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PIC MCU integrates 16bit ADC, 10 Msps ADC, DAC, USB and LCD

18 Sep 2013

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Microchip Technology recently unveiled the PIC24FJ128GC010, the company's latest line of microcontrollers. This family is an analogue system on a chip that integrates a full analogue signal chain, including the company's on-chip precision 16bit ADC and 10 Msps 12bit ADC, plus a DAC and dual operational amplifiers (op amps), along with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology for extended battery life in portable medical and industrial applications.

This combination of analogue integration and low power consumption reduces system cost and noise, and improves the signal throughput in applications such as portable medical monitoring devices, blood-glucose meters and blood-pressure monitor, as well as industrial applications such as portable monitoring devices, such as voltage and current monitors, gas sensors and high-speed sensor arrays, among others.

The PIC24FJ128GC010 family includes an integrated LCD display driver that provides the ability to drive up to 472 segments with information-rich user displays that include scrolling alphanumeric banners. Integrated USB supports the uploading of clinical data for medical equipment, and can act as a service/data port for industrial equipment. Capacitive touch sensing is supported with an on-chip mTouch peripheral. The integration of a 16bit ADC, USB and LCD into a single low-power MCU allows for very small form factor, battery-powered applications. The PIC24FJ128GC010 family represents a significant cost reduction over a multi-chip implementation, enabling lower noise, faster throughput, smaller PCB size and faster time to market.




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