Microchip has announced two eight-bit families that expand its growing portfolio of PIC MCUs with Core-Independent Peripherals (CIPs). Eight-bit MCUs can be used in a broader range of applications, due to the growing number of these intelligent, interconnected CIPs that combine to perform functions autonomously, without the core.
Because these functions are performed in hardware instead of software, CIPs enable system performance that is said to be far beyond typical eight-bit MCUs while simplifying the design and reducing memory cost.
The four members of the PIC16F1579 family are offered in 14 to 20-pin packages with up to 280KByte of Flash and feature CIPs that enable functions in applications such as LED lighting and motor control.
The 10 members of the PIC16F18877 family are available in 8 to 40-pin packages with up to 56KByte of Flash and feature CIPs for applications, such as consumer electronics, IoT and safety-critical systems.
Both families have an operating range of 1.8 to 5.5V, as well as featuring the Peripheral Pin Select feature, which enables flexible pin mapping and PCB routing to minimise EMI and crosstalk.