Microchip brings integrated op amps to low-cost 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers

MC1147 - PIC16F527-570hiMicrochip announces two new 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers, the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570, which combine the ease-of-use of a PIC MCU with low-cost analogue peripherals to create a well-integrated, cost-effective family suitable for a wide range of applications.  With an on-chip dual Op Amp module,

8-bit ADC and two comparators, these MCUs are ideal for systems that require signal conditioning and amplification to interpret analogue inputs.

The PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 employ a small and highly efficient 8-bit architecture, and add several features to support ease of use and system robustness.  The all-new hardware interrupt capability gives designers the freedom to implement more complex functions without adding software overhead, while an integrated Brown-Out Reset (BOR) can detect faults in system power and safely reset the MCU to avoid memory corruption.  The two MCUs also feature self-read/write programme Flash memory, which allows for high-use data EEPROM functionality.  These key features, in addition to the integration of commonly used analogue peripherals, make the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 well suited to a number of low-cost sensor products, such as smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide detectors, photo sensors and automotive sensor-interface modules.

The PIC16F527 MCU is offered in 20-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages and is available today for sampling and volume production.  The PIC16F570 is offered in 28-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages and is expected to be available in June for sampling and volume production.

Microchip’s full suite of development tools supports the PIC16F MCUs, including the PICkit Low Pin Count Demo Board (DM164130-9) priced at $25.99; PICDEM Lab Development Kit with PICkit 3 (DM163045) at $134.99; PICDEM Mechatronics (DM163029) at $149.99; PICkit 3 Starter Kit (DV164130) at $59.99; MPLAB® ICD 3 Evaluation Kit (DV164036) at $229.99; and the MPLAB XC8 Compiler for 8-bit PIC MCUs.

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