MCU family moves software tasks to hardware for faster system response

13-02-2020 | Microchip Technology | Semiconductors

In MCU-based system design, the software is often the bottleneck for both time to market and system performance. By offloading multiple software tasks to hardware, Microchip Technology next-generation PIC18-Q43 family assists developers in bringing higher performing solutions to market faster.

The family’s combination of peripherals provides users with greater versatility and simplicity when creating custom hardware-based functions with easy to use development tools. Configurable peripherals are smartly interconnected to allow near-zero latency sharing of data, logic inputs or analog signals without extra code for enhanced system response. Excellent for various real-time control and connected applications, incorporating home appliances, security systems, motor and industrial control, lighting and IoT, the PIC18-Q43 family helps reduce board space, BoM, overall costs and time to market.

With the company's comprehensive development tool suite, users can quickly and easily generate application code and customise combinations of CIPs in a GUI environment. Furthermore, the family runs up to 5V which enhances noise immunity and allows customers to interface to an extensive range of sensors.

“The PIC18-Q43 family offers CIPs that enable many functions and even whole control loops to be realised in customisable on-chip hardware,” said Greg Robinson, associate vice president of marketing for Microchip’s eight-bit microcontroller business unit. “With the combination of flexible CIPs and high analog integration, users will significantly reduce development time and improve system performance by automating waveform control, timing and measurement operations and logic functions.”

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