Lowest power PIC32 family features core-independent peripherals

June 28, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Microchip’s latest PIC32MM family of MCUs for consumer, industrial control and motor control applications has a number of core-independent peripherals, Microchip’sterms for functional blocks that can operate and interoperate autonomously without waking the processor core, to save power.

The PIC32MM family bridges the gap between the company’s PIC24F XLP and PIC32MX families. The devices are supported by the Microchip MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) to help simplify and accelerate designs: they support applications with power and size constraints, with sleep modes down to 500 nA and 4 x 4 mm package options.


Core independent peripherals include Configurable Logic Cells (CLC) and Multiple-output Capture Compare PWMs (MCCPs) which help enable sensorless BLDC motor-control applications.


To help accelerate evaluation and development, a PIC32MM processor plug-in module is available (MA320020) priced at $25, which plugs into the Explorer 16 Development Board (DM240001) priced at $129.99. The entire family of PIC32MM devices is supported by the Microchip MPLAB ecosystem including MPLAB X IDE and XC32 compiler. The MPLAB Code Configurator, a plug-in to the MPLAB X, helps with easy peripheral set-up, device configuration and pin mapping.


For a limited time, designers can buy a PIC32MM PIM (MA320020) for $25, and get an Explorer 16 board (DM240001) for $89.99, a $40 saving. The PIC32MM comes in 20-pin QFN and SSOP; 28-pin µQFN, QFN, SOIC, SSOP, SPDIP; 36-pin QFN; and 40-pin uQFN packaging. Devices are available in 16 kB, 32 kB, and 64 kB Flash variants.


Microchip; www.microchip.com/PIC32MM