New Microchip’s Microcontroller Families with Core Independent Peripherals and Intelligent Analog Are Coming

By on May 6, 2018
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Microchip announced in February two new microcontroller families with “Core Independent Peripherals and Intelligent Analog”: respectively PIC16F18446 family of microcontrollers, and ATmega4809 megaAVR microcontrollers, with the latter to be integrated in the next generation of Arduino boards.

“The ATmega4809 has been selected to be the on-board microcontroller of a next-generation Arduino board. The addition of the ATmega4809 to this board allows developers to spend less time coding and more time creating. The hardware-based CIPs enable the creation of designs which are more efficient while making the transition from project to production-ready easier than ever before.”

The MCU family is supported by MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface to configure peripherals and part of MPLAB X IDE and the cloud-based MPLAB Xpress IDE.

“The new PIC16F18446 microcontrollers are compatible with MPLAB PICkit™ 4 (PG164140), Microchip’s latest in-circuit tool for low-cost programming and debugging. The Curiosity development board (DM164137), a feature-rich rapid prototyping board, can also be used to start development with these MCUs. Both development tools are supported by the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the cloud-based MPLAB Xpress IDE. Additionally, MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a free software plug-in, provides a graphical interface to configure peripherals and functions for any application. Designers wanting to begin development immediately can download rapid-start code examples and order a complimentary MPLAB Xpress PIC16F18446 development board, available for a limited time.”

The MPLAB Xpress PIC16F18446 evaluation board’s specifications are the following:

  • MCU – Microchip PIC16F18446 microcontroller with 2KB SRAM, 28KB flash memory
  • Expansion – 26-pin with GPIOs, I2C, UART, SPI, analog inputs, analog outputs,  debug interfaces, VCC and GND
  • Misc – Yellow user LED,  user button
  • nEDBG embedded debugger – Programming, Virtual COM port (CDC), and green board status LED.
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port

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