Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC24F “GB2” family. This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine, a Random Number Generator (RNG) and One-Time-Programmable (OTP) key storage for protecting data in embedded applications. The PIC24F “GB2” devices offer up to 128 KB Flash and 8 KB RAM in small 28- or 44-pin packages, for battery-operated or portable applications such as “Internet of Things” (IoT) sensor nodes, access control systems and door locks. With XLP technology, the “GB2” family achieves 180 µA/MHz Run currents and 18 nA Sleep currents, for very long battery life in portable applications. Several security features are integrated into the PIC24F “GB2” family, to protect embedded data, such as:
- A fully featured hardware crypto engine supporting the AES, DES and 3DES standards and which reduces software overhead, lowers power consumption and enables faster throughput.
- A Random Number Generator which creates random keys for data encryption, decryption and authentication
- One-Time-Programmable (OTP) key storage to preven the encryption key from being read or overwritten.
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