Microchip Technology introduced the PICDEM Inductive Touch Development Kit, which is an evaluation and development platform for Microchip’s Inductive Touch technology. The PICDEM Inductive Touch Development Kit features a fully-developed inductive-touch board, complete with embossed metal front panel, source code, schematics and a diagnostic software tool that enables designers to evaluate their application. The kit is available for for $69.99.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC16(L)F1826 and PIC16(L)F1827 [PIC16(L)F1826/7] general-purpose 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with Enhanced Mid-range core. The PIC16(L)F1826/7 devices are both available in 18-pin PDIP and SOIC packages; a 20-pin SSOP package; and 28-pin 6 mm x 6 mm QFN and 4 mm x 4 mm µQFN packages. The PIC16(L)F1826 are priced at $0.92 each in 10,000-unit quantities, and the PIC16(L)F1827 at $0.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities, for all package options.
Microchip Technology unveiled the PIC24FJ64GA104 and PIC24FJ64GB004 16-bit microcontroller (mcu) families. Both PIC24F families feature nanoWatt XLP extreme low power technology, small packages, and mTouch capacitive touch sensing. All family members are available now for sampling and volume production. Prices start at $2.12 each in 10,000 unit quantities for the PIC24FJ64GA104 general-purpose family members, and $2.32 each in 10,000 unit quantities for the PIC24FJ64GB004 USB family members.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MPR121 ultra-low-power capacitive sensor and a touch sensing software (TSS) suite compatible with more than 300 of its 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). The Freescale MPR121 capacitive touch sensor offers highly reliable touch detection through increased electrode count and integration of automatic calibration and area detection systems. The 12-pad touch sensor is available in the industry’s smallest lead-free package and offers the lowest power consumption at 29 µA average supply current, helping OEMs meet aggressive power targets.