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Microchip Technology Introduces New 16-bit Digital Signal Controller

May 22, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) announced the production rollout of its 16-bit product portfolio with a new dsPIC(R) Digital Signal Controller (DSC) that offers designers a performance speed of 30 million instructions per second (MIPS), self-programming capabilities via Flash memory, and industrial and extended temperature ranges. The dsPIC30F6015 DSC features an advanced pulse-width modulation (PWM) peripheral designed for power-conversion, motor-control and lighting applications, an associated 1 million samples per second (MSPS) 10-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converter, 144 Kbytes of Flash program memory and can operate at full speed using an internal oscillator (no crystal required). This DSC is offered in a 64-pin TQFP package, and is ideal for applications that drive power FETs and require advanced algorithmic processing.

"We realize that many of our customers are making platform decisions," said Rich Hoefle, marketing manager for Microchip's Digital Signal Controller Division. "With over 70 announced 16-bit products and more on the way, designers can select from Microchip's wide range of 16-bit MCUs and DSCs. Since all devices share compatible instruction sets, peripherals, pinouts and development tools, designers can minimize development time while retaining an optimal product selection for the application."

"The dsPIC30F6015 was developed for customers who want a software-and pin-compatible memory expansion from the dsPIC30F5015 DSC," said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip's Digital Signal Controller Division. "Our customers count on us to provide superior migration options. That is often a significant factor in their decision to select Microchip's broad 16-bit lineup and adds confidence that we can meet their migration needs."

The dsPIC30F6015 incorporates Microchip's Enhanced Flash self-programming capability, which permits a remote upgrade to the Flash program memory, allowing code revisions in end users' applications. The dsPIC30F6015 is available today in 64-pin TQFP packages for general sampling. Pricing starts at $7.98 each in 10,000-unit quantities.