Microchip Technology has officially unveiled a whole new range of PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The latest PIC32MK Family consists of 4 highly integrated MCUs for precision dual Motor Control applications (PIC32MK MC) and 8 MCUs carrying serial communication modules for General Purpose applications (PIC32MK GP).
All the MC and GP devices are packed with a 120 MHz 32-bit core supporting Digital Signal Processor (DSP) instructions. In addition, a double-precision floating point unit is integrated into the MCU core allowing customers to utilize floating-point based modeling and simulation tools for code development.
In order to increase efficiency and reduce the number of discrete devices needed for motor control applications, the high-performance PIC32MK MC devices combine 32-bit processing with advanced analog peripherals. For instance, quad 10 MHz op amp, high-speed comparators and motor-control optimized Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) modules.
Microchip Technology’s Latest Range of PIC32 Microcontrollers (Image Courtesy: Microchip Technology)
Besides, the devices also have Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) modules capable of total throughput of 25.45, Mega-Samples Per Second (MSPS) in 12-bit mode or 33.79 MSPS in 8-bit mode, thereby enabling higher precision in motor control applications. These devices feature 1 MP Live Update Flash, 4KB of EEPROM and 256 KB SRAM.
The PIC32MK devices have up to four independent CAN 2.0 ports as well as six Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) modules, Local Interconnect Network (LIN) 1.2 and six Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) or Inter-IC Sound (I2S) modules. Moreover, two complete full-speed USB modules are included on select devices enabling simultaneous USB host and USB device to be active at the same time.
A single MCU can be used to communicate to multiple bus protocols for reduced design complexity and cost, making PIC32MK devices ideal for dual-USB applications such as digital audio or CAN-based implementations in the automotive and industrial markets.
The PIC32MK family is supported by Microchip’s MPLAB® Harmony Integrated Software Framework, MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and MPLAB XC32 Compiler for PIC32, MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulation system.
Some of the additional tools include:
• PIC32MK GP Connectivity Developers Kit, part number DM320106, for $120.00
• PIC32MK Motor Control Plug-In Module (PIM), microchipDIRECT part number MA320024 ($25.00) compatible with dsPICDEM MCLV-
2 Low Voltage Motor Control Kit part number DM330021-2 ($199.99).
Pricing and Availability
PIC32MK devices are offered with up to 1 MB Flash and 256 KB SRAM in 64- and 100-pin TQFP and QFN packaging options. All devices are available at the starting price of $4.50 in 10K quantities.
About Microchip Technology
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