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Expanding MCU family

Integrated floating point unit series

Microchip announced a series within its PIC32MZ family of 32-bit micro-controllers. It features an integrated hardware floating point unit (FPU) for high performance and lower latency in intensive single and double-precision math applications.

The added series integrates CAN (Photo: Microchip)

THE NEW 48-MEMBER PIC32MZ EF SERIES offers a 12-bit, 18 msps analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for a wide array of high-speed, wide-bandwidth applications. Additionally, the series supports a DSP instruction set. According to the company, this combination of DSP instructions, a double-precision FPU and a high-speed ADC improves code density, decreases latency, and accelerates performance in process-intensive applications.

The series is powered by Imagination’s MIPS M-Class core at 200 MHz/330 dmips and 3,28 Core Marks/MHz, along with dual-panel, live-update Flash (up to 2 MiB), large RAM (512 KiB) and the widest selection of connectivity peripherals in the PIC32 portfolio, including CAN, Ethernet, and USB interfaces. Many embedded applications are adding better graphics displays, and the PIC32MZ EF, in the LCCG configuration, can support up to a WQVGA display without the added cost of external graphics controllers. An optional, hardware crypto engine is also available with a random number generator for high-throughput data encryption/decryption and authentication.

“The PIC32MZ EF is the second-generation series within our popular PIC32MZ family of high-performance MCUs,” said Rod Drake, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 Division. “This series’ higher performance, floating point unit, larger Flash, connectivity options, and rich peripheral set will help embedded developers address the increasing demands of high-end and next-generation applications. Additionally, our MPLAB Harmony Integrated Software Framework will help accelerate software integration, product-development cycles and time to market.”

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