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New Microchip PIC24 16-Bit Microcontroller with 40MIPS Performance

By Bill Giovino, Executive Editor
Oct 10, 2005 - 11:43:00 AM

Microchip's new PIC24 Family Offers up to 40MIPS performance with development tool and code compatibility with the Microchip product line
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CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 10, 2005 [NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., today announced their first true 16-bit microcontroller family, the PIC24.

Built using Microchip's 0.25µ technology, the new Microchip PIC24 boasts a 16-bit ALU, a 23-bit address bus, a non-intrusive DMA (no cycle stealing), and up to 40MHz internal clock.

There are 22 initial products in the PIC24 16-bit microcontroller family with up to 40 MIPS performance, 16 Kbytes of RAM and up to 256 Kbytes of Flash memory, in up to 100-pin packages.

Interrupt latency is only 4 instruction cycles. Single-cycle bit manipulation is supported.

New Microchip PIC24 16-Bit Microcontroller with 40MIPS Performance
The Microchip PIC24 maintains total compatibility with Microchip’s universal MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) development-tool platform, as well as software compatibility with all PIC and dsPIC® products.

The PIC24 Family consists of two groups of products, the 16MHz PIC24F and the 40MIPS PIC24H (H = High performance, it still has flash).

The PIC24 offers increased performance over Microchip's 8-bit product line while maintaining interrupt flexibility, deterministic code execution, easy I/O manipulation, C code efficiency and system integrity.

"Meeting the design challenges that customers face is the primary objective of the PIC24 family," said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. "Just as we have in the 8-bit microcontroller arena, we plan to rapidly expand the 16-bit PIC24 family to meet our customers’ ever-growing needs."

"Today, we’re announcing over 20 PIC24 family members plus nearly 30 dsPIC33 products in our dsPIC digital signal controller family," Obolsky added.

As with all Microchip microcontroller families, the PIC24 is designed to meet a wide range of design engineering needs across a broad spectrum of industries. Specific application examples include : consumer (security system control panel, handheld remote control); communications (optical network components); instrumentation/measurement (hand-held and remote terminals, POS terminals, medical instruments and monitoring); industrial (factory automation systems, building monitor-and-control systems, security/access systems, office automation).


Product Pins Flash Kbytes RAM Kbytes CAN
PIC24F Family 16MHz 5 timers, 5 CAP, RTC, PWM, 10-bit A/D, 2 comp, 2 UART, 2 SPI, 2 I2C
PIC24FJ64GA006 64 64 8 0
PIC24FJ64GA008 80 64 8 0
PIC24FJ64GA010 100 64 8 0
PIC24FJ96GA006 64 96 8 0
PIC24FJ96GA008 80 96 8 0
PIC24FJ96GA010 100 96 8 0
PIC24FJ128GA006 64 128 8 0
PIC24FJ128GA008 80 128 8 0
PIC24FJ128GA010 100 128 8 0
PIC24H Family 40MHz 8-ch DMA, 9 timers, 8 PWM, 2 UART, 2 SPI, 2 I2C 12-bit A/D
PIC24HJ64GP206 64 64 8 0
PIC24HJ64GP210 100 64 8 0
PIC24HJ64GP506 64 64 8 1
PIC24HJ64GP510 100 64 8 1
PIC24HJ128GP206 64 128 8 0
PIC24HJ128GP210 100 128 8 0
PIC24HJ128GP506 64 128 8 1
PIC24HJ128GP510 100 128 8 1
PIC24HJ128GP306 64 128 16 0
PIC24HJ128GP310 100 128 16 0
PIC24HJ256GP206 64 256 16 0
PIC24HJ256GP210 100 256 16 0
2 A/D modules
100 256 16 2

"We've used the PIC18 8-bit family in many of our designs. For our new platform, we needed larger program memory and RAM as well as a performance increase. The PIC24 meets these needs and, most importantly, provides a roadmap as our application requirements grow," said Brad Scoggins, president of Austin Manufacturing Services. "Plus, because Microchip’s 8- and 16-bit microcontroller families are both compatible with their MPLAB development tools, we incurred no additional cost or learning curve."

Additional key features include:

  • PIC24F: 16 MIPS, cost effective
  • PIC24H: 40 MIPS, highest performance
  • 64 – 256 Kbytes of Flash program memory
  • 8-16 Kbytes of RAM
  • Real Time Clock Calendar (RTCC)
  • Two ports each of UART, SPI, and I2C
  • Up to two CAN ports
  • Analog to Digital Converter:
    PIC24F: 16-channel, 10-bit 500ksps
    PIC24H: 2 independent A/D modules each 16-channel, 12-bit, 500ksps
  • Non-intrusive DMA on PIC24H
  • 64 to 100 pin package options
  • Microchip PIC programmer interface
  • JTAG

Microchip PIC Programmer Tools Support and Availability
In addition to being supported by the MPLAB IDE, the Microchip PIC24 family is supported by the MPLAB C30 C compiler, an emulator and the MPLAB PM3 universal Microchip PIC programmer. The Explorer 16 Development board supports all 16-bit PIC24 microcontrollers and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers. The Explorer 16 (part # DM240001) is expected to be available in November for $129.99. Finally, third-party support for the PIC24 family is planned for calendar Q4 2005, including Hi Tech’s C compiler, and a programmer from DATA I/O.

The MPLAB PM3 supports the universal Microchip PIC programmer interface found on the PIC embedded microcontroller.

Selected members of the new PIC24F family are available today for early-adopter sampling. General sampling for all 22 of the PIC24F and PIC24H microcontrollers is expected to begin in calendar Q1 2006, and volume production is planned to start in calendar Q2 2006. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor.

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, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.


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