Microchip Offers More I/O with PIC16F59 Baseline PIC Microcontroller

11/2/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PIC16F59 -- the first baseline 8-bit PIC® microcontroller to be offered in 40- and 44-pin packages. The PIC16F59 targets cost-constrained applications that require additional input and output pins (I/O), such as the appliance market. These cost-effective microcontrollers feature 2K words of Flash program memory and low-power (100 nA) sleep current.

Designers of embedded control products have a growing need for 8-bit microcontrollers with increased I/O, without incurring the cost of unnecessary performance and features, over a broad range of applications. The PIC16F59 microcontroller helps solve these design concerns with up to 32 pins of I/O at very cost-effective price points.

"Many of today's cost-constrained applications have a great need for additional I/O," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Division. "The PIC16F59 provides engineers with the option of adding I/O to their designs without having to pay for performance and features they don't need."

Example applications that could benefit from the PIC16F59's cost-effective I/O include: appliance (dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers, blenders); mechatronics (switch matrices, LED displays, toys); consumer electronics (user interfaces, I/O expanders, keypads).

Key features of the PIC16F59 microcontroller include:

Development Tools
The PIC16F59 is supported by Microchip's standard, high-performance development systems, including: MPLAB“ Integrated Development Environment (IDE), PICkitTM 1 Flash Starter Kit, PRO MATE® II, MPLAB PM3, PICSTART® Plus and Baseline Flash Microcontroller Programmer.

Availability and Pricing
General sampling and volume production is available now for the PIC16F59 microcontroller. Package options and unit pricing in 10k quantities are listed below. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at: www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1335&dDocName=en021222

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name and logo, PIC, MPLAB, PRO MATE, and PICSTART are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. In-Circuit Serial Programming, and PICkit are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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