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Microchip Technology debuts low-cost 18-pin microcontroller with A/D, 2K program memory.

CHANDLER, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 1996--Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading supplier of 8-bit microcontrollers, serial EEPROMs and specialty nonvolatile memory products for embedded control applications, introduced today the PIC16C715 8-bit one-time-programmable (OTP) microcontroller for mixed-signal applications that are space constrained, highly complex and feature intensive.

The PIC16C715 brings affordable and accurate 8-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converter capabilities with 2048 words (2K x 14) of on-chip EPROM program memory and 128 bytes of RAM for data memory to applications requiring the execution of complex algorithms and control code.

The 18-pin PIC16C715 allows for full, affordable A/D converter capability in applications where microcontrollers with comparators were the only cost-effective solution. Existing PIC16C710 and PIC16C711 designs can easily be migrated up to the enhanced performance and capability of the PIC16C715, as well as moving down from the PIC16C72, while maintaining their code compatibility.

The PIC16C715 reduces external components and eases system design by offering a brown-out detect which resets the microcontroller when a low voltage situation has occurred and allows for easy system restart. The device's user-selectable parity bits can be used to monitor the contents of program memory for error conditions, allowing the system's software to act on the error.

The on-chip 4-channel 8-bit A/D converter eliminates the need for discrete A/D in embedded measurement applications. A/D data conversion time is 16 microseconds at 20 MHz.

The device features 35 powerful single-word instructions, 200 nanosecond single-cycle instructions, 3.0-5.5 operating voltage, 20 MHz maximum clock speed, power dissipation of less than 2 mA at 5 volts/4 MHz, four analog inputs and in-circuit serial programming.

Typical applications include motor control, instrumentation, environmental control, pointing devices, joystick control, windshield wiper control, car alarm, battery chargers, smart battery packs, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

"The affordable OTP capabilities offered by the PIC16C7XX family solve a range of critical business problems for our customers," said Damon Chu, Microchip's strategic marketing manager. "Engineering managers can react faster to code changes and reduce the time required to fix bugs or respond to special customer requests for changes. OTP also shortens the design verification cycle, which can be as long as 16 weeks with non-OTP-based devices.

"OTP and serial in-circuit programming address procurement issues by reducing and limiting work-in-progress liability and facilitating code revision," Chu explained. "Additionally, our Quick-Turn Programming (QTP) and Serialized Quick-Turn Programming (SQTP(SM)) programs can significantly shorten lead times by ensuring fast delivery of pre-programmed parts.

"Microchip's distributors stock OTP inventory, allowing customers to meet any up-side sales opportunities or accommodate engineering changes off the shelf."

Pricing in 1,000-unit quantities for the PIC16C715 is $3.44 each in commercial PDIP versions. The device is available in 18- and 20-pin windowed CERDIP, PDIP, SOIC and SSOP packages and commercial, industrial and automotive temperature versions.

Samples are available today with volume production scheduled for fourth quarter, 1996. Contact any authorized Microchip distributor or sales representative around the world for more information.

The PIC16C7XX family is supported by PICMASTER(R)-16K Universal Development System, the industry's most complete, fully-integrated programming development and emulation system. Operating in the Microsoft Windows(R) environment, the comprehensive PICMASTER-16K is available immediately for $2,490 without the PRO MATE(R) II device programmer ($3,345 with PRO MATE II).

The development system now features MPLAB(TM) Integrated Development Environment, which gives users the flexibility to edit, compile and emulate all from a single user interface -- at no additional cost. A CE-compliant version of PICMASTER is available for European applications.

Low-cost PIC16/17 MCU development options include ICEPIC, a low-cost in-circuit emulator system, and PICSTART(R) Plus, a development software suite and a programmer supported by assembler and simulator software tools.

Other PIC16C7XX support and development tools include PICSTART Lite, the MP-DriveWay(TM) Automatic Applications Code Generator, MPLAB-C compiler, fuzzy logic tools, programming support and a software simulator

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading supplier of field-programmable 8-bit microcontrollers, complementary ASSPs, serial EEPROMs and related specialty memory products, KEELOQ(R) code hopping devices and the QuickASIC(TM) family of masked ASICs for FPGA/CPLD conversions.

These products target high-volume embedded control applications in the consumer, automotive, office automation, communications and industrial markets. The company focuses on high volume applications that feature the industry's most economical OTP (one-time-programmable) as well as EEPROM and ROM memory capability.

The company is headquartered near Phoenix in Chandler, and operates wafer fabrication facilities in Chandler and Tempe, AZ. Assembly and test operations are performed in Taiwan, Thailand and other locations. Microchip employs approximately 1,600 people worldwide and has sales offices throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and North America. -0-

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Visit Microchip on the web: http://www.microchip.com.

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CONTACT: Microchip Technology Inc., Chandler

Damon Chu, 602/786-7539

Eric Sells, 602/786-7478

For Literature Inquiries, 602/786-7668
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