The microcontrollers anchoring most embedded designs today


05-05-2022 | Microchip Technology | Semiconductors

Microchip Technology Inc has launched five new product families and more than 60 new individual devices that provide embedded designers with simple solutions to their most common problems.

Designers looking to develop innovative designs are turning to the company’s new PIC and AVR microcontroller product families because of their processing power, ability to easily communicate with other chips and analog devices that have been designed to be extremely configurable without the need to make changes to the PCB. These devices combine ASIC-like capabilities with a simple development experience that extends conventional MCU capabilities and allows them to be configured as intelligent peripheral chips. Like software-controlled operational amplifiers, the PIC16F171 family of smart peripherals, MVIO and ADCC add value to applications that otherwise would not use traditional microcontrollers.

The challenge of spanning multiple voltage domains is a common situation in systems that have 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 its 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. The CIP) available on the entire PIC and AVR product line can be programmed with MCC to be easily connected to form a hardware processing chain. This makes it possible to produce custom peripherals that eliminate software processing cycle times.

“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 MCU8 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 not common in the industry.”

The company provides a comprehensive development ecosystem of hardware and software tools, integrating its MPLAB X and MPLAB Xpress IDEs and MCCs, providing an intuitive graphical interface to generate production-ready configuration and application code for projects based on 8-bit MCUs.


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