Microchip’s PIC18F “K42” Family of MCUs
Microchip announced its newest family of 8-bit MCUs: the PIC18F "K42". The family, comprised of 10 products, boasts the largest total memory of any 8-bit PIC MCUs.
Microchip announced its newest family of 8- to 16-bit MCUs: the PIC18F "K42". The family, comprised of 10 products, boasts the largest total memory of previously manufactured MCUs.
The PIC18F "K42" family of 8-bit MCUs includes a high-speed internal oscillator, analog peripherals, and direct memory access (DMA). The DMA controller enables data transfers between memory space and peripherals without CPU involvement. The PIC18F "K42" family is a good choice for a range of applications, including touch sensing, automotive, industrial control, IoT, and medical devices.
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Low-power operation is possible via doze, idle, and sleep modes (PDF). Products range from 16-128 kB of flash memory and contain up to 8 kB of RAM.
- 64 MHz Internal Oscillator
- Up to 128 kB Flash Program Memory
- Up to 1 kB Data EEPROM
- Up to 8 kB of SRAM
- Direct Memory Access (DMA)
- 12-bit ADC, up to 43 channels
- Windowed Watchdog Timer (WWDT)
- Up to three Complementary Waveform Generator (CWG) channels
- Four Configurable Logic Cells (CLC)
- Two Comparators
- Zero Cross Detect (ZCD)
- On-Chip Temperature Sensor
- Data Signal Modulator (DSM)
- 5-bit DAC
- Capacitive Voltage Divider (CVD) for Capacitive Touch Sense
- Up to four 10-bit PWMs
- Communication: UART, SPI, and I2C
- Available in 28-, 40-, and 48-pin packages
Like other Microchip products, the PIC18F "K42" family is supported by Microchip's MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface for hardware configuration, and the Curiosity platform. The MCC works alongside Microchip's other development environments: MPLAB X IDE and MPLAB Xpress IDE.