Microchip’s PIC MCU Family For Faster System Response

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  • Combines Core Independent Peripherals
  • Has extensive development tool ecosystem for improved real-time designs

In microcontroller (MCU) based system design, software prevents both time to market and system performance. So by offloading many software tasks, Microchip Technology’s next-generation PIC18-Q43 family helps developers bring higher performing solutions to market faster.

A combination of peripherals offers users greater versatility and simplicity when creating custom hardware-based functions. Configurable peripherals allow near-zero latency during the sharing of data, logic inputs or analogue signals without additional code for improved system response.

Handling tasks without CPU

Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) are peripherals that have been designed to handle a variety of tasks without requiring the Central Processing Unit (CPU). With CIPs like timers, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) output, CLCs, Analogue to Digital Converter with Computation (ADCC), multiple serial communications and more, the product family makes it easy for developers to customise their design configuration.

Fast and simple customisation

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With Microchip’s comprehensive development tool suite, users can quickly and easily generate application code and customise combinations of CIPs in a graphical user interface (GUI) environment. Additionally, the family operates up to 5V which increases noise immunity and enables interfacing with a wide range of sensors.

“The PIC18-Q43 family offers CIPs that enable many functions and even whole control loops to be realized in customizable on-chip hardware,” said Greg Robinson, associate vice president of marketing for Microchip’s 8-bit microcontroller business unit. “With the combination of flexible CIPs and high analogue integration, users will significantly reduce development time and improve system performance by automating waveform control, timing and measurement operations and logic functions.”

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Ideal for a variety of real-time control and connected applications, including home appliances, security systems, motor and industrial control, lighting and Internet of Things (IoT), the PIC18-Q43 family helps reduce board space, Bill of Materials (BoM), overall costs and time to market.

Development Tools

The PIC18-Q43 family is supported by Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE and MPLAB Xpress IDE development environments, and MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) — a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface to configure peripherals and functions specific to an application.

It’s also supported by the PIC18F57Q43 Curiosity Nano board — a compact, cost-effective development board with programming and debugging capabilities.

Availability

The PIC18-Q43 product family offers a range of memory sizes, packages and price points to match a wide range of application needs. All products are available for mass production and sampling from authorised Microchip sales representatives.


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