Microchip Unveils 8- and 14-pin Baseline PIC Microcontrollers

7/20/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the first two Baseline 8-bit Flash PIC® microcontrollers with up to two comparators and an 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in 8- and 14-pin packages. These new analog features, combined with a faster internal oscillator (8 MHz), provide designers with an easy way to integrate digital intelligence into more cost-sensitive applications.

Designers of cost-constrained systems are constantly looking for ways to increase functionality through digital intelligence, without having to increase the complexity or cost of their design. Through the integration of analog functionality onto its Baseline 8- and 14-pin microcontrollers, Microchip’s PIC12F510 (8-pin) and PIC16F506 (14-pin) provide a cost-effective option for many design engineers to replace discrete components with digital intelligence and reprogrammability.

“Microchip is continuing its leadership in the 8-bit microcontroller market, further driving the move to analog integration by offering it in our entry-level microcontrollers,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of the Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. “These Baseline PIC microcontrollers provide engineers with an easy and cost-effective solution for making the leap to the benefits of digital intelligence.”

Other significant features of the PIC12F510 and PIC16F506 include:

The new Baseline PIC microcontrollers form the basic building blocks for a wide variety of systems across a broad range of markets. Their integrated analog functionality makes these microcontrollers well suited for applications such as battery-operated products, power supplies and identification tags. Additional example applications for the Baseline PIC microcontroller family include: Consumer Electronics (standby switches, power control, power sequencing infrared receivers, handheld products); Mechatronics (includes smart switches, mode selectors, remote I/Os, electric pumps, compressors); Home Automation (light switching and dimming, thermostats, security systems); and Small Home Appliances (blenders, toasters, coffee machines and electric toothbrushes).

Availability, Pricing and Tools
Both devices are available today in the package options listed below for general sampling, and volume production is planned for Late 2005. Microchip’s world-class suite of MPLAB® development tools supports these microcontrollers, including the new PICkitTM 2 Starter Kit. In 10,000-unit quantities, the PIC12F510 is $0.81 each, and the PIC16F506 is $0.90 each. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at www.microchip.com.

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.

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