Chandler, AZ--October 21, 1996--Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) is launching the 25CXXX Serial EEPROM family which supports the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus. The 25CXXX Serial EEPROM family offers a data transfer bus rate of 3 MHz and a low power requirement of 1.8-6.0 V.
SPI enhances communications among microcontrollers and peripheral devices, such as serial EEPROMs, LCD displays, analog-to-digital converters, and digital-to-analog converters. Microchip's PIC16C6X and PIC16C7X mid-range, 8-bit, one-time-programmable microcontrollers contain a communications port supporting SPI, enabling Microchip to provide a more complete, embedded system solution.
The 25C080/160 provides fast 3 MHz maximum bus rate, a 16-byte page buffer, and hardware- and software-enabled write protection features with the ability to write protect user-selectable portions of the memory array via software. These devices offer Microchip's reliability with 10 million erase/write cycle performance, data retention of more than 200 years, and ESD protection of greater than 4,000 V.
The high performance SPI capabilities of the 25C080/160 make them an ideal solution for cellular telephones, pagers, home security systems, fax machines, printers, modems, anti-lock breaks, traction control, odometers, engine control, airbags, vending machines, audio equipment, CD-ROMs, data acquisition, and other applications.
The 25CXXX family is supported by Microchip's SEEVAL serial EEPROM programming and ev aluation system, which can reduce overall system development time by virtually eliminating the time required to integrate a Microchip serial EEPROM in an application. SEEVAL allows users to read, write, or erase any byte or the entire array, and offers special features to aid in system integration and debug.
The 25C080/160 devices are available in PDIP and SOIC packages. Pricing in 1,000 unit quantities is $1.08 for the 25C080 and $1.34 for the 25C160 (commercial temperature PDIP versions). With product samples available today, volume production is expected November 1996.
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