Microchip Technology has launched five new product families and over 60 new individual devices of PIC and AVR Microcontrollers (MCUs) that offer embedded designer’s simple solutions to their most common problems.
Designers who are looking to create innovative designs are turning to Microchip’s new product families of PIC and AVR MCUs because of their processing power, ability to easily communicate with other chips and analog peripherals that have been built to be exceptionally configurable without having to make changes to the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).
“PIC and AVR microcontrollers are incredibly popular because they are designed to meet our clients’ requirements for current, as well as future, applications,” said Greg Robinson, Vice President of Marketing for Microchip’s MCU8 business unit. “We have also built a robust supply chain for 8-bit PIC and AVR MCUs, the vast majority of which are manufactured in Microchip-owned facilities. This allows us to control the production process in ways that are not common in the industry.”
These devices combine ASIC-like capabilities with a simple development experience that extends traditional MCUs capabilities and allows them to be configured as smart peripheral chips.
The challenge of spanning multiple voltage domains is a common situation in systems that include chips using different supply voltages (e.g., connecting a 5V MCU to a 1.8V sensor).
This type of system would normally require level-shifting hardware, which increases costs. The MVIO peripheral found on Microchip’s latest 8-bit MCUs, including the AVR DD family, allows a single port on the MCUs to operate in a different voltage domain than the rest of the MCU, which eliminates the need for additional external components.
Some systems require a level of speed and response time that is difficult to achieve with software-based processing. The Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available across the Microchip PIC and AVR product range can be programmed with MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) to be easily connected to form a hardware processing chain. This makes it possible to create custom peripherals that eliminate software processing cycle times.
As the market for 8-bit PIC and AVR MCUs continues to grow, Microchip remains responsive to its customers’ long-term needs by adhering to strong fundamentals in its product portfolio and support structure.
PIC and AVR MCUs are incredibly easy to design and their support network enables Microchip’s customers to accelerate their time to revenue.
The 8-bit MCU portfolio is pin-to-pin compatible, which allows an alternate PIC or AVR MCUs to be selected when more performance is needed or when a customer wants to maximize product availability while minimizing redesign requirements.