- August 31, 2010
August 31, 2010 - Microchip Technology expanded its 8-bit and USB microcontroller (MCU) lines with the PIC18F47J53. Featuring XLP technology for eXtreme Low Power Consumption, the MCU provides up to 128 KB Flash program memory and 4 KB RAM, offering plenty of code space for Microchip‚Äôs free USB stack, and for application code. The MCU features full-speed USB 2.0 capability, enabling applications that can perform remote field upgrades, download usage data and connect to diagnostic equipment, which results in lower costs and more flexibility for the end user. The integrated mTouch sensing capability enables easy implementation of capacitive touch sensing user interfaces, while XLP technology drastically reduces the amount of power consumed, helping to extend battery life. By having USB integrated on this XLP family of MCUs, there is no need to sacrifice power consumption just to have USB.Many portable applications, such as smart-card readers, need to occasionally connect to a PC or another portable device via USB. The full-speed USB 2.0 capability of the PIC18F47J53 MCU enables this, and Microchip offers a free smart card library, within its free USB stack. An on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter delivers the accuracy required for many advanced sensor, instrumentation and measurement applications. With multiple PWMs, timers and SPI channels with DMA, the PIC18F47J53 MCU is well suited for portable consumer devices, medical devices, and other applications requiring low power consumption and USB connectivity. Development Tool SupportMicrochip also announced the PIC18F47J53 Full-Speed USB Demo Board (part # MA180029, $45), today. This board can be used stand-alone or as a plug-in to the PIC18 Explorer Board (part # DM183032, $99.99). Additionally, designers can use Microchip‚Äòs complete suite of standard development tools with the new MCUs, including the user-friendly and free MPLAB IDE and corresponding suite of emulators, programmers and development boards, along with the MPLAB C or HI-TECH C compiler for PIC18 MCUs. Packaging, Pricing & AvailabilityThe PIC18F27J53 MCU is available in 28-pin QFN, SOIC, SPDIP, and SSOP packages. The PIC18F47J53 MCU is available in 44-pin QFN and TQFP packages. Pricing starts at $2.31 each, in 10,000-unit quantities. About Microchip TechnologyMicrochip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.