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Microchip’s New DSCs & MCUs Bring
70 MIPS Performance and Cap Touch to Cost-Sensitive Designs

New dsPIC33E and PIC24E Devices Enable Advanced Features for User-Interface, General-Purpose and Motor-Control Applications

CHANDLER, Ariz., Nov. 9, 2011 — Microchip Technology Inc. today announced the expansion of its enhanced core 16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and microcontroller (MCU) families to include on-chip op amps and Microchip’s Charge Time Measurement Unit peripheral (CTMU), enabling advanced features in user-interface, intelligent-sensing, general-purpose and motor-control applications at a low cost. The new devices are pin compatible with existing 16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 products for easy migration, and are available in multiple package options, including the new, ultra small 5 mm x 5 mm 36-pin VTLA package.

With 70 MIPS of DSP performance and a 6-channel Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) peripheral, the dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” devices provide advanced motor control and high-speed application execution. This results in more efficient, smaller and lower-cost designs, as a single DSC or MCU can be used to control the entire system. The on-chip op amps can be used in a variety of sensing applications where signal conditioning is needed, and reduce the need for external components, helping to reduce overall design cost and size. The CTMU peripheral, used in mTouch capacitive touch-sensing, simplifies the addition of innovative and reliable user interfaces, including keypads, buttons and sliders.

“Our new dsPIC33 and PIC24 ‘E’ devices provide high performance and innovative features at a lower cost than previously possible,” said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s High-Performance Microcontroller Division. “These new dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” devices are among the most capable and cost-effective controllers on the market.”

Development Support

The dsPIC33EP64MC504 (part # MA330028, $25] and PIC24EP64MC204 Motor-Control Plug-In Modules (part # MA240028, $25) for Microchip’s dsPICDEM Low Voltage (part # DM330021, $150.00), and High Voltage Motor Control Development Kits (part # DM330023, $650.00), are available today. All of these tools can be purchased at microchipDIRECT (

Pricing & Availability

The dsPIC33EP64MC50X DSC is available in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, SSOP and QFN packages. The dsPIC33EP64MC20X DSC is available in 44-pin VTLA, TQFP and QFN packages. The PIC24EP64MC20X MCU is available in 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages. Pricing starts at $1.58 each, in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples of these devices are available today, at . Volume-production quantities of these devices can be purchased today, at

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