Microchip Shrinks PIC Microcontrollers into 2×3 DFN Packages

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced that all members of its 6-pin PIC10F microcontroller family are now available in ultra-small 2 mm x 3 mm Dual Flat No-lead (DFN) packages for space-constrained applications. Additionally, three members of Microchip’s 8-pin Baseline PIC(R) microcontroller family are also available in a 2×3 DFN, providing additional I/O and functionality with the same footprint. These additions bring programmability and versatility to a wide range of low-cost, non-traditional applications for digital intelligence.

“Since being introduced as the world’s first 6-pin microcontroller family over two years ago, the PIC10F family has seen tremendous market acceptance among both traditional and non-traditional microcontroller users,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. “By making the PIC10F and our Baseline families available in even smaller packages, we are continuing to open the door for innovation where space is limited and where electronic intelligence was not previously employed.”

This 2×3 DFN packaging requires 30 percent less board space than the current SOT-23 and provides designers with a reduced height, which is often critical in handheld electronics. Additionally, these families provide ease of use and quick development via a simple and easy-to-learn instruction set, and inexpensive and simple tools. Key features of the 6-pin PIC10F200/202/204/206/220/222 and 8-pin PIC12F508/509/510 microcontrollers include:

  • Available 8-bit analog-to-digital converter
  • Available comparator(s)
  • Precision internal oscillator operating at up to 8 MHz
  • 1.125 ms Device Reset Timer (DRT)
  • 256 to 1K instructions (x12-bit program words) of Flash program memory
  • 16 bytes to 41 bytes of data RAM
  • 25 mA source/sink current IO
  • Low-power (100 nA) sleep current
  • Wide operating voltage range from 2- to 5.5-volts
  • One 8-bit timer, and one watchdog timer
  • In Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP) technology for programming after placement on a board
  • Power-on reset, and power-saving sleep mode

The PIC10F and Baseline PIC microcontrollers are well suited for any spaced-constrained application requiring integrated intelligence. Handheld devices, such as MP3 players and cell phones, are good examples of applications where these microcontrollers often perform peripheral functions such as flashing an LED, power on/off control or battery authentication.

Development Tools
The PIC10F and Baseline PIC microcontroller families are supported by Microchip’s world-class development tools, including the free MPLAB(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) software and all of Microchip’s programmers. Additionally, the PICkit(TM) 2 Starter Kit (DV164120) makes it easy to get started with Microchip’s low pin count microcontrollers for only $49.99.

Availability and Pricing
In RoHS-compliant 2×3 DFN packages, the PIC10F and Baseline PIC microcontrollers are available now for general sampling. Volume production is available now for all six members of the PIC10F family, starting at $0.44 each in 10,000-unit quantities, while the Baseline PIC12F508/12F509/12F510 microcontrollers in 2×3 DFN are expected to be available for volume orders in the fourth quarter of 2006. For more information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor.

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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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