Microchip introduces PIC32MK family of microcontrollers

Microchip introduces PIC32MK family of microcontrollers

May 19, 2017 — The family of PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) is available from Microchip Technology The PIC32MK family features four integrated MCUs for precision dual Motor Control applications (PIC32MK MC) and eight MCUs packed with serial communication modules for General Purpose applications (PIC32MK GP). All MC and GP devices feature a 120 MHz 32-bit core that supports Digital Signal Processor (DSP) instructions. Additionally, to ease control algorithm development, a double-precision floating point unit is integrated into the MCU core enabling customers to utilize floating-point based modeling and simulation tools for code development.

To increase efficiency and decrease the number of discrete devices needed in motor control applications, the PIC32MK MC devices combine 32-bit processing with advanced analog peripherals such as a quad 10 MHz op amp, comparators and motor-control optimized Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) modules. The devices also have Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) modules capable of total throughput of 25.45 Mega-Samples Per Second (MSPS) in 12-bit mode or 33.79 MSPS in 8-bit mode, enabling higher precision in motor control applications. The devices come with up to 1 MB Live Update Flash, 4 KB of EEPROM and 256 KB SRAM.

With connectivity integration, the PIC32MK devices have up to four independent CAN 2.0 ports as well as six Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) modules, Local Interconnect Network (LIN) 1.2 and six Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) or Inter-IC Sound (I2S) modules. Additionally, two complete full-speed USB modules are included on select devices enabling simultaneous USB host and USB device to be active at the same time. 

As with all PIC32 devices, the PIC32MK family is supported by Microchip’s MPLAB Harmony Integrated Software Framework, MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB XC32 Compiler for PIC32, MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulation system.
Several additional tools are available including:

  • PIC32MK GP Connectivity Developers Kit, part number DM320106, for $120.00
  • PIC32MK Motor Control Plug-In Module (PIM), microchipDIRECT part number MA320024 compatible with dsPICDEM MCLV-2 Low Voltage Motor Control Kit part number DM330021-2

The PIC32MK devices have peripheral block support for MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink as well as open-source-based Scilab for customers interested in numerical computation computing environments for engineering and scientific applications.

Devices in the PIC32MK family are offered with up to 1 MB Flash and 256 KB SRAM in 64- and 100-pin TQFP and QFN packaging options. 

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