MCUs Drive Software To Hardware Fast

By Mat Dirjish

Microchip says its PIC18-Q43 family of microcontrollers (MCUs) moves software tasks to hardware to enable faster system response. The MCUs combine core-independent peripherals (CIPs) and a comprehensive development tool ecosystem, providing users with versatility and simplicity when creating custom hardware-based functions. For the record, the company states “CIPs are peripherals designed with additional capabilities to handle a variety of tasks without the need for intervention from the central processing unit (CPU).”

Configurable peripherals connect logically to enable near zero latency sharing of data, logic inputs, or analog signals without additional code. This makes the devices viable and desirable for use in real-time control and connected applications, i.e., home appliances, security systems, motor and industrial control, lighting, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Other features include UART, SPI, and I2C interfaces, multiple DMA channels, and interrupt management. Additionally, the family operates with 5V, which reportedly increases noise immunity and enables interfacing to a wide range of sensors.

Support for the PIC18-Q43 family is via Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE and MPLAB Xpress IDE development environments, plus MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC). PIC18-Q43 MCUs are in volume production and sampling in a variety of packages. Volume pricing begins at $0.64 each. For more details, checkout the PIC18-Q43 Product Family.

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