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8-Bit MCUs

Real-Time Control with 8-bit PIC® and AVR® MCUs

Whether you’re sequencing a system startup or building a closed-loop control application, finding a real-time control solution that bolsters your design’s performance is crucial. The Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) found on Microchip’s PIC® and AVR® microcontrollers (MCUs) are the perfect options to offload timing-critical and core-intensive functions from the Central Processing Unit (CPU). By adding one of these 8-bit MCUs to your design, you can achieve unmatched responsiveness, increase system reliability and reduce the amount of Interrupt Service Routine (ISR) code you need to generate by offloading the CPU.

  • Core Independent Peripherals boost system responsiveness and determinism
  • Integrate logic and automate task handling outside the core with custom logic peripherals
  • Improve safety-critical applications with features aimed to increase robustness and reliability
  • Advanced peripherals reduce the amount of Interrupt Service Routines (ISRs) you need to write

Custom Logic

Apply customized logic without expanding application size through the Configurable Logic Cell (CLC) and Configurable Custom Logic (CCL) peripherals. These on-chip custom logic peripherals eliminate the need for complicated logic design work and enable data processing outside of the core.

Advanced Peripherals

Core Independent Peripherals improve system responsiveness and determinism. CIPs also allow the CPU to execute more complex tasks, such as Human Machine Interface (HMI) control algorithms, and remain in a low-power mode to conserve power until processing is required.

Safety Critical

Add robustness and reliability to your design by utilizing the built-in features of these MCUs, such as the Windowed Watchdog Timer (WWDT), the Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) and fault detection using the Event System. The Voltage Level Monitor (VLM), Brown-Out Detector (BOD) and Power-On Reset (POR) enable further system safety.


Find the 8-bit PIC or AVR MCU that’s right for your real-time control application by browsing our featured family listings below or explore all our families based on your preferred architecture.

PIC18F Q10 Family

With integrated Intelligent Analog, configurable peripherals and 5V operation for increased noise peripherals, the PIC18F Q10 family of MCUs is optimized for robust, real-time control.

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Featuring a low-power capacity AVR core and intelligent hardware peripherals, the ATmega4809 MCU is engineered for real-time control.

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Designed to support a wide range of general-purpose and low-power applications, the flexible PIC16F15386 product family features Intelligent Analog, Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) and eXtreme Low-Power (XLP) technology.

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PIC Microcontroller Families

Streamline designs with the industry's most capable and easy-to-use 8-bit MCUs.

AVR Microcontroller Families

Reduce your development time with the industry’s most code-efficient architecture.