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High Performance 8-bit Microcontrollers Offer 5 V Operation

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 6:41am

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High Performance 8-bit Microcontrollers Offer 5 V OperationMicrochip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, offers the industry’s broadest line of low-power, high-performance 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC18F “K22” MCUs provide features such as operation from 1.8 to 5.5 V, numerous communication channels, 8 to 128 KB Flash memory, and peripherals for mTouch capacitive touch-sensing applications. Other features include a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), multiple PWMs, and additional timers. All of the new MCUs feature nanoWatt XLP technology for eXtreme low power operation, with industry-leading sleep currents down to 20 nA. Additionally, the MCUs provide a greater than 50% improvement in active current, over previous generations.

The feature set of the PIC18F “K22” MCUs allows this family to be used in a wide variety of applications. The 5 V capability of the family is ideal for applications that typically require robust operation or noise immunity. Battery-powered applications benefit from nanoWatt XLP technology, which reduces current draw and therefore extends battery life.

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