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Microchip adds two new PIC MCU families with Core-Independent Peripherals
that enable functions for a broad range of applications
PIC16F1877 is the first MCU With ADC computation and the first PIC16 with new low-power
modes; PIC16F1579 is the first 8-bit PIC MCU with 4 independent time-based 16-bit PWMs
New Delhi, 24th July, 2015 [NASDAQ: MCHP] Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced from ESC Silicon Valley two
new 8-bit families that expand its growing portfolio of innovative PIC MCUs with Core-Independent
Peripherals (CIPs). 8-bit MCUs can now be used in a much broader range of applications, due to the growing
number of these intelligent, interconnected CIPs that combine to perform functions autonomously, without the
core. Because these functions are deterministically and reliably performed in hardware instead of software,
CIPs enable system performance that is far beyond typical 8-bit MCUs while simplifying the design
experience and reducing memory cost. Additionally, these two new families are available in 8 to 40-pin
packages, reducing board space while serving a wide 1.8 to 5.5V operating range. Both families offer the
Peripheral Pin Select feature, which enables flexible pin mapping and PCB routing to minimise EMI and
crosstalk. Example applications include consumer electronics, the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable
technology and safety-critical systems.
Learn more about the PIC16F1579 family at, and the
PIC16F18877 family at, and watch short overview






The four new members of the PIC16F1579 family are offered in 14 to 20-pin packages with up to
28 KB of flash and feature CIPs that enable functions in a broad range of applications, such as LED lighting
and motor control. They are the first 8-bit PIC MCUs with four 16-bit PWMs that each has independent
timers, for flexible output and signal generation functions, including edge, center-aligned and other output
modes. System-communication functions are supported via serial interfaces for LIN and DMX connectivity,
while the family's intelligent analog integration enables signal and sensor interface functions.
The first 10 members of the PIC16F18877 family are available in 8 to 40-pin packages with up to
56 KB of flash and feature CIPs that enable functions in a broad range of applications, such as consumer
electronics, IoT and safety-critical systems. They are the first MCUs to integrate an ADC with computation,
which performs input and sensor interface functions such as accumulation, averaging and low-pass filter
calculations in hardware instead of software, enabling the CPU to sleep or execute other tasks. They're also


Microchip adds two 8-bit PIC MCU families with core-independent peripherals that enable functions

the first PIC16 MCUs to augment Microchip's eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology with the IDLE and
DOZE modes for reduced active power consumption.
Additionally, they're the first MCUs with peripheral module disable, which completely removes peripherals
from the power rail and clock tree for zero power leakage. Other integrated CIPs, such as the hardware limit
timer, combine for the easy implementation of safety-critical functions.
"These two new families are the latest examples of Microchip's leadership in the 8-bit MCU market, with the
continued expansion of innovative CIPs and intelligent analog that enable functions and capabilities far
beyond what traditional 8-bit MCUs could perform," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's MCU8
Division. "These families also exemplify Microchip's 'Flexible Intelligence Made Easy' philosophy, as they
provide designers with a broad range of intelligent and configurable peripheral options in many low pin count
packages and a wide operating voltage range. Development is made easy via our comprehensive platform of
software and hardware tools, integrated under our singular MPLAB X IDE."
Development support
The Curiosity Development Board (part # DM164137) and PICDEM LAB II Development Board (part #
DM163046) are both available today, to enable easy system design. The freely downloadable MPLAB Code
Configurator generates code with the click of a button. It provides a visual representation of an MCU's
peripherals, eliminating the need to read data sheets. Additionally, it enables the easy setup of CIPs and
provides production-ready code, speeding the development efforts of both new and experienced users.
Microchip's MPLAB XC8 compiler and standard programmer/debuggers are also available for purchase.
Please click on the following links, to view tables summarising the availability, and packaging and memory







PIC16F18877 ( 8-bit MCU families.


additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit
Microchip's website at To purchase products mentioned in this
press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip's authorised distribution partners.
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About Microchip Technology: Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower
total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable










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Tags / Keywords: CIP, Function, IoT, Lighting, Power Supplies, 16-bit PWM, LED, RGB, Power Supply, Low Power, Motor Control,
Safety Critical

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