Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) has introduced the PIC16(L)F1826 and PIC16(L)F1827 general-purpose 8-bit microcontrollers that feature the company’s enhanced mid-range core. The new MCUs provide an advanced peripheral set that includes an mTouchTM capacitive touch sensing and dual I2C/SPI interfaces, along with “LF” versions featuring low power consumption via Microchip’s nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low-Power technology. Key features include a maximum frequency of 32 MHz, up to 7 KB Flash, up to 384 Bytes of SRAM, and an operating voltage of 1.8 to 5.5 V.

With Microchip’s enhanced mid-range architecture, the PIC16(L)F1826/7 MCUs provide a 50% increase in performance and 14 new instructions that make programming with the C language more efficient, resulting in up to 40% better code efficiency over previous-generation 8-bit PIC MCUs. In addition to the mTouch capacitive touch-sensing module and dual I2C/SPI interfaces, peripheral enhancements include enhanced PWM functionality, and a digital signal modulator that enables designers to customize communication interfaces, and combine many functions into a single MCU.

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