|[June 24, 2014]
Microchip Expands XLP Low-Power PIC® Microcontroller Portfolio With Integrated Hardware Encryption Engine
CHANDLER, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
Microchip Technology (News - Alert) Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today
announced from the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL the expansion of its
eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC24F
"GB2" family. This new family features an integrated hardware
crypto engine, a Random Number Generator (RNG) and One-Time-Programmable
(OTP) key storage for protecting data in embedded applications. The
PIC24F "GB2" devices offer up to 128 KB Flash and 8 KB RAM (News - Alert) in small 28-
or 44-pin packages, for battery-operated or portable applications such
as "Internet of Things" (IoT) sensor nodes, access control systems and
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Several security features are integrated into the PIC24F "GB2" family,
to protect embedded data. The fully featured hardware crypto engine,
supporting the AES, DES and 3DES standards, reduces software overhead,
lowers power consumption and enables faster throughput. This is another
example of Microchip's Core Independent Peripherals, which can run with
no CPU supervision. Also, a Random Number Generator creates random keys
for data encryption, decryption and authentication, to provide a higher
level of security. For additional protection, the One-Time-Programmable
(OTP) key storage prevents the encryption key from being read or
overwritten. These security features increase the integrity of embedded
data without sacrificing power consumption. With XLP technology, the
"GB2" family achieves 180 �A/MHz Run currents and 18 nA Sleep currents,
for very long battery life in portable applications.
For connectivity, the "GB2" family integrates USB for device or host
connections, as well as a UART with ISO7816 support, which is helpful
for smart card applications. With these features, the PIC24F "GB2"
devices protect embedded data while conserving power and maximizing
battery life, all in packages as small as 28-pin QFN for medical/fitness
applications (e.g., pedometers, wearable fitness, handheld devices),
computer applications (e.g., PC peripherals, printers, portable
accessories) and industrial applications (e.g., security door locks,
access control systems, security cameras, POS terminals, smart card
readers, heat/gas meters, IOT sensor nodes). Microchip also has a
flexible range of certified wireless modules for Wi-Fi®,
ZigBee (News - Alert)®, Bluetooth® and Bluetooth Low Energy,
making it easy to add wireless connections to a PIC24 "GB2" application.
"With Internet of Things growing at a rapid rate, protecting embedded
data and extending battery life are not an option, but a necessity,"
said Joe Thomsen, vice president of Microchip's MCU16 Division. "Our
latest eXtreme Low Power family, combined with Microchip's embedded
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions, enable low-power wireless connectivity to
Internet-connected things. Designers achieve faster throughput, lower
BOM cost, secure data and very long battery life."
The PIC24F "GB2" family is supported by Microchip's standard suite of
world-class development tools, including the Explorer
16 Development Board (part # DM240002, $129.99), PIC24FJ128GB204
Plug In Module for USB (part # MA240037, $25.00), PIC24FJ128GA204
Plug In Module for non-USB (part # MA240036, $25.00) and USB
PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164131, $60.00). In
addition, wireless connections can be added using one of Microchip's
Wireless PICtail Daughter Boards, including the WiFi
PICtail Development Board (part # RN-171-PICtail, $39.95), and Bluetooth
LE PICtail/PICtail Plus (part # RN-4020-PICtail, $49.00).
Pricing & Availability
Product variants are available with USB (PIC24FJXXXGB2XX) and
without USB (PIC24FJXXXGA2XX). The PIC24FJ128GB204,
PIC24FJ64GB204, PIC24FJ128GA204 and PIC24FJ64GA204 are offered in 44-pin
TQFP and QFN packages. The PIC24FJ128GB202, PIC24FJ64GB202,
PIC24FJ128GA202 and PIC24FJ64GA202 are available in 28-pin SOIC, SSOP,
SPDIP and QFN packages. All of these new MCUs are available today for
sampling and volume production, starting at $1.30 each in volume.
For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative
or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's website at http://www.microchip.com/get/GNUT.
To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT
or contact one of Microchip's authorized distribution partners.
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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing
low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to
market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding
technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more
information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/FM3N.
Note: The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered
trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other
countries. PICtail is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in
the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned
herein are the property of their respective companies.
Tags / Keywords: Embedded
Low Power, XLP,
Power MCU, Secure
Key Storage, AES
Sensor Node, Internet
of Things Sensor Node, Data
Data Transfer, Embedded
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