Microchip announces a 25% performance boost on its 32-bit PIC32MX1/MX2 microcontrollers (MCUs). By increasing their speed to 50 MHz or 83 DMIPS, Microchip is taking the PIC32 MX1/MX2 MCUs’ performance to a new level, supported by feature-packed peripherals and 4-channel DMA. The PIC32MX1/MX2 series includes Microchip’s smallest 32-bit MCU, with sizes down to 5 mm x 5 mm and a 0.5 mm pitch, as well as the lowest-cost PIC32 MCUs. These devices include up to 128K Flash and 32K RAM, and integrate peripherals for touch-sensing, audio-processing and advanced control applications. The integrated peripherals include a hardware module for adding mTouch™ capacitive-touch buttons or advanced sensors; an 8-bit Parallel Master Port (PMP) interface for graphics or external memory; a 10-bit 1 Msps 13-channel Analogue-to-Digital Converter (ADC) and serial communications peripherals. The MX2 series also adds USB On-the-Go (OTG) capabilities.
The PIC32MX1 and MX2 MCUs are designed for low-cost applications in the consumer and automotive markets, such as consumer music-player docks, noise-cancelling headsets, clock radios, and entertainment system sound bars, as well as touch screens with buttons and sliders, graphic displays and USB device/host applications. In the medical and industrial markets, applications include industrial-grade noise-cancelling headsets in addition to medical and industrial displays with touch-sensing capabilities. The PIC32MX1and PIC32MX2 MCUs are available now in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP and SSOP packages, in addition to a 36-pin VTLA package and 44-pin QFN, TQFP and VTLA packages.