Microchip announces the expansion of its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC24F ‘GA3’ family, which features the industry’s lowest active current for 16-bit Flash MCUs, as well as several flexible new low-power sleep modes.
The PIC24F ‘GA3’ devices feature 150 microamperes/MHz active current, as well as six DMA channels, which allow a routine to be executed with less power consumption and increased throughput. The family offers a new low-power sleep mode with RAM retention down to 330nA. Additionally, these are the first PIC MCUs with VBAT for battery backup of the on-chip real-time clock calendar. With these features, plus an integrated LCD driver and numerous other peripherals, the PIC24F ‘GA3’ devices enable more efficient, less expensive designs for consumer thermostats, door locks and home automation; industrial products such as security, wired and wireless sensors and controls; portable medical devices and medical diagnostic equipment; and metering products in addition to other applications.