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.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC16LF1902/3/4/6/7 microcontrollers. The PIC16LF190X 8-bit segmented LCD CU family features up to 14 KB of Flash program memory, up to 512 Bytes of RAM, up to 14 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) channels, serial communication, temperature indicator and the capability to drive up to 116 LCD segments. The PIC16LF190X microcontrollers are available now with prices starting at $0.75 each (10,000-unit quantities). The new Microchip MCUs are ideal for security tokens, smart cards, medical devices, home appliances, key fobs, and segmented LCD applications.
Microchip Technology introduced the MCP4706/16/26 (MCP47X6) Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) devices. The non-volatile MCP47X6 DACs feature buffered 8-,10- and 12-bit voltage output options and integrated EEPROM. The MCP4706, MCP4716 and MCP4726 DAC chips are available in 6-pin SOT-23 and 2 mm x 2 mm DFN packages. Prices ranging from $0.51 to $0.69 each (in 10,000-unit quantities). They are ideal for wireless microphones, mp3-player accessories, motor control, flow measurement, temperature control and light control applications.
Microchip Technology introduced their Bluetooth Evaluation Kit, which is an easy, cost-effective and flexible add-on for embedded evaluation and development using many 16/32-bit PIC microcontrollers or dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). The kit features Microchip Bluetooth PICtail Plus Daughter Board, 16-bit USB PIC24FJ256GB110 and 32-bit CAN/USB PIC32MX795F512L Microcontroller Plug-in Modules, and CandleDragon’s dotstack Bluetooth demonstration stack and SPP profile. The Microchip Bluetooth Evaluation Kit (part # DM183036) is available now for $109.99.
Microchip Technology introduced their MCP794XX stand-alone I2C Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) family. The MCP794XX features on-chip EEPROM and SRAM, digital trimming for time-of-day calibration, battery-switchover, user-lockable section of EEPROM, 64-bit reprogrammable unique ID that can be factory-programmed with a MAC address. All six MCP794XX RTCC devices are available in 8-pin MSOP, SOIC, TSSOP and TDFN packages. The MCP79400 is priced at $0.64 each; the MCP79401, MCP79402 and MCP79410 at $0.70 each; and the MCP79411 and MCP79412 at $0.76 each, all in 10,000-unit quantities. The devices are ideal for smart-energy (thermostats, power meters and commercial refrigeration), home-appliance (stoves, dishwashers and microwave ovens), automotive (dashboard controls and car radios), and consumer-electronic markets (office equipment, irrigation controls and video systems).
Microchip Technology and Powercast introduced the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. The kit features a 3-watt Powercaster transmitter power source, two P2110 Powerharvester receiver evaluation boards, two custom-designed wireless sensor boards, the XLP 16-bit Development Board pre-loaded with jointly developed application software, and an IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver. The included transmitter can wirelessly power sensor devices from more than 40 feet away. The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors is available now for $1250.
Microchip Technology introduced the MCP6H01 and MCP6H02 (MCP6H01/2) operational amplifiers (op amps). The op amps feature 1.2 MHz gain-bandwidth, 3.5V to 16V supply voltage, 135 microamperes quiescent current (typical), 3.5 mV offset voltage (max), 100 dB (typical) Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR), and 102 dB (typical) Power-Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR). The MCP6H01 is priced at $0.47 each (10k-Unit) and the MCP6H02 is priced at $0.66 each (10k-Unit). The MCP6H01/2 is ideal for medical (portable instrumentation, heart- and blood-pressure monitors), automotive (proximity, temperature or flow sensors), and industrial (high-side current sensing in power supplies) applications.
Microchip Technology introduced the 8-bit PIC18F87J72 microcontroller (MCU) family. The PIC18F87J72 microcontrollers feature a dual-channel 16-/24-bit Analog Front End (AFE), 64 or 128 KB Flash program memory, 4 KB RAM, LCD driver, hardware Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC), and a Charge-Time Measurement Unit (CTMU). The new Microchip MCU devices are ideal for single-phase, multi-function smart-metering and energy-monitoring applications. The PIC18F87J72 is available now for $3.93 each in 10,000-unit quantities for 64 KB Flash program memory.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC18F47J13 8-bit microcontroller (MCU). The PIC18F47J13 MCU features 128 KB Flash program memory, XLP technology for eXtreme Low Power consumption, and mTouch capability for implementing capacitive touch sensing user interfaces. Microchip PIC18F47J13 also includes an on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) advanced sensor, instrumentation and measurement applications. Package options for the PIC18F47J13 microcontroller include 28-pin QFN, SOIC, SPDIP and SSOP packages, as well as 44-pin QFN and TQFP packages. Pricing starts at $2.11 each, in 10,000-unit quantities. The PIC18F47J13 microcontroller is ideal for security systems, irrigation systems, remote controls, video-game controllers, wireless sensor networks and portable medical devices.
Microchip Technology introduced the 24AA025E48 cascadeable I2C serial EEPROM device. The EUI-64 compatible 24AA025E48 features pre-programmed EUI-48-node addresses. The EEPROM device enables designers to add MAC addresses to their designs on-the-fly. The address pins on the 24AA025E48 further enable designers to add more memory to their application, by allowing them to cascade up to eight EEPROM devices onto the I2C bus. The 24AA025E48 device is available in a 6-pin SOT-23 or 8-pin SOIC package, for $0.22 each in 10,000-unit quantities, for both package options.