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32bit MCUs flaunt floating point unit

23 Sep 2015

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Microchip Technology Inc. has unveiled a line-up within its high-performance PIC32MZ family of 32bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that features an integrated hardware floating point unit (FPU) for high performance and lower latency in intensive single and double-precision math applications. The 48-member PIC32MZ EF series also offers a 12bit, 18 MSPS ADC for various high-speed, wide-bandwidth applications.

The PIC32MZ EF supports an extensive DSP instruction set. This combination of DSP instructions, a double-precision FPU and a high-speed ADC improves code density, decreases latency and accelerates performance in process-intensive applications, stated the company.

PIC32MZ EF series

The PIC32MZ EF series is powered by Imagination's MIPS M-Class core at 200MHz/330 DMIPS and 3.28 CoreMarks/MHz, along with dual-panel, live-update Flash (up to 2MB), large RAM (512KB) and the widest selection of connectivity peripherals in the entire PIC32 portfolio, including a 10/100 Ethernet MAC, Hi-Speed USB MAC/PHY and dual CAN ports, detailed Microchip. Many embedded applications are adding better graphics displays, and the PIC32MZ EF, in the LCCG configuration, can support up to a WQVGA display without the added cost of external graphics controllers. An optional, full-featured hardware crypto engine is also available with a random number generator for high-throughput data encryption/decryption and authentication (e.g., AES, 3DES, SHA, MD5 and HMAC).

Accelerating product cycles and rapidly evolving customer demands are increasing time-to-market pressures on designers. Microchip's MPLAB Harmony Integrated Software Framework provides a modular, pre-tested and easy-to-use GUI based development ecosystem that helps ease integration, reduce testing and speed adaptation to quickly changing market demands; enabling designers to focus on product development.

The PIC32MZ EF series is also supported by Microchip's free MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), within which Harmony operates, as well as the MPLAB XC32 Compilers. The MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger (part DV164035, $199.95) and MPLAB REAL ICE In-Circuit Emulator System (part DV244005, $499.98) are also available.

Four PIC32MZ EF development tools are also available. The complete, turn-key PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity with FPU EF Starter Kit (part DM320007, $119); the PIC32MZ Embedded connectivity with Floating Point Unit and Crypto Starter Kit (part DM320007-C, $119); the PIC32MZ2048EF PIM Explorer 16 Plug In Module (part MA320019, $25), and the PIC32MZ EF Audio 144-pin PIM for Bluetooth Audio Development Kit (part MA320018, $25).

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