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Microchip Boosts 32-bit MCU Performance by 25% on Low-Cost, Small Package PIC32MX1/MX2 Series

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced a 25% performance boost on its 32-bit PIC32MX1/MX2 microcontrollers (MCUs). By increasing their speed to 50 MHz or 83 DMIPS, Microchip is taking the PIC32MX1/MX2 MCUs’ performance to a new level, in combination with its feature-packed peripherals and 4-channel DMA.

The PIC32MX1/MX2 series includes Microchip’s smallest 32-bit MCUs, with sizes down to 5 mm x 5 mm and a 0.5 mm pitch, as well as the lowest-cost PIC32 MCUs. These devices include up to 128K Flash and 32K RAM, and integrate peripherals for touch-sensing, audio-processing and advanced-control applications. Specifically, integrated peripherals include a hardware module for adding mTouch™ capacitive-touch buttons or advanced sensors, an 8-bit Parallel Master Port (PMP) interface for graphics or external memory, a 10-bit 1-Msps 13-channel Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), and serial communications peripherals. The MX2 series adds USB On-the-Go (OTG) capabilities.

The PIC32MX1 and MX2 MCUs are targeted for low-cost applications in the consumer and automotive markets, such as consumer music-player docks, noise-cancelling headsets, clock radios, and entertainment-system sound bars, as well as touch screens with buttons and sliders, graphic displays and USB device/host applications. In the medical and industrial markets, applications include industrial-grade noise-cancelling headsets and medical/industrial displays with touch-sensing capabilities.

“The improved performance that we’re adding to these recently introduced, low-cost PIC32MX1/MX2 MCUs enables designers to overcome speed bottlenecks,” said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 Division. “Additionally, designers can develop a broad range of products for the consumer, industrial, medical and other markets that require the combination of audio, touch-sensing and embedded-control capabilities, as well as USB communication, all with one MCU.”

Development Support

The PIC32MX1/MX2 series is supported by Microchip’s free MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB XC32 Compiler for PIC32 (part # : SW006015, $895), MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger (part # DV164035, $189.99) and MPLAB REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulation System (part # DV244005, $499.98).

Pricing & Availability

The PIC32MX1 and PIC32MX2 MCUs are available now in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP and SSOP packages; a 36-pin VTLA package; and 44-pin QFN, TQFP and VTLA packages. The series is available today for both sampling and volume production, starting at $1.74 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website at http://www.microchip.com/get/049F. To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.

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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, 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. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/ANEG.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. mTouch is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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