Chandler, Ariz.In an effort to improve throughput and data buffering in Ethernet connectivity, remote sensing, data logging and audio streaming applications, Microchip Technology has integrated USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbyes of RAM into its latest microcontrollers.
With this large amount of RAM, the four-member line dubbed PIC24FJ256GB210 can also be used to store generated images or data for dynamic content, such as real-time, remote sensor data graphs. In combination with Microchip's free USB software library and TCP/IP stack, the MCUs lower system costs and footprints in a broad range of industrial, instrumentation/measurement, medical and consumer applications, according to Microchip.
A USB peripheral and large amount of RAM are integrated into a single MCU as small as 64 pins, along with Peripheral Pin Select to provide designers the flexibility to remap digital I/O pins. Additional peripherals include 24 channels of mTouch capacitive touch sensing, along with a free touch software library, and the 16-bit Enhanced Parallel Master/Slave Port, which enables wider peripheral selection and improved bandwidth when connecting to off-chip resources.
The PIC24FJ128GB206 and PIC24FJ256GB206 come in 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages, while the PIC24FJ128GB210 and PIC24FJ256GB210 are available in 100-pin TQFP and 121-pin BGA packages.
This MCU family easily integrates into Microchip's modular development-board system. A new $25 PIC24FJ256GB210 Plug-in Module (part # MA240021) is available today, which readily connects to the proven Explorer 16 Modular Development Board and its companion USB PICtail Plus daughter card.
Pricing: Starts at $4.10 each in 10ku.
Availability: General sampling and volume production.
Datasheet: Click here.
Microchip Technology, www.microchip.com