With this launch, Microchip says that it is reiterating both its intention to continue full support and development for both PIC and AVR architecture; and its focus on 8bit. 8bit MCUs continue to sell in ever-growing volumes, the company says, and remain an appropriate choice for very many simpler, especially real-time, tasks.
The new series is supported by the START package (that generates 'housekeeping' code in C and frees development time for application coding) for graphical configuration of embedded software; it integrates rich features with 4 kB or 8 kB Flash in low pin-count packages; its core independent peripherals include a peripheral touch controller; and has self-programming for firmware upgrades and power-down mode with SRAM retention.
Four new devices range from 14 to 24 pins and 4 kB or 8 kB of Flash and are the first tinyAVR microcontrollers to feature Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). Micrdochip notes that Atmel had previously implemented a feature very similar to CIPs, in some of its larger MCUs – the Event system. With this series, it has effectively migrated thtatfeature down to the smaller devices. The new devices will be supported by START, a free-of-charge online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration of embedded software projects. The toolset supports new users by assisting the selection of the most appropriate mix of peripherals for a given task.
“This announcement is very important to Microchip as it represents the coming together of the two most powerful 8-bit MCU brands under one roof,” said Steve Sanghi, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Microchip Technology Inc. “Customers love both PIC and AVR MCUs and Microchip is re-energising new product development to not only continue to support, but to grow the AVR portfolio.”