Microchip Technology and Kalki Communication Technologies (Kalkitech) teamed together to optimize a Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) protocol stack for 16-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The DLMS stack is available now. It is available in four flavors: DLMS Evaluation Library (free evaluation version), DLMS-lite Stack ($3,900 for 5k units), DLMS Stack ($4,800 for 5k units), and DLMS Explorer ($2,800 each).
Microchip Technology rolled out 60 MIPS 16-bit dsPIC33E Digital Signal Controllers and PIC24E microcontrollers. The new DSCs and MCUs are based on the dsPIC DSC/PIC24 MCU core. They feature larger (536 KB) Flash memory, more RAM (52 KB), greater I/O capability with 144-pin packages, a USB 2.0 OTG interface, and expanded motor-control, graphics, audio, and real-time embedded-control capabilities (compared to the previous-generation dsPIC DSC/PIC24 MCU core). The dsPIC33E DSCs and PIC24E MCUs are available in 64-pin QFN and TQFP packages, 100- and 144-pin TQFP, 121-pin BGA, and 144-pin LQFP packages. Pricing starts at $4.98 each (10,000-unit quantities).
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPIC33FJ16 GP, dsPIC33FJ16 and PIC24FJ16 MC series of 16-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The general-purpose dsPIC33FJ16 GP devices feature a Real-Time Clock/Calendar and up to 21 general-purpose output pins. The dsPIC33FJ16 and PIC24FJ16 MC devices feature a 6-channel Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) peripheral with synchronized outputs for 3-phase operation. All of the devices are priced at about a dollar each in high-volume quantities.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC12F(LF)1840 and PIC16F(LF)1847 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. The MCUs feature 7 KB [PIC12F(LF)1840] and 14 KB [PIC16F(LF)1847] of on-chip Flash memory, up to 1 KB RAM, and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology (LF versions). The PIC12F(LF)1840 MCUs are priced at $0.75 each (10,000-unit quantities). They are available in 8-pin PDIP, SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN SOIC packages. The PIC16F(LF)1847 MCUs are priced at $1.04 each (10,000-unit quantities). They are available in 18-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and 4 mm x 4 mm UQFN packages.
Microchip Technology introduced their Accessory Development Starter Kits for Android. The starter kit is a standalone board used for evaluating and developing electronic accessories for the Google Android operating system for smartphones and tablets. The Microchip PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit For Android consists of the 16-bit PIC24F PIC MCU-based development board and a software library. The PIC24F starter kit is available now for $79.99. The PIC32 starter kit will be available in the third quarter of 2011 for $79.99. The software library (works with both kits) is also available now via a free download.
Microchip Technology introduced the Epson S1D13517 Graphics Controller PICtail Plus Daughter Board, Graphics Display Truly 7″ 800 x 480 (WVGA) Board, and Graphics Display Truly 5.7″ 640 x 480 (VGA) Board. The Epson-based graphics-controller board is available now for $119.99. The 7″ touch-panel LCD daughter board is available now for $269.99. The 5.7″ touch-panel LCD daughter board will be available in June for $269.99.
Microchip Technology introduced their PIC16F1516/7/8/9 and PIC16F1526/7 (PIC16F15XX) microcontrollers. The PIC16F(LF)1516 and PIC16F(LF)1518 MCUs are available in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, SSOP and 4 mm x 4 mm UQFN packages. The PIC16F(LF)1517 and PIC16F(LF)1519 MCUs are available in 40- and 44-pin PDIP, 10 mm x 10 mm TQFP and 5 mm x 5 mm UQFN packages. The PIC16F(LF)1526 and PIC16F(LF)1527 MCUs are available in 64-pin 9 mm x 9 mm QFN and 10 mm x 10 mm TQFP packages. Volume pricing starts at $0.68 each for the 28-pin parts.
Microchip Technology introduced the 16-bit eXtreme PIC24F32KA304 PIC microcontrollers. The PIC24F32KA304 MCU family features an on-chip 12-bit ADC, EEPROM, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing, 5V supply support, and sleep currents down to 20 nA. The Microchip microcontrollers are ideal for industrial, automotive, medical, utility metering, and white goods applications. Samples and volume production quantities are available now.
Microchip Technology introduced Machine-to-Machine (M2M) PICtail Daughter Board. The M2M PICtail Daughter Board is ideal for developing fleet-management or location-based service applications. It includes the u-blox NEO-6Q GPS and LEON GSM/GPRS modules, and interfaces with Microchip’s Multimedia Expansion Board (part #DM320005), and PIC32 Starter Kit (part #DM320001). The M2M PICtail Daughter Board (part #AC320011) is priced at $199.
Microchip Technology introduced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board. The PLM PICtail provides communication over power lines using a Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK) modulation scheme. The PLM PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit features two daughter boards, two sets of high-voltage adapter cables, royalty-free schematics, demo code and software in source-code format. It is supported by the free MPLAB IDE. The Microchip board kit (part # AC164142) is available now for $225.