Microchip Offers 4 Cost Effective 64-, 80-pin PIC Flash Microcontrollers

6/24/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced four 64- and 80-pin PIC® Flash microcontrollers targeting cost-constrained applications requiring additional I/O, such as industrial, computing, telecommunications and consumer. These cost-effective microcontrollers feature 8 or 16K 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 I/O, balanced with a requirement to consume less power, over a broad range of applications. These new PIC18F microcontrollers help solve these design concerns with up to 70 pins of I/O, 8 or 16K bytes of Flash program memory, 768 bytes of RAM and nanoWatt Technology low-power modes.

"Microchip is increasing its presence in the 64- and 80-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 designers with cost-effective high pincount options."

In addition to offering maximum I/O flexibility, these new PIC microcontrollers offer the programming versatility of Flash memory. Flash enables reprogrammability, resulting in reduced time to market via a shorter development cycle, low-cost emulation and the flexibility to make functional code changes in the field.

Example applications that could benefit from the increased I/O present in the PIC18Fxx10 include: building security systems, appliance controls, video control panels, home automation systems, and data collection for multiple sensors. Additionally, with the unique nanoWatt Technology, these microcontrollers offer power-managed modes that make them ideal for battery and low-power applications.

Additional features include:

Development Tools
All four 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 four 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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