The newest family of PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. The PIC32MK family features four highly integrated MCUs for precision dual Motor Control applications (PIC32MK MC) and eight MCUs packed with serial communication modules for General Purpose (PIC32MK GP) applications. All MC and GP devices feature a 120 MHz 32-bit core that supports Digital Signal Processor (DSP) instructions. Additionally, to ease control algorithm development, a double-precision floating point unit is integrated into the MCU core enabling customers to utilize floating-point based modeling and simulation tools for code development.
“The PIC32MK family represents a continuation in the Microchip motor control lineup enabling traditional 8- and 16-bit customers to move to a 32-bit MCU for motor control while maintaining support through classic Microchip development tools,” said Rod Drake, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 business unit. “The family also has general purpose MCUs with an extensive array of serial communications modules ideally suited for the industrial space.”
With class-leading connectivity integration, the PIC32MK devices have up to four independent CAN 2.0 ports as well as six Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) modules, Local Interconnect Network (LIN) 1.2 and six Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) or Inter-IC Sound (I2S) modules. Additionally, two complete full-speed USB modules are included on select devices enabling simultaneous USB host and USB device to be active at the same time. A single MCU can be used to communicate to multiple bus protocols for reduced design complexity and cost, making PIC32MK devices ideal for dual-USB applications such as digital audio or CAN-based implementations in the automotive and industrial markets.
As with all PIC32 devices, the PIC32MK family is supported by Microchip’s MPLAB® Harmony Integrated Software Framework, MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), MPLAB XC32 Compiler for PIC32, MPLAB ICD 3 In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB REAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulation system. Several additional tools are available including:
- PIC32MK GP Connectivity Development Kit, part number DM320106, for $120.00
- PIC32MK Motor Control Plug-In Module (PIM), microchipDIRECT part number MA320024 ($25.00) compatible with dsPICDEM MCLV-2 Low Voltage Motor Control Kit part number DM330021-2 ($199.99).
The PIC32MK devices have peripheral block support for MathWorks® MATLAB® and Simulink® as well as open-source-based Scilab® for customers interested in numerical computation computing environments for engineering and scientific applications.
Pricing and Availability
Devices in the PIC32MK family are offered with up to 1 MB Flash and 256 KB SRAM in 64- and 100-pin TQFP and QFN packaging options. All devices are available today in volume production starting at $4.50 in 10K quantities.