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Microchip Expands 70 MIPS DsPIC33E DSCs And PIC24E MCUs With 32 KB To 256 KB Flash For Easy Memory Migration

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced new additions to the 70 MIPS dsPIC33E and PIC24E product families, building on Microchip’s motor control and general-purpose device series that include integrated Op Amps and a Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) for temperature sensing or mTouch™ capacitive touch sensing. The devices feature 70 MIPS of performance for motor control, sensing, actuators and other embedded applications. The new Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and microcontrollers include pin and feature compatible devices ranging from 32-256 KB of Flash memory, enabling designers to easily migrate within the family. These devices are also code compatible with Microchip’s existing dsPIC33F products, providing a migration path from 40 to 70 MIPS.

View a brief presentation on these new products: http://www.microchip.com/get/1T8G

The new dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices enable motor control designers to reduce the costs of high-performance motor control systems with cost-effective 70 MIPS devices that include innovative technology. New on-chip peripherals, such as integrated Op Amps, reduce board space and the need for external components. These Op Amps can be used in a variety of sensing applications where signal amplification is required. With a rich feature set and low cost, the dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices can be used in sensor, communications, automotive, industrial and emerging applications.

“This expansion of the dsPIC33E and PIC24E families offers customers high-performance devices in a wide range of memory sizes, with innovative features at a lower cost than previously possible,” said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s MCU16 Division. “Customers can get their designs started using Microchip’s comprehensive array of software libraries including motor control application notes and tuning guides.”

Development Support

Microchip’s extensive suite of easy-to-use development tools is compatible with the dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices. For motor control, the low voltage dsPICDEM™ MCLV-2 Development Board (part # DM330021-2, $199) and high voltage dsPICDEM MCHV-2 Development System (part # DM330023-2, $699) are available today to provide designers with motor control development systems that enable customers to take full advantage of the internal Op Amps. Both motor control development boards use Plug-In Module (PIM) daughter cards which can be easily interchanged to support different configurations, with or without integrated Op Amps. Microchip offers two motor-control PIMs to support these development boards, the dsPIC33EP256MC506 External OpAmp Motor Control PIM (part # MA330031-2, $25) and the dsPIC33EP256MC506 Internal OpAmp Motor Control PIM (part #MA330031, $25), both of which are available today.

For customers developing applications other than motor control, Microchip offers the dsPIC33EP256GP506 General Purpose PIM (part # MA330030, $25), which is designed to work with Microchip’s modular Explorer 16 Development Platform.

Pricing & Availability

The dsPIC33E and dsPIC24E devices are available today for sampling and volume production, starting $1.80 each, in 10,000-unit quantities. The dsPIC33E and PIC24E families are offered in a wide variety of packages, including 28-pin QFN, SSOP, SPDIP, and SOIC; 36-pin VTLA; 44-pin TQFP, VTLA and QFN; and 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/A9SK. To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.

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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/3C0W.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and dsPIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. dsPICDEM and mTouch are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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