Family of 32-bit microcontrollers lower power consumption

A six-member family of 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontrollers from Microchip Technology Inc. intends to provide the same integrated Ethernet, CAN, USB and serial connectivity peripherals with new memory options.


Microchip Technology Inc.Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced a new, six-member family of 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontrollers intended to provide the same integrated Ethernet, CAN, USB and serial connectivity peripherals with new, more cost-effective memory options. Additionally, design enhancements have been made to provide lower power consumption of 0.5 mA/MHz active current, higher Flash memory endurance of 20k read/write cycles and better EEPROM emulation capability. And, by maintaining common pin outs, the PIC32 portfolio allegedly provides designers with a seamless migration path to achieve the correct balance of memory and cost for their high-performance applications.

Microchip’s newest 80 MHz PIC32 microcontroller family reportedly lowers costs without sacrificing performance or functionality by maintaining performance of 1.56 DMIPS/MHz, and integrating Ethernet, CAN, USB and multiple serial communication channels, while offering more cost-effective memory options. Specifically, the family offers 32 Kbytes of RAM and up to 140 Kbytes of Flash.

Example applications for this new PIC32 family include: Communications (point-of-sale terminals, Web servers, multi-protocol bridges); Industrial/Medical (automation controllers, medical devices, security monitoring); Consumer/Appliance (audio, MP3 decoders, displays, small appliances, fitness equipment); Automotive (aftermarket, car alarms, GPS).

Microchip Technology Inc.

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