Full-Speed USB 2.0 PIC Microcontrollers from Microchip

12th June 2006
ES Admin
Microchip has announced two Flash PIC® microcontrollers, the PIC18F2450 and PIC18F4450 - both with certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity for 12 megabits-per-second (Mbps) data-transfer rates, and 12 MIPS (48MHz) processing performance. Combined with a wide variety of on-chip peripherals, nanoWatt Technology power management, and self-programmable Flash memory, these features provide a complete solution for designers working with USB in industrial, medical and many other embedded applications.
Many USB-capable microcontrollers are optimized for applications in PC peripherals and consumer markets, rather than for embedded designs. Microchip’s USB PIC microcontroller family makes the benefits of Full-Speed USB available to a broader range of embedded applications that operate in harsh environments and only occasionally connect to personal computers.

Some applications that may benefit from these new USB PIC microcontrollers include industrial data-logging, timing and analysis tools; battery-powered handheld devices; and fire, security, home-automation and back-up (UPS) systems. The two new USB PIC microcontrollers feature 16 Kbytes of self-programmable Enhanced Flash memory, which allows field upgrades for end applications via the USB port. Microchip’s advanced Flash technology provides high endurance of up to 100,000 erase/write cycles and data retention of more than 40 years.

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