8-Bit New Range of PIC and AVR Microcontrollers from Microchip

Microchip Technology has announces the release of microcontrollers including five new product families and over 60 new individual devices that offer embedded designers simple solutions to their most common problems.

Designers who are trying to create innovative designs are turning to Microchip’s new product families of PIC and AVR MCUs micocontrollers because of their processing power, ability to easily communicate with other chips, and analog peripherals that have been built to be exceptionally configurable without having to make changes to the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). These devices combine ASIC-like capabilities with a simple development experience that extends traditional MCU capabilities and allows them to be configured as smart peripheral chips. Smart peripherals, like the software-controlled op amp found on the PIC16F171 family, the Multi-Voltage I/O (MVIO) and Analog-to-Digital Converter with Computation (ADCC) add value to applications that otherwise would not use traditional MCUs.

As the market for 8-bit PIC and AVR MCU microcontrollers continues to grow, Microchip remains responsive to its customers’ long-term needs by adhering to strong fundamentals in their product portfolio and support structure. PIC and AVR MCUs are incredibly easy to design with and their support network enables Microchip’s customers to accelerate their time to revenue. The 8-bit MCU portfolio is pin-to-pin compatible, which allows an alternate PIC or AVR MCU to be selected when more performance is needed or when a customer wants to maximize product availability while minimizing redesign requirements.

“PIC and AVR microcontrollers are incredibly popular because they are designed to meet our clients’ requirements for current, as well as future, applications,” said Greg Robinson, vice president of marketing for Microchip’s MCU8 business unit. “We have also built a robust supply chain for 8-bit PIC and AVR MCUs­, the vast majority of which are manufactured in Microchip-owned facilities. This allows us to control the production process in ways that are not common in the industry.”

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