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.
The Microchip dsPIC33F GS 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSC) can be configured for a variety of topologies. The eight new DSCs offer up to 18 channels of Pulse-Width-Modulators (PWMs) with 1 nanosecond resolution, enabling a number of completely independent digital control loops. The dsPIC33F GS DSCs start at $2.93 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The dsPIC33FJ32GS406, dsPIC33FJ64GS406, dsPIC33FJ32GS606 and dsPIC33FJ64GS606 are available in 64-pin TQFP and 9×9 mm QFN packages. The dsPIC33FJ32GS608 and dsPIC33FJ64GS608 are available in an 80-pin TQFP package. The dsPIC33FJ32GS610 and dsPIC33FJ64GS610 are available in a 100-pin TQFP package.
AVIX-RT introduced version 3.5 of the AVIX RTOS. The latest version of the AVIX real-time operating system helps engineers take advantage of the energy saving capabilities of the applied microcontroller. AVIX RTOS v3.5 is available for all 16 and 32 bit Microchip Microcontrollers and can be downloaded in a free demo distribution. AVIX is accompanied by a comprehensive user manual and a utility to monitor the status of the AVIX based application from within the Microchip MPLAB development environment.
Microchip Technology introduced the MCP14628 and MCP14700 synchronous Buck MOSFET drivers. The devices drive two N-Channel MOSFETs arranged in a non-isolated, synchronous Buck converter topology. The MCP14628 and MCP14700 are ideal for the consumer and computing markets, such as digital power conversion, DC-to-DC power supplies, three-phase BLDC motor control and telecom equipment. The MCP14628 and MCP14700 MOSFET drivers are available in 8-pin SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN packages, for $1.17 and $1.33 each respectively, in 10,000-unit quantities. They can be ordered today.
Microchip Technology introduced the MCP3901 Analog Front End (AFE) for metering applications. The MCP3901 AFE features high-accuracy, dual 16-/24-bit Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) with up to 91 dB Signal to Noise and Distortion (SINAD), internal Programmable Gain Amplifiers (PGAs) and voltage reference, phase-delay compensation, and a modulator output block that enables more precise measurements than competitive solutions. The MCP3901 AFE is available in a 20-pin SSOP package, for $1.42 each in 10,000-unit quantities.