantities. The dsPIC33E and PIC24E families are offered in a wide variety of packages, including 28-pin QFN, SSOP, SPDIP, and SOIC; 36-pin VTLA; 44-pin TQFP, VTLA and QFN; and 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages.

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