Microchip Rolls Out PIC18F87J11 8-bit Microcontrollers

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the 12-member PIC18F87J11 general-purpose, high-performance 8-bit microcontroller family, which offers up to 20% greater performance with 12 MIPS (48 MHz), enhanced peripherals and lower sleep power consumption. With its breadth of family members, the PIC18F87J11 also provides a wide range of program memory and peripherals, ranging from most cost effective to feature rich.

Microchip PIC18F87J11 8-bit MicrocontrollersMicrochip is expanding its 3V PIC18F J-series of 8-bit microcontrollers to address cost-sensitive markets requiring high performance. Additionally, the PIC18F87J11 general-purpose family includes nanoWatt Technology for low power consumption in sleep mode, as low as 100 nA, which is ideal for battery-powered applications. Finally, the PIC18F87J11 is the first 8-bit microcontroller to offer the Parallel Master Port for connection to external memory and displays.

“The new PIC18F87J11 family offers more integration and performance, while continuing to provide a new benchmark in price-performance for high-end 8-bit microcontrollers,” said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. “By undertaking this expansion of our high-performance 8-bit microcontroller portfolio, Microchip continues to demonstrate its commitment to meeting customer needs for increasingly complex and cost-sensitive markets.”

Example Applications

  • Consumer & Appliance: wireless Internet-enabled appliances, hands-free cell phone adapters, white good appliances, game controllers, cappuccino machines, two-way pagers
  • Industrial: TCP/IP interfaces, home-alarm/security-system keypads, server power-supply and temperature controllers, power-meter hubs, security panels, data logging, central AC communication controllers
  • Automotive: car alarms
  • Medical: bio-flow meters, patient monitors

Key Features

  • 8 to 128 Kbytes of self-programmable Flash in 64- and 80-pin TQFP packages, with up to 10k erase-write cycles
  • First 8-bit MCU with Parallel Master Port for flexible connection to external memory and displays
  • Multiple communication channels including up to 2 SPI/I2C(TM), 2 UART and 5 PWM modules
  • Up to 12 MIPS at 3V
  • 5V Tolerant digital I/O
  • 8 MHz Internal Oscillator and 4x PLL for up to 32 MHz operation, without an external clock source
  • Low-power sleep mode

Development Tools
To reduce time-to-market, all 12 members of the PIC18F87J11 microcontroller family are supported by Microchip’s standard, high-performance development systems, including: the free MPLAB(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with Visual Device Initializer, MPLAB C18 C Compiler, MPLAB ICD 2 In-Circuit Debugger, and the $59.99 PICDEM(TM) HPC Explorer Board (part # DM183022)—via separate $25 plug-in modules. A PICDEM HPC Explorer plug-in module for the PIC18F87J11 is expected to be available in March (part # MA180020).

The 12-member PIC18F87J11 family is offered in 64- or 80-pin TQFP package options, and all are available now for sampling by contacting your local sales office. Volume-production is expected in March, starting at $2.27 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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