Microcontroller family protects against accidental over-write

Introduced as the launching point into the 8bit PIC microcontroller portfolio, Microchip announces the PIC16F15386 family. The family is suitable for a general purpose and low-power applications.

They offer the company’s current Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs), and also include a high-accuracy 32MHz internal oscillator and memory features such as Memory Access Partition (MAP) with bootloader-friendly write-protection to prevent accidental over-write. There is also Device Information Area (DIA) to protect unique device identification and calibration values. 

The scalable family offers up to 28kbyte flash and 2kbyte RAM in eight- to 48pin package options. It is the first 8bit PIC MCU family to offer the 48pin package, says the company, adding more ADC channels and I/Os. CIP integration can be used to perform system functions, such as signal generation, motor control, safety monitoring, system communications, and human interface, outside the core while minimising power consumption. Idle and Doze modes, as well as Peripheral Module Disable power-management features enable engineers to optimise the balance between power consumption and performance.

There are 13 devices, offered in PDIP, SOIC, DFN, UDFN, UQFN and SSOPs.

For development, there is a MPLAB Xpress with MPLAB Code Configurator, to generate application code.

The family-specific Xpress series development board and the cloud-based MPLAB Xpress IDE are supported by two Curiosity boards (DM164136 and DM164137) and Microchip’s free software development platforms including MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) and MPLAB X IDE. The MCC is a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface to configure peripherals and functions specific to an application.  For a limited time, the company is also offering free Xpress series boards.



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