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Microchip launches New Generation of 8-bit AVR MCUs with Core Independent Peripherals

8-bit tinyAVR MCUs

Microchip Technology releases a new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR MCUs which comprises four new devices range from 14 to 24 pins and 4 KB to 8 KB of Flash.

Powered with first of its kind tiny footprint featuring Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) – the new devices are supported by START, an innovative online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration of embedded software projects.

The new ATtiny817/816/814/417 devices are sought to provide all the right features:

  • To help drive product innovation including small, low pin count and feature-rich packaging in 4 KB or 8 KB of Flash memory.
  • Other integrated features include: a CIP called Peripheral Touch Controller (PTC); Event System for peripheral co-operation; custom programmable logic blocks; self-programming for firmware upgrades; non-volatile data storage; 20 MHz internal oscillator; high-speed serial communication with USART; operating voltages ranging from 1.8 V to 5.5 V; 10-bit ADC with internal voltage references; and sleep currents at less than 100 nA in power down mode with SRAM retention.

Citing on the new rollout, Steve Sanghi, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Microchip Technology Inc, said, “This announcement is very important to Microchip as it represents the coming together of the two most powerful 8-bit MCU brands under one roof. Customers love both PIC and AVR MCUs and Microchip is re-energising new product development to not only continue to support, but to grow the esteemed AVR portfolio.”

CIPs allow the peripherals to operate independently of the core; including serial communication and analog peripherals. Together with the Event System, that allows peripherals to communicate without using the CPU, applications can be optimised at a system level. This lowers power consumption and increases throughput and system reliability.

“As the number one provider of 8-bit MCUs with our broad portfolio of PIC, AVR and 8051 MCU cores, we are committed to providing our customers with more products that can help differentiate their designs,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 division. “By adding innovative capabilities like Core Independent Peripherals, interconnected analog and intuitive graphic design support that have been available on PIC MCUs for some time, we are continuing to provide our AVR MCU customers with the right tools to innovate and get to market fast.”

Accompanying the release of the four new devices, The Company has said to add support for the new AVR family in START, the online tool to configure software components and tailor embedded applications. This tool is free of charge and offers an optimised framework that allows the user to focus on adding differentiating features to their application.

Development and support

To help accelerate evaluation and development, a new Xplained Mini Kit is available. The Xplained Mini Kit is also compatible with the Arduino kit ecosystem. The kit can be used for standalone development and is fully supported by the software development tools, START and Studio 7.

Availability

The new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR MCUs is available in mass production today in QFN and SOIC packaging. Devices are available in 4 KB and 8 KB Flash variants for 10K units. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor.

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