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Microchip has announced three low-power PIC microcontroller families with Nanowatt XLP extreme low power technology for sleep currents as low as 2nA.

These three 8- and 16-bit MCU families join three other recent 8-bit families that are part of Microchip’s Nanowatt XLP portfolio, providing designers with a rich and compatible low-power migration path that includes on-chip peripherals for USB and Mtouch sensing solutions.

The three Nanowatt XLP MCU families announced include the 16-bit PIC24F16KA family, which features typical sleep currents as low as 20nA; and the 8-bit PIC18F46J11 and PIC18F46J50 families, both of which feature typical sleep currents of less than 20nA.

The six general-purpose members in the PIC18F46J11 family provide up to 64kbyte of Flash program memory and the peripheral set of a typical 64- or 80-pin device in only 28- or 44-pins.

The PIC18F46J50 family also features six members, which in addition integrate full speed USB 2.0 to enable connectivity for embedded applications requiring remote field upgrades or the downloading of data.

The low sleep currents and numerous wake-up features of Microchip’s Nanowatt XLP MCUs should be ideal for battery operated devices, which actually spend most of their time asleep.

Numerous consumer, industrial, automotive and medical applications can benefit from the extremely low power and peripheral integration of the Nanowatt XLP MCUs.

Examples of consumer applications may include portable and battery powered devices, such as: sealed disposable electronics, portable electronics, white goods, game controllers, digital photo frames, and coffee machines.

Industrial applications include energy harvesting/scavenging, utility meters, security systems, sprinkler timers and sealed/harsh environment sensors.

Microchip MCUs feature Nanowatt XLP technology

Microchip has announced three low-power PIC microcontroller families with Nanowatt XLP extreme low power technology for sleep currents as low as 2nA.

These three 8- and 16-bit MCU families join three other recent 8-bit families that are part of Microchip’s Nanowatt XLP portfolio, providing designers with a rich and compatible low-power migration path that includes on-chip peripherals for USB and Mtouch sensing solutions.

The three Nanowatt XLP MCU families announced include the 16-bit PIC24F16KA family, which features typical sleep currents as low as 20nA; and the 8-bit PIC18F46J11 and PIC18F46J50 families, both of which feature typical sleep currents of less than 20nA.

The six general-purpose members in the PIC18F46J11 family provide up to 64kbyte of Flash program memory and the peripheral set of a typical 64- or 80-pin device in only 28- or 44-pins.

The PIC18F46J50 family also features six members, which in addition integrate full speed USB 2.0 to enable connectivity for embedded applications requiring remote field upgrades or the downloading of data.

The low sleep currents and numerous wake-up features of Microchip’s Nanowatt XLP MCUs should be ideal for battery operated devices, which actually spend most of their time asleep.

Numerous consumer, industrial, automotive and medical applications can benefit from the extremely low power and peripheral integration of the Nanowatt XLP MCUs.

Examples of consumer applications may include portable and battery powered devices, such as: sealed disposable electronics, portable electronics, white goods, game controllers, digital photo frames, and coffee machines.

Industrial applications include energy harvesting/scavenging, utility meters, security systems, sprinkler timers and sealed/harsh environment sensors.

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