Microchip Offers Free PIC16F18446 8-bit MCU Development Boards

Microchip announced several PIC and AVR microcontrollers with “Core Independent Peripherals and Intelligent Analog” in February with respectively PIC16F18446 family of microcontrollers, and ATmega4809 megaAVR microcontrollers, with the latter to be integrated in the next generation of Arduino boards.

The company is now organizing a promotion for their PIC16F184xx product family where they give away a PIC16F18446 MPLAB Xpress evaluation board!

PIC1F18446 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Key features of PIC16F184 micro-controllers:

  • High-precision 32 MHz internal oscillator
  • 7 to 28 KB Flash program memory
  • 512 bytes to 2 KB of SRAM
  • 12-bit ADC with computation (ADC2), up to 24 channels
  • 5-bit DAC
  • eXtreme Low Power (XLP) with sleep currents down to 50 nA
  • IDLE and DOZE low power modes
  • Memory Access Partition (MAP)
  • Device Information Area (DIA)
  • Signal Measurement Timer (SMT)
  • Hardware Limit Timer (HLT)
  • Windowed Watch Dog Timer (WWDT)
  • Peripheral Pin Select (PPS)
  • Peripheral Model Disable (PMD)
  • Configurable Logic Cell (CLC)
  • Two comparators
  • Numerically Controlled Oscillator (NCO)
  • Zero Cross Detect (ZCD)
  • On-chip temperature sensor
  • 10-bit PWMs
  • Complementary Waveform Generator (CWG)
  • Data Signal Modulator (DSM)
  • EUSART, SPI, and I2C
  • Packages in 14- to 28-pins

The MCU family is supported by MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface to configure peripherals and part of MPLAB X IDE and the cloud-based MPLAB Xpress IDE. For a quick look at the latter, you could read my hands-on experience in Getting Started with MPLAB Xpress Board and Online IDE.

MPLAB Xpress PIC16F18446 Board – Click to Enlarge

If you want to play the MCU, you can get MPLAB Xpress PIC16F18446 evaluation board – now given away for a limited time – with the following specifications:

  • MCU – Microchip PIC16F18446 microcontroller with 2KB SRAM, 28KB flash memory
  • Expansion – 26-pin with GPIOs, I2C, UART, SPI, analog inputs, analog outputs,  debug interfaces, VCC and GND
  • Misc – Yellow user LED,  user button
  • nEDBG embedded debugger – Programming, Virtual COM port (CDC), and green board status LED.
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
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Further information about the board can be found on the product page, and you can apply with a free sample here.

Thanks to Theguyuk for the tip.

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