Farnell stocks latest PIC and AVR and offers book draw

Farnell element14 now has stocks of the latest 8bit microcontrollers from Microchip 8-bit, including PIC and AVR devices. In addition, the distributor is offering customers the chance to win a copy of the book “This is (not) Rocket Science” when they make a purchase.

The book is a guide to Microchip’s most recent 8-bit core-independent peripherals and code tools including the MPLAB X development system.

Core-independent peripherals are features of the latest PIC18 microcontrollers, such as the PIC18(L)F65K40 and 66K40. The peripherals include a complementary waveform generator, windowed watchdog timer, cyclic redundancy check and memory scan unit, a zero-cross detection unit and peripheral pin-select module, as well as a 10-bit A/D converter with built-in compute functions.

The A/D converter supports programmable acquisition times, allowing for a channel to be selected and a conversion to be initiated without waiting for a sampling period, which helps to reduce code overhead. The computation features provide a digital filtering and threshold interrupt functions.

Joining the new PIC18 devices at Farnell are the ATmega3208, 3209, 4808 and 4809 microcontrollers. These devices provide a variety of intelligent hardware peripherals alongside the low-power architecture of the 8-bit AVR processor.

Farnell element 14 is also able to provide the PIC16(L)F15325/45 8-bit family of microcontrollers. These feature a range of analogue, core-independent and communication peripherals, combined with eXtreme Low-Power (XLP) functionality. XLP provides a number of alternate-run and idle modes that can be used by the developer to put the processor core into low-power modes whenever possible.

“The PIC and AVR MCU brands represent the two dominant architectures in the embedded design universe,” said Simon Meadmore, global head of semiconductors for Premier Farnell and Farnell element14. “With a strong history of innovation in 8-bit MCUs, Microchip’s extensive portfolio has the right product to provide effortless design support for any application.”

In addition, Farnell element14 is offing exclusive discounts on several 8-bit development tools, all featuring on-board programmer/debuggers, for a limited period.