Microchip’s new product families of PIC and AVR MCUs are intended to help designers offering increased processing power, an ability to easily communicate with other chips, and analogue peripherals that have been built to be 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.
PIC and AVR MCUs are easy to design with and their support network will enable Microchip’s customers to accelerate their time to market. 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 maximise product availability while minimising redesign requirements.