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Date: 27-03-13

PIC24F “KM” MCUs from Microchip feature configurable logic cell

Microchip Technology has added low cost PIC24F “KM” family of 16 bit PIC microcontroller ICs with up to 16 KB Flash, 2 KB RAM and 512B EEPROM for automotive, consumer, medical and industrial applications.

The PIC24F “KM” family offers analog functions such as 12-bit ADC with threshold detection, 8-bit DACs for analog control loops and precision comparator references, and op amps to assist in sensor amplifications. The PIC24 “KM” MCUs have new Multiple-output Capture Compare PWM Module (MCCP) and Single-output Capture Compare PWM Module (SCCP) peripherals, which include integrated timers and advanced PWM control to enable motor-control, power-supply and lighting applications. The MCCP and SCCP modules combine timers, input captures, output compare and PWM functions in a single time base for optimal flexibility. These modules include 16/32-bit timer support, and can operate from a high-speed clock for higher resolution due to their ability to operate asynchronously. They also allow for automatic operations during sleep mode, to optimize power consumption.

Special function offered in this PIC24 family is Configurable Logic Cell (CLC) feature for creating custom real-time logic functions on-chip and is supported by the CLC configuration tool, which helps in coding the circuit graphically instead of in assembly or C.

“KM” family includes support for both 3V and 5V applications. The products such as flow meters, smoke detectors, stepper and BLDC motors, LED dimming, battery charging, environmental sensors and portable disposable medical products can be designed using these MCUs.

“Microchip continues to innovate with new flexible peripherals, to help designers simplify their board designs and minimize system-level costs,” said Joe Thomsen, director of Microchip’s MCU16 Product Division. “The new PWM modules, CLC and highly-integrated analog signal chain on the KM family help a wide variety of applications.”

For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/HCDM.

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