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MPLAB® Harmony supports all 32-bit PIC® MCUs

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced  the availability of MPLAB® Harmony Version 1.0. MPLAB Harmony is a flexible, abstracted, fully integrated firmware development platform for all 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs).  It takes key elements of modular and object-oriented design, adds in the flexibility to use a RTOS or work without one, and provides a framework of software modules that are easy to use, configurable for specific design requirements and that are purpose built to work together.  The new features in this release include the MPLAB Harmony Configurator for quick and easy driver and middleware settings management, a fully compatible, professional graphics library and many significant functional and performance improvements across many of the Harmony driver libraries.  Additional enhancements have been made to existing middleware such as IPv6 certification of the Microchip TCP/IP stack.

MPLAB Harmony supports all PIC32

MPLAB Harmony supports all PIC32

Q&A concerning Microchip’s MCP79XXX RTC chips

If your design contains Microchip’s MCP79XXX series RTC chips and you are running into troubles using them, this technical brief is intended to resolve several of the commonly-asked questions regarding developing stand-alone serial interface real-time clock/ calendar devices with MCP79XXX. Similarly, there’s also another application note from Microchip which provides detail assistance and guidance in using these  RTC devices.

RECOMMENDED CONNECTIONS FOR MCP794XX SERIES  DEVICES

RECOMMENDED CONNECTIONS FOR MCP794XX SERIES
DEVICES

Microchip releases PIC32 based Bluetooth development starter kit

Microchip introduces new PIC32 Bluetooth® Starter Kit to ease the development of Bluetooth enabled products such as thermostats, wireless gaming controllers, barcode scanners and diagnostic tools.

BLstarter

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the new PIC32 Bluetooth® Starter Kit.  The full-featured kit boasts a PIC32 microcontroller (MCU), HCI-based Bluetooth radio, Cree high-output multi-color LED, 3 standard single-color LEDs, an analog 3-axis accelerometer, analog temperature sensor and 5 push buttons for user-defined inputs.  Additionally, a PICkit™ On Board (PKOB) which eliminates the need for an external debugger/programmer, USB connectivity and GPIOs for rapid development of Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP), USB and general-purpose applications.  The starter kit also features a plug-in interface for an audio CODEC daughter card which is set to release at a later stage to support Bluetooth audio.

Microchip introduces the PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit microcontrollers

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced from EE Live! and the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose the PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), which combine a rich set of intelligent analog and core independent peripherals, along with cost-effective pricing and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology.  Available in 14-, 20-, 28-, and 40/44-pin packages, the 11-member PIC16F170X/171X family of MCUs integrates two Op Amps to drive analog control loops, sensor amplification and basic signal conditioning, while reducing system cost and board space.  These new devices also offer built-in Zero Cross Detect (ZCD) to simplify TRIAC control and minimize the EMI caused by switching transients.  Additionally, these are the first PIC16 MCUs with Peripheral Pin Select, a pin-mapping feature that gives designers the flexibility to designate the pinout of many peripheral functions.  The PIC16F170X/171X are general-purpose MCUs that are ideal for a broad range of applications, such as consumer (home appliances, power tools, electric razors), portable medical (blood-pressure meters, blood-glucose meters, pedometers), LED lighting, battery charging, power supplies and motor control.

PIC16F170X/171X family features

PIC16F170X/171X family features

Microchip introduces a new Power Monitoring IC With High-Accuracy Signal Acquisition

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced a new power monitoring IC, the MCP39F501.  This device is a highly integrated, single-phase power-monitoring IC designed for real-time measurement of AC power.  It includes two 24-bit delta-sigma ADCs, a 16-bit calculation engine, EEPROM and a flexible two-wire interface.  An integrated low-drift voltage reference in addition to 94.5 dB of SINAD performance on each measurement channel allows accurate designs with just 0.1 % error across a 4000:1 dynamic range.

 

Power monitoring chip

Power monitoring chip

 

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