Microchip Drives 168 LCD Segments with 64-Pin LCD PIC Microcontroller

10/24/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PIC16F946 PIC® microcontroller with an integrated Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) module. The combination of LCD module, lower power consumption and the high level of peripheral integration reduces the total system cost in many consumer applications. The PIC16F946 adds to Microchip's LCD PIC microcontroller family, providing easy access to varying pin counts and levels of performance, and support for a wide selection of LCD segments.

The PIC16F946 LCD PIC microcontroller features nanoWatt Technology, which meets industry low-power design requirements -- including the need to drive LCD displays in standby conditions. Integrated peripherals include: high-endurance data EEPROM, a stable internal oscillator, a 10-bit Analog to Digital Converter, serial communications peripherals and the ability to implement a low-power real time clock.

"With this introduction, Microchip's LCD PIC microcontroller family continues to provide an industry-leading number of cost-effective and programmable options on a common platform," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "The high level of integration for the PIC16F946 enables design engineers to develop cost-effective compact solutions with ease."

Example applications for the new PIC16F946 with integrated LCD module include: automotive (dashboard displays); instrumentation/measurement (medical instruments/monitors, meter reading, handheld terminal/remote reading); appliance (display/control units on stoves/ovens, microwaves); industrial (payment systems, water/gas/electric/heat utility meters, gasoline pumps); consumer (universal remote controls, programmable thermostats/controls, irrigation control, home security systems, exercise equipment); communications (handset displays).

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Development Tools
To reduce time to market, the PIC16F946 is supported by Microchip's standard, high-performance development systems, including: MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger, and MPLAB ICE 2000 In-Circuit Emulator. The PICDEMTM LCD Demo Board (part # DM163028) and the LCD Daughter Board (part # MA160011) are also available to ease development with this microcontroller's advanced LCD features. In addition, Microchip created an online design center to aid in the development of utility-metering products: www.microchip.com/meter

The PIC16F946 LCD microcontroller is available today for general sampling and volume production in a 64-pin TQFP package. For pricing or additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at www.microchip.com/lcd

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.

The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. PICDEM is a trademark 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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