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Microchip unveils lowest power, cost-effective PIC32 Family with Core Independent Peripherals

Microchip launches New PIC32MM

Microchip Technology announces the company’s lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The new Microchip PIC32MM family is also said to bridge the gap between the company’s popular PIC24F XLP and PIC32MX families.

The new family is touted to be the first PIC32 to feature core independent peripherals, designed to offload the CPU for lower power and lower system design cost. The PIC32MM devices are supported by the Microchip MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) to help simplify and accelerate designs.

Today’s embedded applications targeting the Internet of Things (IoT), consumer, industrial control, and motor control require flexible MCUs that consume less power, are more cost effective and have smaller form factors. For applications demanding low power and longer battery life, the PIC32MM has sleep modes down to 500 nA. Applications with space constraints will benefit from the small 4×4 mm package options. The PIC32MM devices include core independent peripherals such as Configurable Logic Cells (CLC) and Multiple-output Capture Compare PWMs (MCCPs) which help enable sensorless BLDC motor control applications.

“With volume pricing starting at $0.60, sleep modes down to 500 nA, and compact 4×4 mm packages, the PIC32MM family offers a compelling solution for applications with budget, power and size constraints,” said Joe Thomsen, vice president of Microchip’s MCU16 business unit.” Supported by the popular MPLAB Code Configurator tool, these PIC32MM devices are easy to set up, accelerating design schedules for rapidly changing markets.”

Development support

To help accelerate evaluation and development, a new PIC32MM processor plug-in module is available (MA320020), which plugs into the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001). The entire family of PIC32MM devices is supported by the Microchip MPLAB ecosystem including MPLAB X IDE and XC32 compiler. The MPLAB Code Configurator, a plug-in to the MPLAB X, helps with easy peripheral set-up, device configuration and pin mapping.

For a limited time, if one buys a PIC32MM PIM (MA320020) for $25, one can get an Explorer 16 board (DM240001) for $89.99, a $40 savings.

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