Microchip Launches New Generation of 8-bit AVR® MCUs with Core Independent Peripherals

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller (MCU), mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today released a new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR MCUs. The four new devices range from 14 to 24 pins and 4 KB to 8 KB of Flash and are the first tinyAVR® microcontrollers to feature Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). The new devices will be supported by Atmel START, an innovative online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration of embedded software projects. “This announcement is very important to Microchip as it represents the coming together of the two most powerful 8-bit MCU brands under one roof,” said Steve Sanghi, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Microchip Technology Inc. “Customers love both PIC® and AVR® MCUs and Microchip is re-energizing new product development to not only continue to support, but to grow the esteemed AVR portfolio.” The new ATtiny817/816/814/417 devices provide all the right features to help drive product innovation including small, low pin count and feature-rich packaging in 4 KB or 8 KB of Flash memory. Other integrated features include: a CIP called Peripheral Touch Controller (PTC); Event System for peripheral co-operation; custom programmable logic blocks; self-programming for firmware upgrades; non-volatile data storage; 20 MHz internal oscillator; high-speed serial communication with USART; operating voltages ranging from 1.8V to 5.5V; 10-bit ADC with internal voltage references; and sleep currents at less than 100 nA in power down mode with SRAM retention.”

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