Category: Microchip

Microchip Technology Booth Tour at CES 2019

Posted by Charbax – June 12, 2019

Microchip showcases their demos for the automotive, consumer, medical, industrial markets and more. Microchip demonstrations include: Connectivity
Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)
Networked sensors are the future of improving the efficiency of HVAC systems in smart buildings. Learn how three different networking schemes, LoRaWAN, MiWi™ and Wi-Fi® can all be used to send sensor readings to the AWS cloud.

Low-Power Wi-Fi Sensors
Discover how Wi-Fi devices can be used in hard-to-get-to places in the home without running new power through the walls with the ultra-low power ATWINC1510, an IEEE 802.11 b/g/n network controller to add-on to existing microcontroller (MCU) solutions bringing Wi-Fi and network capabilities through SPI-to-Wi-Fi interface.

Secure picoPower LoRa Node
Learn how to implement Arm TrustZone technology and other crucial security features found in low-power LoRa end nodes powered by the SAM L11MCU in such as this light sensor. The SAM L11 features picoPower Technology, with less than 25 uA/MHz active current and less than 100 nA sleep current, as well as enhanced Peripheral Touch Control, making it perfect for wearable, wireless and security-focused applications.

Versatile picoPower Technology
Learn how one family of 32-bit microcontrollers can serve your needs in low-power, water-tolerant touch and high-trust applications. The SAM L1x family’s picoPower technology, enhanced Peripheral Touch Controller and robust security technologies are well suited for smart city, industrial automation, smart agriculture, medical and accessory authentication applications.

Connected Home Demos
Time is money – especially in development processes where time to market is a key factor in the decision process. Microchip's turnkey touch solutions are readymade for your touch design. Buttons, sliders, wheels, proximity – all available with selectable interfaces (I2C, SPI, GPIO) from a single input, up to 64 buttons. Even appliance safety class B pre-certified solutions are available for designs where functional safety is a focus.

Voice-to-Text with Bluetooth Low Energy
Mobile phones are everywhere and sometimes you need to be able to see what is being said. Watch how the ATBTLC1000-ZR Bluetooth low energy System in Package (SiP) module, hosted by the SAM D21 MCU, can enable you to view the words you hear on an easy-to-use E-Ink display from Ineltek.

Easy Branding and Ease of Use
Drive profitable brand preference and ease of use for your end customers with the PIC32MZ DA graphics microcontrollers and MPLAB Harmony Graphics Composer tools and libraries. Custom graphics, animation and deep-color pallets will have your embedded design reflecting your company’s professional brand image, driving preference and profit.

Security
Wi-Fi to Bluetooth Low-Energy Gateway
Learn how to securely connect Bluetooth devices like a door lock, ceiling fan or LED bulb to the cloud with the combination of the ATWINC3400 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module and the ATECC608A secure element. The ATWINC3400 is an IoT network controller offering Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy network capabilities within a single module. The ATECC608A secure element integrates Elliptic Curve Diffie Hellman (ECDH) security protocol an ultra-secure method to provide key agreement for encryption/decryption, along with Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) sign-verify authentication, ideal for IoT applications.

Secure Authentication to Google Cloud IoT Core with a Secure Element
Learn how to protect the private key used for authentication in a flexible, secure element while easily implementing JSON Web Token-based authentication. This cost-effective solution uses the ATECC608A secure element to provide robust security, even to systems with small microcontrollers (MCUs) such as an Arm Cortex-M0+ based device.

Secure Authentication to AWS IoT Core with a Secure Element
Protect the private key used for the authentication of your AWS IoT connected device by using our flexible secure element (ATECC608A). Enabling robust, mutual authentication with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), this cost-effective solution can be used across a wide range of MPUs and MCUs, including small Arm Cortex-M0+ based MCUs.

Microchip Mi-V RISC-V CPU with Microsemi FPGA

Posted by Charbax – March 11, 2019

Microchip acquired Microsemi, and with it comes their new Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem, a suite of tools and design resources developed by Microsemi and third parties to support RISC-V designs using RISC-V Soft IP Cores available for RTG4, IGLOO2 and PolarFire FPGAs, introducing the industry's first RISC-V SoC FPGA Architecture, PolarFire SoC which brings deterministic real-time performance to Linux in a coherent multi-core RISC-V CPU. The RISC-V Mi-V Ecosystem consists of various design tools such as the Libero SoC FPGA Design Suite, Eclipse based IDE SoftConsole enabling quick C and C++ development, a Firmware Catalog consisting of numerous drivers, and third party platforms for development, simulation and debug.

Microchip PIC16F18446 with 12bit ADC, Computation, ATMEGA4809 8-bit high-performance AVR RISC CPU

Posted by Charbax – August 9, 2018

The Microchip PIC16(L)F184xx 8-bit product family features high resolution Analog, Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) and communication along with eXtreme Low-Power (XLP) technology for a wide range of general purpose and low-power applications. The family offers a 12-bit ADC with computation (ADC2), multiple communications interfaces, a temperature sensor; along with memory features like Memory Access Partition (MAP) and Device Information Area (DIA). The 12-bit ADC2 automates Capacitive Voltage Divider (CVD) techniques for advanced touch sensing, averaging, filtering, oversampling and automatic threshold comparison. The products also have a highly effective power management features such as CPU IDLE/DOZE modes, peripheral module disable (PMD) and peripheral pin select (PPS).

The Microchip ATmega4809 is a microcontroller featuring the 8-bit AVR processor with hardware multiplier - running at up to 20MHz and with up to 48 KB Flash, 6 KB SRAM and 256 bytes of EEPROM in 48-pin packages. The series uses the latest Core Independent Peripherals with low power features. Including Event System, intelligent analog and advanced peripherals.

$47.95 Microchip MPLAB PICkit 4 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer

Posted by Charbax – August 9, 2018

Microchip Technology MPLAB PICkit 4 In-Circuit Debugger/Programmer allows for fast debugging and programming of PIC and dsPIC flash microcontrollers. The MPLAB PICkit uses the powerful MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) graphical user interface. Connect the MPLAB PICkit 4 to a PC using a high-speed 2.0 USB interface and to the target via a Microchip debug (RJ-11) connector. The connector uses two device I/O pins and the reset line to implement in-circuit debugging and In-Circuit Serial Programming. An additional micro SD card slot and the ability to be self-powered from the target means you can take and program your code on the go.

The MPLAB PICkit 4 can program faster than its predecessor and supports PIC and dsPIC MCU devices, along with a wider target voltage. The PICkit 4 supports advanced interfaces like 4-wire JTAG and Serial Wire Debug with streaming Data Gateway. The PICkit 4 is backward compatible for demo boards, headers and target systems using 2-wire JTAG and ICSP. The PICkit 4 also has a unique programmer-to-go function with the addition of a micro SD card slot to hold project code and the ability to be powered by the target board.

Microchip ARM, PIC and AVR Microcontrollers

Posted by Charbax – June 29, 2017

Microchip acquired Atmel in 2016 for $3.56 Billion, this among other acquisitions by Microchip, grows their Microcontroller portfolio to include Atmel's ARM based SAM Microcontrollers (which I have previously filmed here: SAM S70 and E70 ARM Cortex-M7, SAM L21 ARM Cortex-M0+, Atmel BTLC1000 Bluetooth ARM Cortex-M0, SMART SAM W25 Wi-Fi for IoT with ARM Cortex-M0+, together with Microchip's own ARM cores, and their MIPS-based PIC-32 cores, a few older PIC cores, Atmel's 8 and 32-bit AVR cores among other. Microchip Technology also provides Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, KEELOQ 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 include USB, ZigBee/MiWi, Controller Area Network, LoRa, SIGFOX and Ethernet.