- New devices have more memory and specialised peripherals for motor-control and general-purpose applications
- On-chip op amps and Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) for temperature sensing or mTouch™ capacitive touch sensing
- Pin- and feature-compatible devices allow migration from 32-256 KB of Flash memory
- Code-compatible with existing dsPIC33F DSCs for migration from 40 to 70 MIPS
Microchip announces new additions to the 70 MIPS dsPIC33E and PIC24E product families which build on Microchip’s motor-control and general-purpose device families which include integrated op amps and a Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) for temperature sensing or mTouch™ capacitive touch sensing. The new Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and microcontrollers feature 70 MIPS of performance for motor control, sensing, actuators and other embedded applications. The families include pin- and feature-compatible devices ranging from 32-256 KB of Flash memory, enabling designers to easily migrate within the family. These devices are also code compatible with Microchip’s existing dsPIC33F products, providing a migration path from 40 to 70 MIPS.
The new dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices enable motor-control designers to reduce the cost of high-performance motor-control systems with cost-effective 70 MIPS devices that feature innovative technology. New on-chip peripherals, such as integrated op amps, reduce board space and the need for external components. These op amps can be used in a variety of sensing applications where signal amplification is required. With a rich feature set and low cost, the dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices can be used in sensor, communications, automotive, industrial and emerging applications.
Microchip’s extensive suite of easy-to-use development tools is compatible with the dsPIC33E and PIC24E devices. For motor control, the low-voltage dsPICDEM™ MCLV-2 Development Board (DM330021-2) priced at $199, and the high-voltage dsPICDEM MCHV-2 Development System (DM330023-2) priced at $699, are available immediately to provide designers with motor-control development systems that enable customers to take full advantage of the internal op amps.
Both motor-control development boards use Plug-In Module (PIM) daughter cards which can be easily interchanged to support different configurations, with or without integrated op amps. Microchip offers two motor-control PIMs to support these development boards: the dsPIC33EP256MC506 External Op Amp Motor Control PIM (MA330031-2), and the dsPIC33EP256MC506 Internal Op Amp Motor Control PIM (MA330031), priced at $25 each and with immediate availability.
For customers developing applications other than motor control, Microchip offers the dsPIC33EP256GP506 General Purpose PIM (MA330030) which is also priced at $25 and is designed to work with Microchip’s modular Explorer 16 Development Platform.
The dsPIC33E and dsPIC24E devices are available today for sampling and volume production. Both families are offered in a wide variety of packages, including 28-pin QFN, SSOP, SPDIP, and SOIC;
36-pin VTLA; 44-pin TQFP, VTLA and QFN; and 64-pin TQFP and QFN.