Microchip Technology Adds New Low-Cost 32-bit USB On-The-Go PIC32 Microcontroller; Brings Seven to Volume Production



PIC32 Family Grows to 12 Members; PIC32 USB Starter Board Now Available

CHANDLER, Ariz., April 15, 2008 [NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced that, with the addition of a new low-cost family member with integrated USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) functionality—and by bringing the first seven general-purpose members to volume production—the PIC32 family now provides customers with 12 options to solve their growing requirements for more performance, more memory and advanced USB OTG connectivity. Additionally, Microchip now offers 37 USB PIC® microcontrollers in 8-, 16- and 32-bit varieties, from a 28-pin PIC18 to a 100-pin, 80 MHz PIC32. While the PIC32 family brings more performance and memory to embedded designers, it maintains pin, peripheral and software compatibility with Microchip’s 16-bit microcontroller and DSC families. To further ease migration and protect tool investments, Microchip’s is the only complete portfolio of 8-, 16- and 32-bit devices to be supported by a single Integrated Development Environment—the free MPLAB® IDE.

Consumers’ desire for more engaging, easy-to-use and upgradable products is driving embedded designers to add the latest USB OTG capabilities. Some products, such as PCs, operate only in a host role, whereas others—for example, USB Flash drives—operate only as devices. Products with OTG functionality can operate in either role—even auto negotiating which will be the USB embedded host or device when encountering another OTG product. The PIC32 microcontrollers with integrated USB OTG provide designers with the flexibility to add all three modes of USB operation to their products. Additionally, all PIC32 USB OTG family members feature a USB OTG PHY, enabling even lower BOM costs and smaller PCB real estate.

“PIC MCUs have long been the 8-bit microcontroller of choice for embedded USB applications,” said Patrick Johnson, director of Microchip’s High Performance Microcontroller Division. “With the addition of a new low-cost member to our USB OTG PIC32 MCU family and the production release of our initial seven members, Microchip continues to extend its leadership in the general purpose embedded MCU market with the most complete portfolio of over 500 8-, 16-, and 32-bit MCUs and DSCs all supported under a single development environment.” Example Applications

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