Aimed for experienced and novice 8-bit PIC MCU designers, Microchip has announced new 8-bit MCU family, which it describes as ‘the most powerful launching point’ into the firm’s 8-bit PIC MCUs.
The new MCU series, called PIC16F15386, comes with current Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs), in addition to many notable features such as a high accuracy 32 MHz internal oscillator and memory features like Memory Access Partition (MAP) with bootloader-friendly write-protection to prevent accidental over-write.
Another interesting feature not seen in the firm’s previous MCUs is a Device Information Area (DIA) to offer protected storage for unique device identification and calibration values.
The MCUs are available with up to 28KB Flash and 2KB RAM in 8- to 48-pin package options. The 48-pin package adds more Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) channels and I/Os.
To optimise power consumption, the devices also contain power management features (IDLE and DOZE modes and Peripheral Module Disable).
The MCU series offers high levels of CIP integration to perform system functions (signal generation, motor control, safety monitoring, system communications, and human interface) outside the core while consuming as little power as possible, according to the firm.
“We’ve always offered a diverse portfolio of products with large market appeal,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s 8-bit MCU division. “With the combination of the most requested features and peripherals by our large base of PIC MCU users, the flexibility in memory size and package options and the availability of MPLAB Xpress with MCC, we expect the PIC16F15386 family to be popular with experienced and first time PIC MCU designers.”
To speed development, the firm also offers a family-specific Xpress series development board and two Curiosity boards (DM164136 and DM164137), along with free software development platforms including MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) and MPLAB X IDE.
The PIC16F15386 family includes 13 unique products that are offered in various package options including PDIP, SOIC, DFN, UDFN, UQFN and SSOP. All products are available now for sampling and volume production.
For more information on the PIC16F15386 MCUs, visit: www.microchip.com/153XXLaunch
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