Microchip Microcontrollers

With their heritage in embedded microcontrollers, and having taken over the Atmel portfolio of devices in 2016, Microchip offers a broad range of 32-bit products suitable for almost every industry sector. Their family of Cortex®-M products cover the needs of less demanding applications through their Baseline Family, deliver more performance and functionality in their Mid-Range Family, with the High Performance Family rounding off the needs of the most demanding applications, especially in automotive.

Automotive Needs – Covered

Regardless of whether you need a smart touch interface for a vehicle’s comfort application, or are looking for a powerful solution for multimedia and CMOS image sensor inputs, Microchip has you covered.

At the lower end, the SAM DA microcontrollers, with their Cortex®-M0+ processing cores and up to 64Kbyte flash and 8Kbyte SRAM, are ideal for implementing capacitive touch human-machine interfaces (HMI), utilizing their hardware Peripheral Touch Controller (PTC), that can be connected to the LIN bus. Further application options are opened up by the one channel Inter-iC sound interface (I2S) and the full-speed USB 2.0 embedded host and device. Featuring the ARM® Coresight™ Micro Trace Buffer (MTB), iSYSTEM hardware and software can deliver simple program trace information and even code coverage during unit testing.

The powerful, Cortex®-M7 based SAM V family of microcontrollers are focused upon in-vehicle infotainment connectivity for audio amplifiers, telematic control units or head units. Connectivity is the focus here, with the SAM V devices featuring Ethernet AVB, MediaLB, TDM/I2S, High-Speed Host and Device USB and CAN-FD interfaces. Debug functionality, like other Cortex-M devices, is provided via the CoreSight Debug Access Port (DAP), with a hardware program trace implemented using the Enhanced Trace Macrocell (ETM). Limited data trace is also possible by leveraging the Instrumentation Trace Macrocell (ITM) together with the Data Watchpoint and Trace (DWT) unit.

Industrial, White Goods, Metering, Consumer – Done

The non-automotive qualified microcontrollers are ideally suited for a wide range of applications, including Motor Control, Industrial Automation, Capacitive Touch Interfaces, Metering and IoT Nodes and Gateways. These devices, including the SAM C, SAM D, SAM L, SAM4x, SAM G, SAM S and SAM E families provide everything from superior low-power performance (35µA/MHz), dual-bank flash memories for successful over-the-air application updates, to hardware-supported floating-point and DSP instruction sets. Naturally iSYSTEM’s development tool hardware and software support the integrated ARM® CoreSight™ debug and trace features so that you can ensure you can deliver your customers safer embedded system products.

iSYSTEM - Enabling Safer Embedded Systems

Regardless of the application or target microcontroller, or if you are using an evaluation board or your own prototype, iSYSTEM has a debugging solution to meet your needs. With our free integrated development environment (IDE) winIDEA Open, the on-board CMSIS-DAP debug interface, found on Microchip’s ‘Xplained’ range of evaluation boards, is an excellent way to get started. Simply develop your application code in the “Atmel Studio”, configure your peripheral and build your code. From there, it is simply a case of downloading the generated ELF file onto the target from within winIDEA Open to profit from the deep insights the winIDEA environment can offer. Additionally, it is also possible to start with on-chip testing of your application code using testIDEA. As soon as code trace or code coverage becomes an issue, you can upgrade to our range of BlueBox On-Chip Analyzers, as shown in the table below.

Family Cortex®-M Core Xplained Board
(CMSIS-DAP)
iC5000 iC5700 iC6000
SAM D M0+ (1)
SAM DA M0+ (1)
SAM L M0+ (1)
SAM C M0+ (1)
SAM3 M3 (1)
SAM4N M4 (1)
SAM4S M4 (1)
SAM4E M4F (1)
SAM4L M4 (1)
SAM G M4F (1)
SAMD5x M4F (1)
SAME5x M4F (1)
SAM S M7 (1)
SAM E M7 (1)
SAM V M7 (1)

(1) - Basic debugging supported only; no trace

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