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Microchip Releases Low-Power mTouch Capacitive Sensing Module

Microchip Technology declared that it has added a new on-chip, 12-bit ADC, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing module to its range of 16-bit eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs.

The eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs can be operated using a 5 V supply and are suitable for use in white goods, utility metering, medical, automotive and industrial applications. The PIC24F32KA304 MCUs are versatile products and do  not consume minimum power.

The PIC24F32KA304 family, which is an improvised version of the PIC24F16KA series, has 30% more RAM and higher Flash program memory. The intelligent mTouch sensing module of the PIC24F32KA304 MCUs comprises a Charge Time Measurement Unit that is capable of running an automated scan even in sleep mode, thus leading to reduced power consumption and greater battery power conservation.

The Vice president of Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division in Microchip, Mitch Obolsky stated that the PIC24F32KA304 family allows designers to include numerous application features without increasing energy consumption. Obolsky added that the XLP technology incorporated in the eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs allows low active and sleep currents, multiple wake-up sources, and additional devices, which function in sleep without CPU intervention.

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