Microchip Technology Inc. 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. Microchip's silicon programme is supported by a healthy range of evaluation and development boards to help design engineers evaluate new silicon solutions quickly. The latest, called MPLABX, is a Java based, platform independent IDE (integrated development platform), to support it’s entire PIC range.
Embedded Processing and DSP
Microchip's products include microcontrollers, generally referred to as PIC, they are available in various forms, including PIC micro, dsPIC / PIC24 and PIC32, and cover the span of processor bit-widths from 8-bit up to 32-bit. dsPIC provides access to low cost DSP functionality. Also in the range are serial EEPROM devices, serial SRAM devices, KEELOQ security devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as linear, interface and mixed signal devices. Some of the interface devices Microchip have available include USB, ZigBee/MiWi, Controller Area Network, and Ethernet.
PIC microcontrollers are finding their way into new applications like smart phones, audio accessories, video gaming peripherals and advanced medical devices. Microchip provides solutions for the entire performance range of 8-bit microcontrollers, with easy-to-use development tools, complete technical documentation and post design-in support through a global sales and distribution network.
Microchip's 16-bit, PIC24 MCUs and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers provide designers with an easy upgrade path from 8-bit, PIC® microcontrollers and a cost effective option to 32-bit MCUs. The broad product line includes everything from eXtreme Low Power microcontrollers to high performance digital signal controllers. Combined with hardware and free software these 16-bit products make the design of mTouch™ Sensing, Graphics, Connectivity, Digital Power Conversion, Smart Energy and Motor Control solutions easy to implement.
Microchip's 32-bit portfolio with the MIPS® M4K® offers high performance microcontrollers, and all the tools needed to develop your embedded project. With free software, low cost development tools, and pin/peripheral compatibility from 16-bit product lines, PIC32 MCUs shorten time to market and allow your designs to grow. PIC32 gives your application the processing power, memory and peripherals for your design.