Eight-bit MCUs with CIPs allow hardware customisation

3rd June 2020
Mick Elliott

PIC18-Q43 eight-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology are in stock at distributor Mouser Electronics.

These microcontrollers combine versatile and easy-to-use Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) with advanced interconnection capabilities to enable effortless sophisticated hardware customisation.

The CIPs enable the microcontroller to accomplish tasks in hardware while freeing up the CPU to focus on more complex system tasks or go to sleep to save power.

Because they offload timing-critical and core-intensive functions from the CPU, they eliminate the need for additional code and external components, reduce power consumption, and allow for deterministic response time and decreased validation time.

The 28-, 40- and 48-pin microcontrollers are equipped with Direct Memory Access (DMA), Configurable Logic Cells (CLCs), 16-bit PWMs, a 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter with computation (ADCC), and multiple communication interfaces.

This combination of peripherals simplifies the creation of customised hardware-based functions, improves system response and reduces the number of external components and code development time.

The PIC18-Q43 family is supported by the PIC18F57Q43 Curiosity Nano board, along with Microchip's MPLAB X IDE and MPLAB Xpress IDE development environments and MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) — a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface to configure peripherals and functions specific to an application.

The PIC18-Q43 microcontrollers are well suited for a wide range of real-time control applications including industrial control, consumer, automotive, motor control, capacitive touch sensing, and Internet of Things (IoT).

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