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Microchip Introduces New Low-Power PIC24 "GA7" Microcontroller Family
New Devices feature a sleep mode down to 190nA and are ideal for IoT Sensor Nodes
The new PIC24 “GA7” family of microcontrollers (MCU) is now available from Microchip.
As the lowest-cost 256 KB Flash memory 16-bit MCUs available today, these PIC24 devices enable extremely
cost-effective designs for Internet of Things (IoT) sensor nodes, portable medical devices and industrial control applications.
The PIC24 “GA7” family enables developers to cut power consumption, cost and space.
The devices offer low-power modes including multiple sleep modes, down to 190 nA,
to greatly decrease power consumption for extended battery life in portable applications at a fraction
of the cost of previous solutions. The new devices also offer up to 256 KB Flash and
16 KB RAM and are available in 28, 44 and 48 pin count package options, some as small as 4 x 4mm.
Products in the PIC24 “GA7” family support Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) such as configurable logic cell (CLC),
Multi-output Capture Compare Pulse Width Modulation module (MCCP) and Direct Memory Access (DMA),
which allow developers to accomplish tasks in hardware while freeing up the central processing unit (CPU)
to do other tasks or to go to sleep. The new microcontrollers also features a robust peripheral set
including 12-bit, 200 ksps Analog to Digital Converter (ADC), up to seven timers and
two Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitters (UARTs).
“Designers are demanding more program memory in smaller pin count packages. With the PIC24 ‘GA7’ family,
Microchip offers a cost-effective solution packing 256 KB Flash into small 4 x 4 mm packages,” said Joe Thomsen,
Vice President of Microchip’s MCU16 Division. “This PIC24 family also offers various power-down modes
for power-sensitive and handheld applications.”
The new PIC24 “GA7” family is supported by the Explorer 16/32 Development Board ecosystem as well
as the new PIC24FJ256GA705 Plug-In Module which plugs into the Explorer 16/32 Board for easy evaluation and development.
Speed up development by leveraging the “GA7” family’s compatibility with Microchip’s established
software development platforms including MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC), MPLAB X IDE and XC16 Compiler.
The PIC24 “GA7” devices are also supported by Microchip’s MPLAB Xpress Cloud-Based IDE,
which is an online development environment containing the most popular features of MPLAB X IDE.
MPLAB Xpress incorporates the latest version of MPLAB Code Configurator,
which enables users to automatically generate initialization and
application C code using a graphical interface and pin map.
For more information please visit,
The company's Web site address is www.Microchip.com
[Reprinted with kind permission from Microchip - Release Date, 12th December, 2016]