PIC24F04KA201 16-bit MCU Family Combines eXtreme Low Power 20 nA Sleep Currents and Small Packages at Less Than $.99 Each in High Volume

CHANDLER, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Microchip Technology Inc.(NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider ofmicrocontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the low-cost,low pin count PIC24F04KA201 family of 16-bit microcontrollers—the latestto feature nanoWatt XLP extreme low power technology. Starting at lessthan $.99 each in high volumes, the PIC24F04KA family makes it even morecost effective to take advantage of the world’s lowestsleep-current consumption microcontrollers, with typical sleepcurrents as low as 20 nA. This low power and lower cost, combined withsmall-footprint 14- and 20-pin package options, makes the PIC24F04KA201MCU family ideal for battery-powered applications, energy-harvestingapplications and other power-constrained applications that are also costand space constrained.

Today’s portable products need to operate longer with less power andmore functionality. The new PIC XLP microcontrollers contain featuresthat are ideally suited for applications such as remote sensors poweredby energy harvesting or sealed-battery applications, enabling them torun for up to 20 years from a single battery. Additionally, the lowerprice and smaller footprint of these new devices make them even easierto integrate into space-constrained products where low power and lowcost are of primary concern.

The key to the PIC24F04KA201 MCUs’ 20 nA sleep currents is Deep Sleepmode. By isolating power to various circuits during sleep, Deep Sleepmode reduces power consumption to a minimum. Additionally, Deep Sleepgives designers the flexibility to customize their applications for thelowest power consumption through multiple internal wake-up sources, suchas Brown-Out Resets, interrupts and Watch-dog Timers, all whilemaintaining the I/O states.

“Microchip is committed to providing the world’s lowest powerconsumption, with more than 50 PIC MCUs featuring nanoWatt XLPtechnology now in production,” said Mitch Obolsky, vice president ofMicrochip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. “ThePIC24F04KA201 16-bit family is the latest result of this commitment,offering the lowest cost and lowest pin count PIC24, while maintainingthe world’s lowest sleep currents.”

Example applications for the new PIC24F04KA microcontrollers include: Medical(portable and home medical devices, oxygen flow meters,lifestyle/fitness monitors); Industrial(energy harvesting/scavenging, water/gas/heat meters, portable gassensors, remote sensor networks, asset tracking, sealed/harshenvironment sensors); and Consumer(security-system dongles, sealed disposable electronics, portableelectronics, smart cards).

“The extremely low sleep current and numerous wake-up features ofMicrochip’s new PIC XLP microcontrollers should be ideal forbattery-operated devices, which actually spend most of the time asleep,”said Tom Starnes, embedded processor analyst at the semiconductorresearch firm Objective Analysis. “The interest in the market for suchlow-power processors, for use in consumer to industrial applications, isreally on the rise.”

In addition to being ideal for low-power and space-constrainedapplications, the PIC24F04KA201 MCU family has high C-code efficiencyand computational horsepower, which makes it well suited forapplications requiring advanced algorithms. Other key features include:

Development Tools

Owners of the Explorer16 development board can purchase a $25 PIC24F16KAplug-in module (part # MA240017), for development with this new16-bit family. All PIC XLP microcontrollers are supported by Microchip’sworld-class development tools, including the free MPLAB®IDE, the MPLABREAL ICE™ emulation system, the MPLABICD 3 in-circuit debugger, the PICkit™3 low-cost debugger/programmer and Microchip’s freeC compilers. These tools are available today at http://www.microchip.com/XLPTools.

Availability & Pricing

Both PIC24F04KA201 16-bit family members are available now for generalsampling and volume production, with prices starting at less than $.99each in high volume. The 14-pin package options for the PIC24F04KA200are: TSSOP and PDIP. The 20-pin package options for the PIC24F04KA201are: QFN, SSOP, SOIC and PDIP. For additional information, contact anyMicrochip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, orvisit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/XLP.