Microchip Announces PIC Microcontrollers for Intelligent Motor Control

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced the PIC18F1330 and PIC18F1230 8-bit microcontrollers for basic, open-loop and low-end closed-loop motor control that is not algorithmically intensive. Additionally, these new microcontrollers address motor control applications where cost and space are primary design concerns, via the combination of a specialized PWM peripheral with up to six channels and 10 MIPS performance at 40 MHz in packages as small as 18 pins.

Microchip PIC Microcontrollers for Intelligent Motor Control

Motor control is fast becoming a primary method for design engineers to reduce energy consumption and audible noise, while increasing the reliability and life of motors. The PIC18F1330 family of microcontrollers provides engineers with a complete, cost-effective system solution for simple motor control designs that have limited available space and strict budgetary requirements. At the same time, these new microcontrollers provide an upward migration path from the general-purpose PIC16F microcontroller families and migration to the PIC18F4431 family for more sophisticated motor control applications.

“There is a growing trend toward electronic motor control because of regulatory requirements for energy efficiency and demands for better reliability,” said Mitch Obolsky vice president of Microchip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. “The PIC18F1330 family of motor control microcontrollers provides engineers with a complete, cost-effective and reliable system solution for simple motor control designs.”

The PIC18F1330 family provides electronic motor control of 3-phase ACIM VF motors, Brushed DC motors, 3-phase BLDC motors and stepper motors. Specific motor control application examples include: Appliance (washers, dryers, refrigerators, vacuums); Commercial (low-end UPS, switch-mode power supplies, arena lighting, fiber-optic routing, power-bridge drivers, fuel pumps, DC-DC converters, smart fan controllers); Automotive (door and window lifts, mirrors, sunroofs, anti-pinch windows, garage-door openers, throttle control, smart fan controllers, windshield wipers, power seats).

Additional key features of the PIC18F1330 motor control family include:

  • Up to 8 Kbytes of Flash
  • 128 bytes EEPROM
  • 256 bytes RAM
  • 2x 16-bit timers
  • 3x 10-bit ADCs
  • 3 comparators
  • EUSART (LIN Interface)
  • 14-bit, 3-phase PWM module with:
    • Up to 3 channels of complimentary outputs
    • Edge or center-aligned operation
    • Override logic for special commutation functions
    • Programmable dead-band delay
    • Fault inputs for hardware shutdown
    • Output override functions

Development Tools
The PIC18F1330 microcontrollers are supported by Microchip’s world-class development tools, including the no-cost MPLAB(R) IDE Integrated Development Environment, the MPLAB ICD 2 in-circuit debugger/programmer, the MPLAB C18 C compiler, the MPLAB VDI visual device initializer, and the Application Maestro(TM) software. Development board support is provided via the PIC18F1330 Daughter Card (part# AC162078) that plugs into both the PICDEM(TM) MC Motor Control Development Board (part# DM183011), available now for $299, and the PICDEM MC LV Motor Control Development Board (part# DM183021), available now for $129.99. Both feature a graphical user interface and were created specifically to support development of motor control applications with Microchip’s PIC18 motor control families. Finally, extensive motor control design support documentation can be found on Microchip’s Web site.

Availability and Pricing
The PIC18F1330 and PIC18F1230 microcontrollers are available now for general sampling and volume-production orders in 18-pin PDIP and SOIC, 20-pin SSOP, and 28-pin 6×6 mm QFN packages, all of which are Pb-free and RoHS-compliant. Pricing starts at $2.00 each in 10,000 unit quantities. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site.

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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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