Microchip Extends Battery Life with Low Power, Low Voltage Detector

6/16/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced a low power, low-voltage detector. This family of low-power devices can operate on a supply voltage as low as 1V and typically consume less than 1 microamp of current.

The MCP111 (open-drain output), and MCP112 (push-pull output) are ultra low-power voltage detectors offered in a 3-pin, SOT23, SC70, and TO92 package. The combination of low power, small packages and low cost, makes these devices well suited for many portable and consumer-electronics applications where space and power consumption are critical.

Noisy environments and unreliable power sources may create a variety of system-level problems for microcontrollers that can be eliminated with a power-on reset function. These power-on reset devices are designed to hold the microcontroller in reset until the supply voltage reaches a stable, predetermined operating level. These devices also protect against brownout conditions that occur as a result of the supply voltage dropping below a tolerable operating level.

These attachable devices are synergistic with Microchip’s PIC® microcontrollers featuring nanoWatt Technology. The low operating current of the MCP111/112, combined with the PIC microcontroller featuring nanoWatt Technology power managed modes, enables total control of system power consumption.

The MCP111 and the MCP112 are $0.26 USD each in 1,000-unit quantities. Samples and volume production is scheduled for June. For more information contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit 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, Ariz., 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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