Microchip – PIC® MCU Spotlight


PIC® Microcontrollers are finding their way into new applications like smartphones, audio accessories, video gaming peripherals and advanced medical devices. Microchip provides solutions for the entire range of 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC® MCUs and dsPIC® DSCs for all your embedded design needs; with easy-to-use development tools, complete technical documentation and post design-in support through a global sales and distribution network.

Microchip continues to expand its innovative 8-bit PIC MCUs with Core Independent Peripherals (CIP), whilst the broad line of 16-bit MCUs includes everything from eXtreme Low Power microcontrollers to high performance digital signal controllers. Microchip’s 32-bit portfolio offers high performance microcontrollers, and all the tools needed to develop your embedded projects.



Cloud-based development for PIC® MCUs – No sign-up, no downloads and no fees

MPLAB® Xpress

Microchip’s MPLAB® Xpress Cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is the easiest way to start your design with PIC® microcontrollers. Using the industry’s most comprehensive feature set you can build your design in minutes and automatically generate code online with the MPLAB Code Configurator 3.0.

Browser-based access to the most popular tools from the award-winning MPLAB X IDE also includes code simulation, as well as programming and debugging of your target MCU. Plus a rich online community provides a forum for sharing ideas and knowledge.

Features & Benefits:

Browser-based design for PIC® MCUs with no fees

  • Program and Debug PIC microcontroller models when connecting to the PICkitTM 3 Programmer and Debugger
  • In circuit Debugging is also provided when connecting MPLAB® Xpress IDE to the Curiosity board
  • Automatically configure all peripheral modules of 300+ 8-bit microcontroller models
  • Build a complete application in minutes
  • Generate code via the MPLAB Code Configurator
  • Verify code on the integrated simulator
  • Program and debug the target MCU

Access to more options for enriched designs

  • Migrate designs to the full, downloadable MPLAB X IDE
  • 10 GB of secure online storage with a myMicrochip account
  • Easy expansion options for Microchip & MikroElektronica tools


Microchip continues driving 8-bit MCU evolution with an innovative new development platform

Curiosity Board
Fully featured orderable part: – DM164137

Microchip’s Curiosity Development Board (DM164137) is a cost-effective, fully integrated 8-bit development platform targeted at first-time users, makers and those seeking a feature-rich, rapid prototyping board.

Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB® X integrated development environment, the Curiosity Development Board includes an integrated programmer/debugger, and requires no additional hardware to get started. The Curiosity Development Board supports all low-voltage, programming-enabled 8-bit PIC® MCUs from 8 to 20 pins.

Curiosity is the perfect platform to harness the power of modern 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers. Its layout and external connections offer unparalleled access to the Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) available on many newer 8-bit PIC MCUs. These CIPs enable the user to integrate various system functions onto a single MCU, simplifying the design and keeping system power consumption and BOM cost low.

Features & Benefits:

  • Supports 8-, 14-, 20-pin 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers with low voltage programming capability
  • Integrated Programmer/Debugger with USB Interface
  • Integrates seamlessly with MPLAB® X IDE and Code Configurator


  • Various user interface options – mTouch® button, analog potentiometer, and physical switches
  • MikrobusTM support with over 100 MikroElectronika ClickTM add-on boards available
  • RN4020 Bluetooth module footprint



8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers with Core Independent Peripherals

PIC16F1579 Fully featured orderable parts:

The introduction of new Core Independent Peripherals takes 8-bit PIC® MCUs to new levels of performance and into wider applications.

The PIC16F1579 is the first 8-bit PIC MCU family to integrate four independent timebased 16-bit PWMs for advanced drive capability, whilst the PIC16F18877 is the first to offer ADC computation and new power-saving modes: These new XLP modes include Peripheral Module Disable for zero power leakage.

Features & Benefits:

Simplifies design & PCB layout

  • CIPs add core-free functions
  • Peripheral Pin Select (PPS) for exible pin-mapping

Add more functions to smaller designs

  • 8- to 40-pin packages
  • 1.8V to 5.5V operating voltage

PIC16F1579 family

  • High-resolution drive capability
    - Four independent time-based 16-bit
    - Edge, centre-aligned and other output modes
  • Easy connectivity
    - Serial LIN and DMX connectivity – Intelligent analog for signal and sensor interfaces


  • LED lighting
  • LED colour mixing
  • Motor control
  • Switch-Mode Power Supplies (SMPS)


Cost effective 16-bit PIC® MCUs offer 1 MB Dual-partition flash

PIC24F GB6 Family
Fully featured orderable part: – PIC24FJ1024GB610-I/PT

The execution of programme code in one Flash partition and simultaneous programming of the other partition enables Microchip’s PIC24F “GB6” 16-bit MCUs to support cost-effective Live Updates for ‘always-on’ applications.

In addition to up to 1 MB of Dual-Partition Flash, these MCUs offer 32 KB of RAM, and robust analog and serial communication peripherals including USB On-The-Go. There are also Core Independent Peripherals to provide real-time logic control and faster throughput as well as power-saving features for longer battery life.

Features & Benefits:

Eliminates the need for external memory

  • Up to 1024KB Dual-Partition Flash Live Update capability
  • 32KB RAM

Serial communications

  • USB v2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) compliant
  • Six UARTs
  • Three SPI
  • Three I2C

Advanced analog peripherals

  • 10/12-bit, up to 24-channel Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC):
  • Conversion available during Sleep
  • Three rail-to-rail, enhanced analog comparators with programmable input/output
  • Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) for capacitive touch sensing

Power-saving features

  • Selective shut-down of peripherals and/or core for substantial power reduction
  • Doze mode allows CPU to run at a lower clock speed than peripherals
  • Alternate Clock modes allow on-the-y switching to a lower clock speed
  • Wide-range Digitally Controlled Oscillator (DCO)



dsPIC® DSCs set benchmarks for size, latency and power consumption

Fully featured orderable part: – dsPIC33EP64GS506-I/PT

Enabling sophisticated control algorithms operating at higher switching frequencies and Live Update Flash, Microchip’s 16-bit dsPIC33EP “GS” Digital Signal Controllers offer next-generation digital-power performance.

These DSCs consume up to 80% less power in any application and provide less than half the latency of the previous generation when used in a three-pole three-zero compensator.

In addition to exceptional performance for non-linear, predictive and adaptive control algorithms, the DSPIC33EP “GS” family offers higher integration and more features in packages which include the industry’s smallest digital-power optimised DSC, 4 x 4 mm UQFN.

Features & Benefits:

  • Enabling sophisticated control algorithms
    - Adaptive algorithms for improved effciency over widely varying load conditions
    - Non-linear & predictive algorithms for improved dynamic response to transients
  • Higher switching frequencies save cost and space
  • Maximised ADC performance
    - 300 ns latency
    - Up to 16 Msps total with 5 ADCs
    - Autonomous digital comparators
  • High integration and advanced features
    - Live Update Flash
    - Up to ve 12-bit ADCs with up to
    22 ADC inputs
    - Two on-chip programmable gain amplifiers

High speed and performance for high-bandwidth applications

Fully featured orderable part – PIC32MZ2048EFM100-I/PT
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A double-precision FPU, dedicated DSP pipeline and a high-performance 12-bit ADC allow Microchip’s PIC32MZ EF series of 32-bit MCUs to improve code density, decrease latency and accelerate performance in process-intensive applications.

The 48 devices in the PIC32MZ EF family also offer up to 2 MB of dual-panel Flash and up to 512 KB RAM. A live-update capability allows the Flash to be updated whilst the CPU is in operation. The family also offers a rich peripheral set and more connectivity options than any other PIC32 MCU. These options include 10/100 Ethernet MAC, high-speed USB with PHY, high-speed SQI, and dual CAN ports.

In the LCCG configuration, the PIC32MZ EF family can drive WQVGA displays without the added cost of external graphics controllers. There is also support for high-throughput data encryption, decryption and authentication from the optional, full-featured hardware crypto engine with true random number generator.

Features & Benefits:

32-bit MCU with DSP-enhanced core

  • 200 MHz/330 DMIPS, MIPS M-class core
  • Up to 2MB dual-panel live update Flash memory

High performance and lower latency for high bandwidth applications

  • FPU for fast single- and double- precision math
  • 12-bit, 18 MSPS, 48-channel ADC module

Widest range of PIC32 connectivity options

  • UART, I2C, PMP, EBI, SQI SPI/I2S interfaces for audio processing and playback
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Device/Host/OTG
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet MAC with MII and RMII interface