Microchip Brings Cost-Effective Advanced Analog and Digital Integration to 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers
Environmental concerns and “green” initiatives have led to the rise of new energy-consumption legislation around the world. The PIC16F(LF)178X MCUs enable designers to create better products that consume less power. Microchip’s enhanced Mid-range 8-bit core brings more performance, with 32 MHz operation, automatic context save for faster interrupt handling, more efficiency in the instruction set with better code density, plus faster and more direct-port control capabilities. Available in 28- and 40-pin packages, the MCUs’ advanced analog integration includes an on-chip 12-bit ADC for very small voltage measurements, as well as enabling mTouch™ capacitive sensing; and an 8-bit DAC for high-resolution voltage references. Also included on-chip are fast analog comparators with 50 nS response time, Capture Compare Peripherals, and I2C™, SPI and EUSART interfaces for communications. Additionally, the MCUs feature a 32 MHz internal oscillator, 2 - 8K Words (3.5 - 14K Bytes) of Flash, 128 – 512 Bytes of RAM, and 256 Bytes of data EEPROM. The PSMC peripherals are 16-bit Pulse-Width Modulators (PWMs) with 64 MHz operation and advanced control capabilities.
"The PIC16F(LF)178X family integrates considerable analog peripherals along with a versatile 8-bit PIC MCU,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. “This high analog integration enables designers to bring a new level of intelligence and flexibility to an ever-expanding assortment of applications, including those in the power-supply, power-management, motor-control and lighting markets, among others.”