Microchip Technology Rolls Out Seven nanoWatt Powered Flash Devices

3/4/2003 - Adding to the Company's recent introduction of PIC18F power-managed devices, Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) introduced seven PICmicro® PIC16F Flash microcontrollers that feature Microchip's new nanoWatt Technology. The devices offer the flexibility of re-programmable Flash memory coupled with new power-managed features and are designed to reduce the overall power consumption within embedded systems. NanoWatt Technology refers to Microchip's advanced PMOS or Programmable Electrically Erasable Cell (PEEC) process technology, circuit design, manufacturing and application techniques.

With samples available today, the 18-pin PIC16F627A, PIC16F628A, PIC16F648A, PIC16F818, PIC16F819, PIC16F87 and PIC16F88 microcontrollers feature a flexible clock system with up to three enhanced "software controlled" power-managed modes. This enables users to execute code from a real-time clock base as well as control the speed of their code execution, thus allowing better control of the overall system power consumption.

Microchip has implemented low current modules, such as a watch-dog timer (WDT), brown-out reset (BOR) and Timer 1 (TMR1), enabling the devices to offer a power consumption of less than 1 microamp (A) in standby mode and offer a wide operating voltage range from 2- to 5.5-volts, making them ideal for robust embedded control environments as well as battery-based applications. In addition, new enhanced features include a 2-speed start-up from a reset or sleep mode and a new fail-safe clock monitor that detects external clock failures.

"Microchip is committed to providing designers with cost-effective, flexible power-management solutions that reduce the overall power consumption within their embedded design," said Ganesh Moorthy, Vice President of the Advanced Microcontroller and Automotive Division at Microchip. "We recently introduced a PIC18F Flash family with our nanoWatt Technology and, as promised, we have expanded our offerings with a series of mid-range core PIC16F Flash devices. The combination of low current consumption, a very wide and robust operating range, and the most reliable Flash process in the industry are benefits that are uniquely available from Microchip Technology."

Providing a quick-to-market solution, the PIC16F devices offer up to 7K bytes of Flash program memory, up to 368 bytes of RAM memory, 256 bytes of EEPROM memory, and an internal multi-frequency oscillator up to 8MHz. Additional features can include a 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with up to 7 channels, one capture/compare/PWM module (CCP), two comparators, an addressable USART module supporting RS-485 and RS-232, synchronous serial port (SSP) module supporting SPITM and I2CTM, a programmable 16-level low voltage detection module (PLVD) and programmable brown-out reset (PBOR). Code-compatible with Microchip's current 28- and 40-pin PIC16F portfolio, designers are able to re-use software and hardware in existing platforms, lowering overall development costs and time-to-market concerns.

With the trend to extend battery life, the power-managed devices are ideal for a wide range of applications, including portable devices (MP3 players, glucose meters, tape recorders), intelligent sensing (smoke, leak or gas detectors, security systems, thermostats, furnace shut-off), utility metering (gas, water, and electric, data loggers), motor control (stepper, fan control, brushless DC, AC induction, switch reluctance), automobile controls (dash, door, seats) and toys.

Featuring In-Circuit Serial ProgrammingTM (ICSPTM) technology, Microchip's PICmicro Flash devices allow the microcontrollers to be programmed after being placed in a circuit board. This offers tremendous flexibility, reduces development time and manufacturing cycles and improves time to market. ICSP technology enables reduced cost of field upgrades, system calibration during manufacturing, the ability to add unique identification codes to the system and system calibration in the field. The devices support self-programming over the operating voltage range so that the user can program the device in-circuit at the user's operating voltage.

Microchip's world class development tool suite includes the MPLAB® In-Circuit Debugger 2 (ICD) development tool, a powerful, low-cost run-time tool that offers cost-effective in-circuit Flash programming and debugging from the graphical user interface of the MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tool. This enables a designer to develop and debug source code by watching variables, single-stepping and setting break points. Running at full speed enables testing hardware in real-time.

Available today in 18-pin PDIP, 20-pin SOIC, 20-pin SSOP and 6mm x 6mm QFN packages, pricing in 10,000 unit quantities ranges from $1.30 to $2.00 each. The PIC16F648A is scheduled to be available in volume production in April 2003. For additional information or pricing on these devices, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor or visit www.microchip.com.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. manufactures the popular PICmicro® field-programmable RISC microcontrollers, which serve 8- and 16-bit embedded control applications, and a broad spectrum of high performance linear and mixed-signal, power management and thermal management devices. The Company also offers complementary microperipheral products including interface devices; microID® RFID devices; serial EEPROMs; and the patented KEELOQ® security devices. This synergistic product portfolio targets thousands of applications and a growing demand for high-performance designs in the automotive, communications, computing, consumer and industrial control markets. The Company's quality systems are ISO 9001 (1994 version) and QS9000 (1998 version) certified. Microchip is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona with design facilities in Mountain View, California, Bangalore, India; and a European Design Center in Lausanne, Switzerland; semiconductor fabrication facilities in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona; Gresham, Oregon; and Puyallup, Washington; and assembly and test operations near Bangkok, Thailand. Microchip employs approximately 3,350 people worldwide and has sales offices throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and the Americas. More information on the Company can be found at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name and logo, PIC, PICmicro, microID, MPLAB and KeeLoq are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. In-Circuit Serial Programming is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. I2C is a trademark of Philips Corporation. SPI is a registered trademark of Motorola.

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