Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) has announced the PIC18F97J60 family of 8-bit microcontrollers with an integrated IEEE 802.3-compliant Ethernet communications peripheral.

The microcontrollers are optimized for embedded applications, and have an on-chip Medium Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer Device (PHY). By integrating a 10BASE-T Ethernet controller onto a 10-MIPS PIC18 microcontroller with up to 128 Kbytes of Flash program memory, a single-chip remote-communication solution is provided. The device also includes a transmit/ receive RAM buffer, providing network connectivity in 64- to 100-pin packages. A free TCP/IP software stack is available for development. Other features include 4 Kbytes of SRAM; a dedicated 8-kbyte Ethernet buffer for packet storage, retrieval, and modification; and the ability to connect to existing PIC18 designs.

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