18-Pin MCUs operate on 1.8-5.5 V.

Press Release Summary:

Models PIC16(L)F1826 and PIC16(L)F1827 general-purpose 8-bit MCUs include mid-range core as well as mTouch(TM) capacitive touch-sensing module and dual I2C(TM)/SPI interface. Digital signal modulator enables designers to customize communication interfaces. With 14 instructions for simplified C programming, units feature internal oscillator up to 32 MHz, flash program memory up to 7 KB, data EEPROM of 256 bytes, and SRAM up to 384 bytes.

Original Press Release:

18-pin PIC® Microcontrollers Feature Microchip's Enhanced Mid-Range Core, Industry-Leading eXtreme Low Power Consumption

CHANDLER, Ariz. [NASDAQ: MCHP] - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the PIC16(L)F1826 and PIC16(L)F1827 [PIC16(L)F1826/7] general-purpose 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs)-the latest PIC® MCUs to feature the Company's Enhanced Mid-range core. The first extension of this core into the 18-pin range, the PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs provide an advanced peripheral set that includes an mTouch(TM) capacitive touch-sensing module and dual I2C(TM)/SPI interfaces, along with "LF" versions featuring industry-leading low power consumption via Microchip's nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low-Power technology. The MCUs' increased speed, ease-of-use and low cost provide an excellent pin-compatible migration path for legacy 18-pin PIC MCUs still used in many designs, today.

In a May 2009 IEEE Spectrum article, the PIC16C84 was recognized as one of the "25 Microchips That Shook the World."* The PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs are a natural extension of this enduring legacy. With Microchip's Enhanced Mid-range architecture, the MCUs provide a 50% increase in performance and 14 new instructions that make programming with the C language more efficient, resulting in up to 40% better code efficiency over previous-generation 8-bit PIC MCUs. In addition to the mTouch capacitive touch-sensing module and dual I2C/SPI interfaces, peripheral enhancements include enhanced PWM functionality, and a Digital Signal Modulator that enables designers to customize communication interfaces, and combine many functions into a single MCU. nanoWatt XLP technology enables market-leading current consumption, improving overall energy efficiency and/or extending battery life in a broad range of applications.

"The PIC16(L)F1826/7 are a testament to Microchip's longevity and commitment to the continuous improvement of our product portfolio," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "The 32 MHz PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs are significantly faster than the 10 MHz PIC16C84 MCU introduced 16 years ago. Additionally, they have four times the memory space and consume an order of magnitude less current. They also maintain pin compatibility, for easy migration from all of our legacy 18-pin MCUs."

Example applications for the PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs include those in the consumer (e.g. laser printers, remote controls); industrial (e.g. "Green" lighting, embedded network gateways, traffic monitors, touch panels, metering); and automotive markets (e.g. LED Daytime Running Lights and tail lights).

Key Features
Feature PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs
Max. Frequency 32 MHz
Internal Oscillator 32 kHz/31.25 kHz to 32 MHz, Software Selectable
Program Memory Up to 7 KB Flash
Data EEPROM 256 Bytes
SRAM Up to 384 Bytes
Timers Up to 4 x 8-bit, 1 x 16-bit
Communication 2 x MI2C/SPI
Analog-to-Digital Converter 12 x 10-bit
Comparators 2 x with Rail-to-Rail Inputs
PWM Channels Up to 4
Operating Voltage 1.8 - 5.5V
Standby Current 0.030 µA @1.8V, Typical
Other Capabilities mTouch Capacitive Touch Sensing, Digital Signal Modulator

Development Tool Support

The PICkit(TM) 2 18-pin Demonstration Board (part # DM164120-4) provides a quick and easy way to evaluate and develop with the PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs. The board includes four LEDs, a potentiometer for an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), a pushbutton, a prototyping area, a 6-pin connector for the PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer (part # PG164130), as well as two bare boards for designers to use for their own project. The PICkit 2 18-pin Demonstration Board is priced at $23.99 and is expected to be updated with the PIC16F1827 MCU sample in Calendar Q1 2010.

Microchip's complete suite of standard development tools can be used with the PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs, including the user-friendly and free MPLAB® IDE, along with the selection of the HI-TECH C® compiler for PIC16 MCUs. The HI-TECH C Lite edition is a completely free, fully-functional compiler with no time limitations. For applications with limited program space, the Standard and PRO editions offer denser code and improved performance. Additionally, there is a variety of debugging hardware, from the popular PICkit 3 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer ($44.95), to the MPLAB ICD 3 ($219.99) In-Circuit Debugger, MPLAB PM3 Universal Device Programmer ($895), and MPLAB REAL ICE(TM) In-Circuit Emulator ($495.00). All of these tools can be purchased today at microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchip.com/get/40084701400463). More information on Microchip development tools is available at http://www.microchip.com/get/400847034375.

Device Packaging & Pricing

The PIC16(L)F1826/7 devices are both available in 18-pin PDIP and SOIC packages; a 20-pin SSOP package; and 28-pin 6 mm x 6 mm QFN and 4 mm x 4 mm µQFN packages. The PIC16(L)F1826 are priced at $0.92 each in 10,000-unit quantities, and the PIC16(L)F1827 at $0.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities, for all package options. Samples are available today, at www.microchip.com/get/400854761805556. Volume-production quantities can be ordered today, at microchipDIRECT (http://www.microchip.com/get/40084701400463). For further information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/400846900115741.

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://microchip.com/get/400847053240741.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, HI-TECH C, MPLAB, and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A., and other countries. mTouch, PICkit, and REAL ICE are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

*Source: IEEE Spectrum, "25 Microchips That Shook the World," by Brian R. Santo, pgs. 34 - 36, May 2009.

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