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Microchip Technology Corp.'s PIC24F16KA 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) Family with nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low Power Technology

Microchip Technology Corp.'s PIC24F16KA 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) Family with nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low Power Technology

The PIC24F16KA family of four 16-bit microcontroller products forms part of Microchip's growing nanoWatt XLP portfolio. This family provides designers with high-performance, feature-rich low-power 16-bit MCUs. The PIC24F16KA parts feature many integrated peripherals, including a 10-bit ADC, Analog Comparators, Real-Time Clock and Calendar (RTCC), capacitive touch sensing, and also on-chip EEPROM. This industry-leading combination of low power consumption and functionality makes these PIC MCUs ideal for any battery-powered or power-constrained application. With the April 2009 introduction of the PIC24F16KA family of 16-bit microcontrollers, featuring nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low Power Technology, Microchip is providing microcontrollers with power consumption that is below long-standing industry minimums, including sleep currents as low as 20 nA, which enables battery life of up to 20 years. Additionally, they integrate peripherals not commonly found in low-power microcontrollers, such as capacitive touch sensing. The PIC24F16KA family has the following features that make them the most battery-friendly MCUs in the world according to the company: sleep modes down to 20 nA; watchdog timer modes down to 370 nA; real time clock and calendar mode down to 510 nA; low-power active mode down to 8 AmuA; 1.8 to 3.6V operating voltage for all on-chip analog and digital peripherals; max speed (32 MHz) at a battery friendly 3.0V; higher speeds at lower, more battery-friendly voltages; and higher instruction-set efficiency for lower power consumption. The company says the low-power PIC24F16KA family is the most battery friendly MCUs in the world for its maximum battery life for alkaline cells and lithium coin cells; maximum performance from a battery; and its instruction-set efficiency improves battery life. Two-speed startup also saves battery power.

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