Microchip Technology has expanded their 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller family. The PIC16(L)F1782/3/4/6/7/8/9 MCUs are available now for sampling and volume production in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, 6 x 6 mm QFN, and 4 x 4 mm UQFN; as well as 40-pin PDIP, TQFP, 8 x 8 mm QFN, and 5 x 5 mm UQFN packages. Prices start at $1.18 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.
Microchip Technology launched the dsPIC33FJ32MC104 family of 16-Bit Digital Signal Controllers. The dsPIC33FJ32MC101, dsPIC33FJ32GP101 and PIC24FJ32MC101 devices are available in 20-pin SOIC and PDIP packages. The dsPIC33FJ32MC102, dsPIC33FJ32GP102 and PIC24FJ32MC102 devices are offered in 28-pin SOIC, SSOP, QFN packages, as well as a 36-pin VTLA package. The dsPIC33FJ32MC104, dsPIC33FJ32GP104 and PIC24FJ32MC104 are offered in 44-pin TQFP, VTLA, and QFN packages. All the devices are available now for sampling and volume production. Prices start at $1.71 each (10,000-unit quantities).
The Texas Instruments C2000 Piccolo TMS320F2802x microcontrollers integrate analog hardware on a single chip and replace multiple electronic components. The TI MCUs are ideal for household appliances, industrial textile machines and compressors. The Piccolo F2802x microcontrollers are priced at $1.50 each in 1000 volumes. They are available in a wide variety of configurations.
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.
Technosoft introduced the iPOS3602 and iPOS3604 intelligent servo drives. The new iPOS line integrates all the basic motor control functions, motion control and PLC features on a small plug-in module. The iPOS drive can control any rotary or linear brushless, DC brush or step motor. The motion capabilities of the iPOS cards include position or speed profiles (trapezoidal, S-curve), 3third order PVT and first order PT interpolation, electronic gearing and camming, and analog or digital external reference. The Technosoft intelligent servo drives also feature cyclic synchronous position, speed and torque modes specific to EtherCAT.
Texas Instruments announced the DRV8312-C2-KIT motor control evaluation kit for spinning brushless DC (BLDC) and permanent magnet synchronous (PMSM) motors. The sensorless field-oriented control (FOC) and trapezoidal commutation platform spins motors out of the box. It speeds the development of sub-50-V and 6.5-A brushless motors for driving medical pumps, gates, lifts, small pumps, industrial and consumer robotics and automation. The kit includes includes CCStudio IDE (no compiler or memory limitations), documentation, software source, and hardware development package (bill of materials, schematics, and gerbers). The TI DRV8312-C2-KIT is available now for $299.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the DRV8412 evaluation kit (DRV8412-C2-KIT) for spinning motors. The DRV8412 evaluation platform for spinning motors includes all of the hardware and software needed to spin two brushed DC motors or a single stepper motor. The DRV8412-C2-KIT speeds development time for brushed DC and stepper motors running up to 6 A continuous/12 A peak at 50 V. The kit is for ideal medical pumps, gate openers, stage lighting, textile manufacturing tools, and industrial or consumer robotics. The DRV8412-C2-KIT is available now for $199 (price includes CCStudio IDE with no compiler or memory limitations).
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC12F182X and PIC16F19XX 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC1XF182X MCUs include dual I2C/SPI interfaces, multiple PWM channels with independent time bases, a Data Signal Modulator, and other peripherals. The PIC16F19XX MCUs provide up to 28 KB of Flash program memory. The on-chip LCD drive supports up to 184 segments and provides a low-power drive mode for increased efficiency. The MCUs also include up to 5 Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) channels with independent time bases for controlling various motor types and peripherals.