Microchip Debuts Two dsPIC 16-bit Digital Signal Controllers

9/16/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that it has begun volume production of the dsPIC30F5011 and dsPIC30F5013 dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). Both devices offer designers performance speeds of up to 30 Million Instructions Per Second (MIPS) and 66 Kbytes of self-programming Flash memory with industrial and extended temperature ranges. These DSCs are ideal for a variety of embedded applications that require higher performance than obtainable on current 16-bit microcontroller offerings.

“When we coined the term ‘Digital Signal Control’ we saw a rapidly emerging market that needed a high-performance 16-bit microcontroller and Digital Signal Processor on a single-chip solution,” said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s Digital Signal Controller Division. “Our customers were looking for attributes not common to DSPs in this performance range. Microchip was able to offer them an inexpensive Flash program memory, small form factor, efficient C code generation, wide-operating voltage range, integrated mixed-signal elements and low-cost tools. The dsPIC DSC is a skillful blend of a MCU and a DSP in one device that provides our customers the best of both worlds.”

Microchip’s Enhanced Flash self-programming capability features a remote upgrade to the Flash program memory, allowing code and data revisions at the end of the production process or in end-users’ applications. This combination of features provides flexibility, reduced development time, increased manufacturing efficiency and faster time-to-market.

Both dsPIC DSC devices integrate an array of on-chip functions, such as: 16- and 32-bit timers, input capture, output compare, communication modules (such as UART, SPITM interface, I2CTM interface, CAN and CODEC interface) and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter. They also include 4 Kbytes of data RAM and 1 Kbyte of high-endurance EEPROM data memory. Both are specified in industrial, extended temperatures ranges, and are applicable to a variety of applications, including industrial, automotive, consumer and office-automation equipment.

Development Tools, Application Libraries and Reference Designs
All dsPIC DSCs are supported by Microchip’s high-performance development systems, including: MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB C30 C Compiler, MPLAB SIM tool, MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger, MPLAB Visual Device Initializer and MPLAB ICE 4000 In-Circuit Emulator (ICE).

The dsPIC DSC family offers a complete solution to customers with a vast array of application libraries.

The dsPIC30F5011 and dsPIC30F5013 are available today for volume production shipment. The dsPIC30F5011 is offered in 64-pin TQFP packages, and the dsPIC30F5013 is offered in 80-pin TQFP packages. For pricing or additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at www.microchip.com/dspic.

About dsPIC DSC
The dsPIC DSC is a 16-bit (data) modified Harvard RISC machine that combines the control advantages of a high-performance 16-bit microcontroller with the high computation speed of a fully implemented digital signal processor (DSP) to produce a tightly coupled single-chip single-instruction stream solution for embedded systems design. All dsPIC DSCs integrate Flash program memory and most have EEPROM data storage.

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, dsPIC and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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