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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Microchip reduces power on PIC32 controllers

By Nick Flaherty
Microchip has developed a new family of eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology for its MIPS-based 32-bit microcontrollers.
The PIC32MX1/2 XLP family offers current PIC32MX customers an easy migration path to achieve higher performance at much lower power, enabling both increased functions and longer battery life in portable applications. A key advantage is the reduced power with little code rework for existing customers.
The XLP technology is designed for wireless sensor networks and other smart connected devices and offers low current operating modes for Run and Sleep, where extreme low-power applications spend 90 to 99 percent of their time. XLP enables Deep Sleep currents down to 673 nA, with 40 percent higher performance than the existing PCI32MX1/2 portfolio while reducing average run currents half.
The PIC32MX1/2 XLP family offers a range of memory configurations with 128/256 KB Flash and 32/64 KB of RAM in packages ranging from 28 to 44 pins. They also include a diverse set of peripherals at a low cost including I2S for digital audio, 116 DMIPS performance for executing audio and advanced control applications, a 10-bit, 1 Msps 13-channel ADC and serial communications peripherals. The PIC32MX2 series also supports USB Device, Host and OTG functionality.
As usual, the controllers are supported by Microchip’s MPLAB Harmony Software Development Framework, which simplifies development cycles by integrating the licence, resale and support of Microchip and third-party middleware, drivers, libraries and RTOSs. Specifically, Microchip’s readily available software packages such as Bluetooth audio development suites, audio equalizer filter libraries, decoders (including AAC, MP3, SBC), sample rate conversion libraries and USB stacks will rapidly reduce the development time of digital audio, consumer, industrial and general-purpose embedded control applications.
Development tool support for the PIC32MX1/2 XLP family includes the PIC32MX XLP Starter Kit (DM320105) for $100, the PIC32MX254F256 PIM for Explorer 16 (MA320021) for $25 and a PIC32MX274F256 PIM for Bluetooth Audio Development Kit (MA320022) for $45. All development tools are available today.

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