Microchip Technology Inc., has announced a new series from its PIC18F high-end 8-bit microcontroller family that has an extra serial port for expanded connectivity and a faster analog-to-digital-converter (ADC) for quicker measurement – all at a 30 percent lower price than the previous generation.
Using Microchip’s nanoWatt technology, the sleep current is 40 percent lower – and the operating current is more than 50 percent lower – compared to previous generations. Microchip say that this combination of cost-effectiveness, features, and performance is ideal for a wide variety of applications, such as battery-powered, industrial, and consumer products.
Design engineers are faced with ever-increasing demands for processing power and connectivity, while simultaneously facing the challenge to lower power consumption and overall system costs. The new PIC18F8622/8527/6622/6527 series of microcontrollers provides high performance with its 10-bit, 100 ksps ADC; extended communication with two synchronous and two asynchronous serial ports; and longer battery life through nanoWatt Technology and an 8 MHz internal oscillator. Additionally, the PIC18F8622 is compatible with Microchip's MPLAB development tools and has excellent C-code efficiency.
A few example applications for the new PICS are: Industrial (HVAC, communications control, battery-powered instrumentation) and Consumer (white-good appliances, battery-powered electronics).
Additional key features of the PIC18F8622 series include:
- 48 or 64 Kbytes of Flash program memory, 4 Kbytes of RAM and 1 Kbyte of EEPROM
- 2 Enhanced USART and 2 I2C or SPI serial communication ports
- 2 Standard and 3 enhanced capture/compare/PWM modules
- 2 Comparators
- 2 8-bit and 3 16-bit timers
The PIC18F8622 maintains compatibility with Microchip's free MPLAB IDE integrated development environment, and the MPLAB C18 C compiler, MPLAB ICD 2 in-circuit debugger and emulator, and the MPLAB PM3 universal device programmer. In addition, the PICDEM HPC Explorer Board (part # DM183022) was created specifically for evaluation and development with Microchip's high-end PIC18F 8-bit microcontroller family.
All four members of the PIC18F8622 series are available today for general sampling and volume production. The PIC18F8622 and PIC18F8527 are available in 80-pin TQFP packaging, while the PIC18F6622 and PIC18F6527 are available in 64-pin TQFP packaging. For pricing or other additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at www.microchip.com/highpin .