PIC® and AVR® microcontrollers anchor the majority of embedded designs today – EEJournal


Microchip reinforces its commitment to 8-bit PIC and AVR microcontrollers by launching five new product families and more than 60 new devices

CHANDLER, Ariz., April 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As smartphones, autonomous vehicles and 5G wireless connectivity dominate the in-vehicle design landscape in 2022, Microchip’s 8-bit PIC® and RAV® microcontroller (MCU) families are gaining market share. Over the past 50 years, the market for 8-bit microcontrollers has grown steadily, and Microchip currently sells one device for every human in the Western Hemisphere every year. To support this continuing trend, Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announces the release of five new product families and over 60 new individual devices that provide embedded designers with simple solutions to their most common problems.

Designers looking to create innovative designs turn to Microchip’s new PIC and AVR lines of microcontrollers because of their processing power, ability to easily communicate with other chips, and analog peripherals that were designed to be exceptionally configurable without having to make any changes. to the printed circuit board (PCB). These devices combine ASIC-like capabilities with a simple development experience that extends traditional MCU capabilities and allows them to be configured as intelligent peripheral chips. Smart peripherals, like the PIC16F171 family software-controlled op amp, multi-voltage I/O (MVIO), and analog-to-digital converter with computation (ADCC) add value to applications that otherwise would not wouldn’t use traditional MCUs.

The challenge of spanning multiple voltage domains is a common situation in systems that include chips using different supply voltages (eg, connecting a 5 V microcontroller to a 1.8 V sensor). This type of system would normally require level-shifting hardware, which adds cost. The MVIO peripheral found on Microchip’s latest 8-bit microcontrollers, including the AVR DD family, allows a single port of the microcontroller to operate in a different voltage domain from the rest of the microcontroller, eliminating the need for additional external components.

Some systems require a level of speed and response time that is difficult to achieve with software processing. Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available in the Microchip PIC and AVR product line can be programmed with MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) to be easily connected to form a processing hardware chain. This makes it possible to create custom peripherals that eliminate software processing cycle times. For example, a WS2812 LED matrix, which requires a single timing to be driven properly, can be controlled easily by configuring a super device consisting of a pulse width modulator (PWM), an SPI interface and the configurable logic cell (CLC).

As the market for 8-bit PIC and AVR MCU devices continues to grow, Microchip remains responsive to the long-term needs of its customers by adhering to strong fundamentals in their product portfolio and support structure. PIC and AVR microcontrollers are incredibly easy to design, and their support network helps Microchip customers accelerate their return on investment. The 8-bit microcontroller portfolio is pin-to-pin compatible, allowing an alternate PIC or AVR microcontroller to be selected when increased performance is needed or when a customer wishes to maximize product availability while minimizing redesign requirements.

“PIC and AVR microcontrollers are incredibly popular because they are designed to meet our customers’ requirements for current and future applications,” said Greg Robinson, vice president of marketing for Microchip’s 8-bit MCU business unit. “We have also built a robust supply chain for 8-bit PIC and AVR microcontrollers, the vast majority of which are manufactured in Microchip-owned facilities. This allows us to control the production process in a way that is not common in the industry. »

development tools
Microchip offers a comprehensive development ecosystem of hardware and software tools, including its MPLAB® X and MPLAB® Xpress Integrated Development Environments (IDE) and MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC), which offers an intuitive GUI to generate production-ready configuration and application code for 8-bit MCU-based projects.

The five product families are currently in sampling or in production. For more information click here. To purchase, contact a Microchip Sales Representative, Authorized Global Distributor, or the Microchip Buying and Customer Service website, www.microchipDIRECT.com.

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Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs that reduce risk while reducing total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers in the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Based in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers exceptional technical support and reliable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.


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