Microchip Creates Fast 8-bit Microcontroller (MCU) with 32kb Flash

2/1/2006 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the new PIC18F45J10 family, which are some of the fastest 8-bit microcontrollers in the world to provide 32 Kbytes of Flash program memory in 28-pin packages. This family offers 40 MHz performance at 3V, and analog-to-digital (ADC), comparator, USART, SPI, I2CTM and PWM peripherals at a 30-percent cost reduction over 5V microcontrollers. These features make the PIC18F45J10 family ideal for a broad range of cost-sensitive applications in markets such as consumer electronics, appliances, medical and industrial.

Designers of cost-sensitive consumer applications, ranging from appliances to consumer electronics, are demanding higher performance and reduced costs from their 8-bit microcontrollers. The four PIC18F45J10/44J10/25J10/24J10 devices provide a significant reduction in both cost (30 percent lower) and operating voltage (3V) while maintaining 40 MHz performance levels something 5V microcontrollers just can't do. In addition, Microchip offers the free MPLAB® IDE Integrated Development Environment, which provides low-risk development and shortened design cycles by enabling a seamless migration path to a wide range of code-compatible PIC® microcontrollers.

"With this new family of 8-bit microcontrollers, Microchip has completed the migration path of our 3V portfolio from 28 to 80 pins and from 16 Kbytes to 128 Kbytes of Flash," said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. "Customers can now enjoy the benefits of 3V operation at twice the speed and a substantially reduced price over 5V microcontrollers."

The PIC18F45J10 family is general-purpose by design, and can be used in an extremely wide range of markets and applications. Some examples include Consumer (consumer electronics) and Industrial (instrumentation).

Additional key features of the PIC18F45J10 family include:

Development Tools
In addition to maintaining compatibility with Microchip's universal MPLAB IDE, the PIC18F45J10 microcontrollers are supported by the MPLAB C18 C compiler, MPLAB ICD 2 for debugging and emulation and the PICDEMTM 2 Plus development board (part # DM163022). The PICDEM HPC Explorer Board (part # DM183022) was created specifically for evaluation and development with Microchip's high-end PIC18F 8-bit microcontroller family.

All four members of the PIC18F45J10 family are available now for general sampling and volume production. The starting-price range in 10k quantities is $1.49 each for the PIC18F24J10 to $1.89 each for PIC18F45J10. The PIC18F24J10 and PIC18F25J10 are offered in 28-pin QFN, SPDIP, SOIC and SSOP packages. The PIC18F44J10 and PIC18F45J10 are available in 40-pin PDIP, and 44-pin QFN and TQFP, packages. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site.

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. I2C is a trademark of Philips Corporation.

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