DSCs and MCUs Bring 70 MIPS Performance and Cap Touch to Cost-Sensitive Designs
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the expansion of its enhanced core 16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and microcontroller (MCU) families  to include on-chip op amps and Microchip’s Charge Time Measurement Unit peripheral (CTMU), enabling advanced features in user-interface, intelligent-sensing, general-purpose and motor-control  applications at a low cost. The new devices are pin compatible with existing 16-bit  dsPIC33 and PIC24 products for easy migration, and are available in multiple package options, including the new, ultra small 5 mm x 5 mm 36-pin VTLA package.
With 70 MIPS of DSP performance and a 6-channel Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) peripheral, the dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” devices provide advanced motor control and high-speed application execution. This results in more efficient, smaller and lower-cost designs, as a single DSC or MCU can be used to control the entire system. The on-chip op amps can be used in a variety of sensing applications where signal conditioning is needed, and reduce the need for external components, helping to reduce overall design cost and size. The CTMU peripheral, used in mTouch™  capacitive touch-sensing, simplifies the addition of innovative and reliable user interfaces, including keypads, buttons and sliders.
“Our new dsPIC33 and PIC24 ‘E’ devices provide high performance and innovative features at a lower cost than previously possible,” said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s High-Performance Microcontroller Division. “These new dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” devices are among the most capable and cost-effective controllers on the market.”
The dsPIC33EP64MC504  (part # MA330028 , $25] and PIC24EP64MC204  Motor-Control Plug-In Modules (part # MA240028 , $25) for Microchip’s dsPICDEM™ Low Voltage  (part #DM330021 , $150.00), and High Voltage Motor Control Development Kits  (part # DM330023 , $650.00), are available today. All of these tools can be purchased at microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchip.com/get/7WF0 ).
The dsPIC33EP64MC50X DSC is available in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, SSOP and QFN packages. The dsPIC33EP64MC20X DSC is available in 44-pin VTLA, TQFP and QFN packages. The PIC24EP64MC20X MCU is available in 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages. Pricing starts at $1.58 each, in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples  of these devices are available today, at http://www.microchip.com/get/B1GP  . Volume-production quantities of these devices can be purchased today, at http://www.microchip.com/get/7WF0 .
The dsPIC33EP64GP50X DSC and PIC24EP64GP20X MCU are available for limited sampling in a 36-pin VTLA package, today. Pricing for these devices will also start at $2.34 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.
For further information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site athttp://www.microchip.com/get/N8VX .