Microchip Technology launched the PIC24F04KA201 family of 16-bit microcontrollers. The PIC24F04KA201 features nanoWatt XLP extreme low power technology and typical sleep currents as low as 20 nA. The PIC24F04KA201 MCU family is ideal for battery-powered applications, energy-harvesting applications, and other power-constrained applications that are also cost and space constrained. The two PIC24F04KA201 16-bit family members are available now for general sampling and volume production with prices starting at less than $.99 each in high volume. The 14-pin package options for the PIC24F04KA200 are: TSSOP and PDIP. The 20-pin package options for the PIC24F04KA201 are: QFN, SSOP, SOIC and PDIP.
PIC24F04KA201 Microcontrollers Features
- High C-code efficiency and computational horsepower
- Up to 16 MIPS operation using 32 MHz internal clock
- 4 Kbytes Flash, and 512 bytes SRAM
- 10-bit, up to 9 channel, 500 ksps Analog-to-Digital Converter
- mTouch Capacitive Touch Sensing Peripheral
- 2 Rail-to-Rail Comparators
- SPI, I2C and UART modules for serial communications
The key to the PIC24F04KA201 MCUs’ 20 nA sleep currents is Deep Sleep mode. By isolating power to various circuits during sleep, Deep Sleep mode reduces power consumption to a minimum. Deep Sleep gives designers the flexibility to customize their applications for the lowest power consumption through multiple internal wake-up sources, such as Brown-Out Resets, interrupts and Watch-dog Timers, all while maintaining the I/O states.
The new PIC XLP microcontrollers contain features that are ideal for applications such as remote sensors powered by energy harvesting or sealed-battery applications, enabling them to run for up to 20 years from a single battery. In addition, the lower price and smaller footprint of the MCUss make them even easier to integrate into space-constrained products where low power and low cost are of primary concern. The PIC24F04KA201 MCU family is also ideal for applications requiring advanced algorithms.
Example applications for the new PIC24F04KA microcontrollers include: Medical (portable and home medical devices, oxygen flow meters, lifestyle/fitness monitors); Industrial (energy harvesting/scavenging, water/gas/heat meters, portable gas sensors, remote sensor networks, asset tracking, sealed/harsh environment sensors); and Consumer (security-system dongles, sealed disposable electronics, portable electronics, smart cards).
More information: Microchip Extreme Low Power Microcontrollers