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Microchip Press Release

Microchip Technology Expands 20-Pin PIC® Microcontroller Family


New PIC16F631/677 MCUs Provide a Compelling Option for Migrating From 8- and
14-Pin Devices

CHANDLER, Ariz., July 10, 2006 [NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc.,
a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, today announced two
new 20-pin PIC® microcontrollers to further strengthen its 8-bit portfolio. The
PIC16F631 provides a cost-effective entry point for migration from 8- and 14-pin
devices, while the PIC16F677 brings affordable hardware I2C™ & SPI capability to the
small Flash microcontroller market. Full compatibility with Microchip’s latest midrange
architecture PIC microcontrollers also makes the pair an excellent choice for upward
migration to add more functionality or cost reduction of existing 20-pin designs.
The new microcontrollers are an extension of the PIC16F685/687/689/690 series, and can
be used as “drop-in” replacements for their more feature-rich counterparts. Board layout,
control code, and tool suites can be completely re-used without modification—giving
engineers the freedom to design platform-based systems without the associated cost
penalty. Both devices employ the following features: nanoWatt Technology for minimum
power consumption in battery-powered applications; dual analog comparators with S/R
latch mode to eliminate the need for discrete components; and In-Circuit Serial
Programming™ technology for field programmability. These enhancements serve to
simplify the design of increasingly complex embedded-control systems.
“Microchip continues to demonstrate its commitment to driving improvement and
innovation in our low pin count 8-bit families,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of
Microchip’s Security, Microcontroller and Technology Division. “By adding these new
cost-effective 20-pin microcontrollers, we are giving customers more flexibility to choose
the best balance of features and price for their specific application.”
The new PIC16F631/677 microcontrollers serve a broad market, including the following
example applications: battery-powered devices (security systems, smoke and CO
detectors, handheld devices), appliances (deep fryers, washers, dryers), and power
conversion (power supplies, DC/DC converters, battery chargers).
Key features include:
Both Microcontrollers
• Up to 3.5 Kbytes of Program Flash memory
• Up to 128 bytes of RAM memory
• Wide range of internally generated clock frequencies (31 kHz – 8 MHz)
• Two comparators with set-reset latch mode
• 0.6 Volt internal bandgap reference
• Ultra-low-power wakeup
• Enhanced low-current Watchdog Timer
• Enhanced low-power Timer 1 with Gate Control
• In-Circuit Serial Programming technology
• Brownout reset with software-control option
• Up to 18 I/O Pins
• 4x4 QFN package options for space savings
PIC16F677 Only
• 12-channel, 10-bit ADC
• SPI and I2C support with Address Mask option
Development Tool Support
The two new devices are supported by the full suite of Microchip’s development tools,
including the PICkit™ 2 Starter Kit, free MPLAB® IDE (Integrated Development
Environment), and the low-cost MPLAB ICD 2 (In-Circuit Debugger).
Availability and Pricing
The PIC16F631 and PIC16F677 microcontrollers are expected to be available in mid-
July for general sampling at http://sample.microchip.com and volume production at
www.microchipdirect.com in RoHS-compliant 20-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and QFN
packages. Prices start at $0.94 each in 10,000 unit quantities. For more information,
contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit
www.microchip.com.