Microchip Technology recently expanded its Low Power PIC microcontroller portfolio. The new PIC24F GB6 family includes up to 1 MB of Flash memory with Error Correction Code (ECC) and 32 KB of RAM. The new 16-bit MCU in Microchip’s first to offer such a large memory size. Featuring dual-partition flash with Live Update capability, the devices can hold two independent software applications, permitting the simultaneous programming of one partition while executing application code from the other. This useful combination of features makes the PIC24F GB6 family ideal for a wide variety of applications (e.g., industrial, computer, medical/fitness, and portable applications).
Microcontrollers in the PIC24F GB6 family have active current consumption as low as 190 µA/MHz and 3.2 µA in Sleep mode. With the ability to perform over-the-air firmware updates, designers can provide a cost-effective, reliable and secure method for updating their applications. The robust peripheral set for these devices includes a 200 ksps, 24 channel, 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC).
The PIC24F GB6 family is supported by Microchip’s standard suite of development tools. The new PIC24FJ1024GB610 Plug-In Module (part # MA240023, $25) is available today for the Explorer 16 Development Board (part # DM240001, $129).
All eight members of the PIC24F GB6 microcontroller family are released for volume production, and are available within normal lead times. Pricing starts at $1.74 each, in high volumes. Product variants are available in 64-, 100-, and 121-pin packages, with flash memory ranging from 128 KB to 1 MB.
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