Microchip Debuts 8 PIC Flash Microcontrollers with Low Pin Counts

6/24/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, expanded its 28- and 40/44-pin PIC® Flash microcontroller portfolio with eight devices targeting high-end applications requiring additional memory in low pincounts, such as industrial, computing, telecommunications and consumer. These cost-effective microcontrollers feature up to 64K bytes of program memory and nanoWatt Technology for optimum power management.

Designers of embedded control applications have a growing need for 8-bit microcontrollers with increased memory in small form factors, balanced with a requirement to consume less power, over a broad range of applications. These new 28- and 40/44-pin PIC18F microcontrollers help solve these design concerns with 48 or 64K bytes of Flash program memory, 4K bytes of RAM and nanoWatt Technology low-power modes.

"Microchip is seeing growing design activity in the already popular 28- and 40-/44-pin space of the 8-bit microcontroller market," said Ganesh Moorthy, vice president of Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller and Memory Division. "These new Flash PIC microcontrollers provide the highest density memory available in low pincounts."

This new PIC microcontroller family offers Standard Flash and Enhanced Flash. The Enhanced Flash family has self-programming capability, allowing the microcontroller to be programmed after being placed in a circuit board, which provides tremendous flexibility, reduced development time, increased manufacturing efficiency and faster time to market. The Enhanced Flash devices also contain 1K byte of high-endurance EEPROM data memory.

Example applications for these new devices include: industrial (TCP/IP controllers, motor control; ballast control); computing (cable modems, POS terminals, voice/fax boards); telecommunications (GPS units); and consumer (MP3 players, security systems, thermostats).

With the unique nanoWatt Technology, these microcontrollers offer power-managed modes that make them ideal for battery and low-power applications. The devices also feature Microchip's advanced PMOS Electrically Erasable Cell (PEEC) Flash process technology, which enables up to 1,000,000 data memory ERASE/WRITE cycles and up to 100,000 program memory ERASE/WRITE cycles, with 40 years of data retention. Additional features include:

Development Tools
All eight microcontrollers are supported by Microchip's high-performance development systems, including: MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB C18 C Compiler, MPLAB SIM tool, MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger, and MPLAB ICE 2000 In-Circuit Emulator.

The eight microcontrollers are available today for general sampling and volume production is expected in July, in the package options listed below. For pricing or additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at www.microchip.com.

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 and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. In-Circuit Serial Programming and ICSP are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. I2C is a trademark of Philips Corporation. SPI is a trademark of Motorola.

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