September 19, 2007 -- Microchip Technology, Inc. has announced the first eight members of the PIC18F high-performance 8-bit microcontroller family to take advantage of Microchip's latest process technology. This new family of microcontrollers sets a new benchmark for lower power consumption, low cost and high-performance operation. To control power consumption, the new 28-, 40- and 44-pin microcontrollers provide nanoWatt Technology features that include power-managed modes, an operating voltage range of 1.8V to 3.6V and efficient on-chip peripherals. Additionally, speeds of 16MIPS (64MHz) can be achieved at 3-V operation from the internal oscillator, offering high performance while maintaining low power consumption. All of these features make the PIC18F4XK20/2XK20 family ideally suited for general-purpose control, and a broad range of battery-operated or low-power applications.
Enhanced on-chip peripherals available with the PIC18F4XK20/2XK20 family include a software-selectable, precision 16-MHz internal oscillator with phase lock loop (PLL); a master synchronous serial port (I2C/SPI) module with address masking; a four-channel, 10-bit enhanced capture/compare pulse-width modulation module with PWM steering capability; up to 14 10-bit analog-to-digital conversion channels with a 1.2V fixed voltage reference; and dual rail-to-rail comparators. Other key features include:
- Up to 64kBytes of Flash program memory
- Up to 3,936Bytes of RAM
- Up to 1,024Bytes of data EEPROM memory
- Programmable brown-out reset, with a software-enable option
- Extended watchdog timer
- Enhanced low-power Timer 1
- EUSART with LIN compatibility
- Two-speed oscillator start-up
To reduce time-to-market, all eight members of the PIC18F4XK20/2XK20 microcontroller family are supported by Microchip's standard, high-performance development systems, including: the free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with Visual Device Initializer, the MPLAB C18 C Compiler, the MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger, and the $49.99 PICkit 2 Debug Express.
With prices starting at $1.56 each in 10,000-unit quantities, the eight-member PIC18F4XK20/2XK20 family is offered in the following package options: 28-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN, 40-pin PDIP, and 44-pin TQFP and QFN. Availability is as follows:
PIC18F45K20, PIC18F25K20, PIC18F44K20, PIC18F24K20: now sampling and volume production is expected in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007
PIC18F46K20, PIC18F26K20: now sampling
PIC18F43K20, PIC18F23K20: sampling is expected in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007
Go to the Microchip Technology, Inc. website to find additional information.