Microchip 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.