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Microchip Releases New PIC® Microcontroller Family
The PIC16F15386 Family includes Core Indepedent Peripherals and uses MPLAB® Code Configurator
The PIC16F15386 family, the most powerful launching point into the 8-bit PIC® microcontroller (MCU) portfolio,
is now available from Microchip. In addition to our current Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs),
this family includes a high-accuracy 32 MHz internal oscillator and memory features like Memory Access Partition (MAP)
with bootloader-friendly write-protection to prevent accidental over-write. Device Information Area (DIA) offers protected storage
for unique device identification and calibration values. The PIC16F15386 family also offers a comprehensive,
easy-to-use development experience with Microchip’s MPLAB® Xpress with MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) - the quickest way to generate application code.
The family is suitable for a broad range of general-purpose and low-power applications.
The scalable family offers up to 28KB Flash and 2KB RAM in 8- to 48-pin package options.
It is the first 8-bit PIC MCU family to offer the 48-pin package, adding more Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) channels and I/Os.
The family offers high levels of CIP integration to perform system functions (signal generation, motor control,
safety monitoring, system communications, and human interface) outside the core while consuming as little power as possible.
The new MCUs also contain power management features (IDLE and DOZE modes and Peripheral Module Disable) that allow engineers
to optimize the balance between power consumption and performance.
“We’ve always offered a diverse portfolio of products with large market appeal,” said Steve Drehobl,
vice president of Microchip’s 8-bit MCU division. “With the combination of the most requested features and
peripherals by our large base of PIC MCU users, the flexibility in memory size and package options and
the availability of MPLAB Xpress with MCC, we expect the PIC16F15386 family to be popular with experienced and
first-time PIC MCU designers.”
The new family-specific Xpress series development board enables projects to start immediately.
In only two minutes, engineers can start application code development with the Xpress series board and
the cloud-based MPLAB Xpress Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The family is also supported by
two Curiosity boards (DM164136 and DM164137) and Microchip’s free software development platforms
including MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) and MPLAB X IDE. MCC is a free software plug-in that provides
a graphical interface to configure peripherals and functions specific to your application.
The company's Web site address is www.Microchip.com
[Reprinted with kind permission from Microchip - Release Date, 21st February, 2017]