Microchip Technology has launched a new series of its high-performance PIC32MZ family of 32-bit microcontrollers that features an integrated hardware floating point unit (FPU) for high performance and lower latency in intensive single and double-precision math applications. This new 48-member PIC32MZ EF series also offers a 12-bit, 18 MSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for a wide array of high-speed, wide-bandwidth applications. Additionally, the PIC32MZ EF supports an extensive DSP instruction set. This combination of DSP instructions, a double-precision FPU and a high-speed ADC improves code density, decreases latency and accelerates performance in process-intensive applications.
The PIC32MZ EF series is powered by Imagination’s MIPS M-Class core at 200MHz/330 DMIPS and 3.28 CoreMarks/MHz, along with dual-panel, live-update flash memory (up to 2 MB), large RAM (512 KB), and the widest selection of connectivity peripherals in the entire PIC32 portfolio, including a 10/100 Ethernet MAC, Hi-Speed USB MAC/PHY, and dual CAN ports.
The PIC32MZ EF, in the LCCG configuration, can support up to a WQVGA display without the added cost of external graphics controllers. An optional, full-featured hardware crypto engine is also available with a random number generator for high-throughput data encryption/decryption and authentication (e.g., AES, 3DES, SHA, MD5, and HMAC).
Accelerating product cycles and rapidly evolving customer demands are increasing time-to-market pressures on designers. Microchip’s MPLAB Harmony Integrated Software Framework provides a modular, easy-to-use GUI-based development ecosystem that helps ease integration and reduces testing and speed adaptation.
The new PIC32MZ EF series is also supported by Microchip’s free MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), within which Harmony operates, as well as the MPLAB XC32 Compilers. The MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger (part # DV164035, $199.95) and MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator System (part # DV244005, $499.98) are also available.
Four new PIC32MZ EF development tools are also available today. The complete, turn-key PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity with FPU EF Starter Kit ($119); the PIC32MZ Embedded connectivity with Floating Point Unit and Crypto Starter Kit ($119); the PIC32MZ2048EF PIM Explorer 16 Plug In Module ($25); and the PIC32MZ EF Audio 144-pin PIM for Bluetooth Audio Development Kit ($25).
The 48 members of the PIC32MZ EF series are available for sampling and volume production. The crypto engine is integrated into 16 of the PIC32MZ EF MCUs, and there are 12 MCUs with 512 KB of flash memory, 24 MCUs with 1 MB of flash memory, and 12 MCUs with 2 MB of flash memory. Pricing starts at $5.48 each in 10,000-unit quantities.
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