Microchip Adds Flash Program Memory to Baseline PIC Microcontrollers

6/3/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced five new PIC® 8-bit Flash microcontrollers that provide program-memory updates to its most popular Baseline one-time programmable (OTP) microcontrollers. Offering Flash memory in the updated Baseline devices allows customers the ability to reprogram their design during development, production and when installed in the field speeding time-to-market and reducing both development and production costs.

Designers of today's most cost-constrained systems are constantly looking for ways to increase development efficiencies and reduce total system costs. As the worldwide leader in 8-bit microcontroller unit shipments, according to Gartner Dataquest, Microchip's Baseline PIC devices are extensively used in a large array of these cost-sensitive applications. The new PIC16F54, PIC16F57, PIC16F505, PIC12F508 and PIC12F509 offer customers the benefits of reprogrammable Flash memory via an easy migration path from Microchip's existing OTP devices, with equivalent price points and identical pincounts in 8-, 14-, 18-, 20- and 28-pin packages. Additional enhanced features on these new microcontrollers include an improved internal oscillator, wider operating voltage of 2 5.5V, improved reset functionality, and smaller (MSOP) packaging for the PIC12F508 and PIC12F509.

"Microchip is continuing its leadership in the 8-bit microcontroller market, further driving the move to Flash program memory by offering it in our most basic devices," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of the Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "This Baseline PIC microcontroller family opens new doors of efficiency and functionality to engineers designing low-cost applications."

Other significant features of these new Baseline PIC microcontrollers include:

The new PIC devices form the basic building blocks for a wide variety of systems across a broad range of markets. Applications that are particularly well suited for these cost-effective Flash microcontrollers include: Logic Control (any form of delay, smart gates, signal conditioning, simple state machines, encoders/decoders, I/O expanders and small peripheral logic functions on larger PC Boards); Mechatronics (includes smart switches, mode selectors, remote I/Os, timers, LED flashers and any other form of mechanical timers and switches); Waveform Generation (traditional 555 timer applications such as PWMs, remote control encoders, pulse generation, programmable frequency source and replacements for resistor-programmable oscillators); and Small Home Appliances (blenders, toasters, coffee machines and electric toothbrushes).

Availability, Pricing and Tools
All five devices are available today for sampling and volume production is planned for August. Microchip's world-class MPLAB® development tools will support these microcontrollers. In 10K quantities, the PIC16F54 is $1.10 each, the PIC16F57 is $1.46 each, the PIC12F508 is $0.75 each, the PIC12F509 is $0.77 each, and the PIC16F505 is $0.94 each. The following package options are being offered:

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at www.microchip.com.

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.

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