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Microchip's New Low-Cost 18 pin and 28 pin 16-bit Microcontrollers


The Microchip PIC24HJ12 Family Offers 40 MIPS Performance, Large Flash Memory, A/D Converter in a Small 18-pin Package


Microchip further expands the PIC24HJ12 40 MIPS 16-bit microcontroller range, with two new 18-pin and 28-pin low cost microcontrollers.

Microchip Releases New Low-Cost 18 pin and 28 pin 16-bit Microcontrollers “The PIC24 16-bit microcontroller architecture was designed for engineers that need to migrate from 8-bit architectures,” said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip's Digital Signal Controller Division. “With 92 16-bit products in four compatible families, Microchip has created a broad platform to serve customer needs for many years, even as they scale up to DSP-enabled applications. Additionally, development tool investments can be preserved with 8-bit migrations, as our MPLAB Integrated Development Environment is compatible with the smallest 8-bit PIC microcontrollers through our entire 16-bit microcontroller and Digital Signal Controller (DSC) lineup.”

Microchip is the only company to offer seamless migration between its 16-bit microcontrollers and DSP-enabled DSCs, by providing pin, peripheral, software and tool compatibility. Being able to easily migrate among the 92 dsPIC DSCs and PIC24 microcontrollers in Microchip's rapidly growing 16-bit portfolio accelerates time to market and provides a path to quickly respond to requirement changes during the design process, while providing the scalability to serve many applications.

“With their dsPIC DSCs and PIC24 MCUs, Microchip is the only company on the planet with truly unified DSP and MCU product lines,” said Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts. “The dsPIC33 family gives MCU people an easy migration path to DSP performance.”

The PIC24HJ12 family also features Peripheral Pin Select, which allows designers to remap digital I/O to optimize board layout-enabling smaller boards, less noise and the use of a lower pin count microcontroller. Other key features of the new family include:

Key Features of the PIC24HJ12:

  • 40 MIPS performance in 6x6 mm packages
  • 12 Kbytes of Flash and 1 Kbyte of RAM
  • Analog-to-Digital Converter w/ up to 10 channels, and user-selectable 10-bit or 12-bit mode
  • 1 UART, 1 SPI and 1 I²C Port


The company's Web site address is www.microchip.com
[Reprinted with kind permission from Microchip Corporation]