Chandler, Ariz. Microchip Technology Inc. has launched the first ten members of its high-pincount, high-density memory PIC18F87J10 flash microcontroller family, which, according to the company double the performance in low-voltage applications by delivering up to 10 MIPS at 3V.
As the performance levels among 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers continue to blur and more designs migrate to lower voltages, embedded engineers are looking for cost-effective yet peripheral-rich 8-bit microcontrollers with high memory densities and pincounts that help them preserve their legacy 8-bit code and development-tool investments, according to Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division.
The PIC18F87J10 8-bit microcontroller family addresses these performance and memory needs by providing linear access (no pages) to as much as 128 Kbytes of onboard Flash memory, while offering complete code and tool compatibility with all PIC18F microcontrollers.
In addition, the new microcontrollers include nanoWatt Technology for optimal power management and prolonged battery life, along with two synchronous serial ports (capable of SPI or I2C ) and two asynchronous serial ports (LIN-capable USARTs) for expanded connectivity. Details about family member packages, memory options and features can be obtained online at
The new PIC18F87J10 microcontrollers are supported by Microchip's development systems, including: MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB Visual Device Initializer, MPLAB C18 optimizing C Compiler, Application Maestro software, MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB PM3 Universal Device Programmer. The PICDEM HPC Explorer Board (part # DM183022), is also available to ease development with these high pin-count, large-memory microcontrollers.
All ten PIC18F87J10 family microcontrollers are available now for limited sampling, and volume production is expected in June. Unit pricing in 10k quantities starts at $3.48.
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