New Family of PIC18 Microcontrollers with Easy to Use Development Tools for Real-Time Control and Connected Applications

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ByDinesh Kumar 0

Microchip's PIC18-Q43 PIC Microcontroller

Microchip has introduced the next generation PIC18-Q43 family of PIC Microcontrollers that helps developers in offloading many software tasks to the hardware in order to reduce time to market. The Family has a combination of peripherals that provides greater versatility and simplicity to the users while creating custom hardware-based functions with easy to use development tools. Configurable peripherals are smartly interconnected to allow near-zero latency sharing of data, logic inputs or analog signals without additional code for the improved system response.

The Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) can handle a variety of tasks without the need for intervention from the Central Processing Unit (CPU). With the use of CIPs like timers, simplified Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) output, CLCs, Analog to Digital Converter with Computation (ADCC), multiple serial communications and more, the PIC18-Q43 family makes it easy for the developers to customize their specific design configuration.

The CLC provides programmable logic that operates outside the speed limitations of software execution, providing customers with the ability to tailor such things as waveform generation, timing measurements and more. The CLC acts as the “glue” logic to connect on-chip peripherals for hardware customization with unprecedented ease. Its core-independent communication interfaces, including UART, SPI, and I2C offer flexible, easy-to-use building blocks for developers looking to create a customized device, while the addition of multiple DMA channels and interrupt management accelerate real-time control with simplified software loops.

The Microchip’s comprehensive easy to use development tool suite allows the users to generate application core quickly and easily and also allows them to customize combinations of CIPs in a graphical user interface (GUI) environment. The family operates up to 5V which increases noise immunity and enables customers to interface to a wide range of sensors.

PIC18-Q43 family is Ideal for a variety of real-time controls and connected applications, including home appliances, security systems, motor, and industrial control, lighting and Internet of Things (IoT), they help in reducing board space, Bill of Materials (BOM), overall costs and time to market. For more information about the PIC18-Q43 family, visit the official website of Microchip Technologies.

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