Microchip Brings Integrated Op Amps to Low-Cost 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers


WEBWIRE – Friday, April 26, 2013

New MCUs Feature On-Chip Op Amps, High-Speed Comparators, and ADC for General-Purpose, Signal Conditioning and Sensing Applications

CHANDLER, Ariz., [NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced two new 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers—the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570, which combine the ease-of-use of a PIC MCU with low-cost analog peripherals to create a well-integrated, cost-effective family suitable for a wide range of applications. With an on-chip dual Op Amp module, 8-bit ADC and two comparators, these MCUs are ideal for systems that require signal conditioning and amplification to interpret analog inputs.

The PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 employ a small and highly efficient 8-bit architecture, and add several features to support ease of use and system robustness. The all-new hardware interrupt capability gives designers the freedom to implement more complex functions without adding software overhead, while an integrated Brown-Out Reset (BOR) can detect faults in system power and safely reset the MCU to avoid memory corruption. The two MCUs also feature self-read/write program Flash memory, which allows for high-use data EEPROM functionality. These key features, along with the integration of commonly used analog peripherals, make the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 well suited for a number of low-cost sensor products, such as smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide detectors, photo sensors and automotive sensor-interface modules.

“At less than $0.39 in high volume, these two new MCUs represent tremendous value in the 8-bit marketplace,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 Division.”
Development Support

Microchip’s full suite of development tools support the PIC16F MCUs, including the PICkit™ Low Pin Count Demo Board (part # DM164130-9, $25.99), PICDEM™ Lab Development Kit with PICkit™ 3 (part # DM163045, $134.99), PICDEM Mechatronics (part # DM163029, $149.99),PICkit 3 Starter Kit (part # DV164130, $59.99), MPLAB® ICD 3 Evaluation Kit (part # DV164036, $229.99) and the MPLAB XC8 Compiler for 8-bit PIC MCUs.
Pricing & Availability

The PIC16F527 MCU is offered in 20-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages, and is available today for sampling and volume production, starting at $0.47 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The PIC16F570 is offered in 28-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages, and is expected to be available in June for sampling and volume production, starting at $0.57 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/TT5U.

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