Electronic Design

Microchip Visits Boston ESC

Microchip Technology not been to Boston for the Embedded Systems Conference saving most of its time and energy for the west coast but it has finally come to Bean Town. As usual, it had an array of 8- and 16-bit offerings on display including the addition of the new PIC18F high-performance 8-bit microcontroller family (Fig. 1). The 16 MIPS (64 MHz) PIC18F starts off with 28-, 40- and 44-pin packages with on-chip oscillator. All incorporate Microchip’s nanoWatt technology features with an operating range of 1.8V to 3.6V. The Master Synchronous Serial Port handles serial chores including I2C and SPI support with address masking. There is a 4-channel10-bit Enhanced Capture/Compare PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) module with PWM steering capability. Versions are available with up to a 14-channel, 10-bit ADC with a 1.2V fixed voltage reference and dual rail-to-rail comparators. The family supports up to 64 Kbytes of Flash, 3,936 bytes of RAM, and up to 1Kbytes of EEPROM. The EUSART includes LIN compatibility. Prices start at $1.56. Related Links Microchip Technology

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