Microchip Rolls Out Eight 28- and 40/44-pin PIC Flash Microcontrollers

9/15/2004 - 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 mid-range applications requiring up to 32 Kbytes of program memory. These cost-effective microcontrollers feature nanoWatt Technology for optimum power management.

Designers of embedded control applications have a growing need for 8-bit microcontrollers with the most popular, mid-size memories 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 16 or 32 Kbytes of Flash program memory, up to 1.5 Kbytes of RAM and nanoWatt Technology low-power modes.

"Microchip continues to see a large amount of design activity in the 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. "The new PIC Flash microcontrollers expand the options available to designers in these pincounts by adding the most popular, mid-size program memories."

This new PIC microcontroller family offers Standard Flash and Enhanced Flash memory technologies. Both families have 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 are self-programmable under software control and contain 256 bytes of high-endurance EEPROM data memory.

Example applications for these new devices include: appliance (controller for air handlers); automotive (LIN to LIN gateways, remote-keyless-entry receivers); consumer (radio-frequency remote water/gas meter reading); and industrial (differential air pressure sensors).

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 Flash 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 ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB ICE 2000 In-Circuit Emulator.

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

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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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