Microchip’s new DSCs & MCUs bring 70 MIPS performance and capacitive touch-sensing to cost-sensitive designs

9th November 2011
ES Admin
Microchip announces the expansion of its enhanced core 16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 ‘E’ Digital Signal Controller and microcontroller (MCU) families. The new devices include on-chip op amps and Microchip’s Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) peripheral to enable advanced features at a low cost, in user-interface, intelligent-sensing, general-purpose and motor-control applications. Pin-compatibility with existing 16-bit dsPIC33 DSCs and PIC24 MCUs provides easy migration with a choice of multiple package options including the new, ultra-small 5 mm x 5 mm 36-pin VTLA package.
With 70 MIPS of DSP performance and a 6-channel Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) peripheral, the dsPIC33 DSCs and PIC24 ‘E’ MCUs provide advanced motor control and high-speed application execution. This results in more efficient, smaller and lower-cost designs, as a single DSC or MCU can be used to control the entire system. The on-chip op amps can be used in a variety of sensing applications where signal conditioning is needed, and reduce the need for external components, helping to reduce overall design cost and size. The CTMU peripheral, used in mTouch™ capacitive touch-sensing, simplifies the addition of innovative and reliable user interfaces, including keypads, buttons and sliders.

Development Motor-control Plug-in Modules - dsPIC33EP64MC504 (MA330028) and PIC24EP64MC204 (MA240028) - are available priced at $25 each, for Microchip’s dsPICDEM™ Low-voltage Development Kit (DM330021), priced at $150.00, and for the High-voltage Motor-control Development Kit (DM330023), priced at $650.00.

The dsPIC33EP64MC50x DSC is available in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, SSOP and QFN packages; whilst the dsPIC33EP64MC20x DSC is available in 44-pin VTLA, TQFP and QFN packages; and the PIC24EP64MC20x MCU is available in 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages. The dsPIC33EP64GP50x DSC and PIC24EP64GP20x MCU are available now for limited sampling in a 36-pin VTLA package.

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