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Microchip offers a broad range of "power-supply enabled/specific" microcontrollers and supporting power devices. While Traditional power supply designs use analog ICs with fixed functionality to provide regulated power, the Intelligent Power Supply integrates a PIC® Microcontroller (MCU) or dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) for a fully programmable and flexible solution. Using digital control to implement power conversion functions, developers can realize many benefits for their design and business. These are enabled by the ability to perform the power conversion control via reprogrammable software and the performance and features of our PIC MCU and dsPIC DSC solutions.

Lowers System Component Count

  • Valuable board space can be made available for magnetics and power components
  • Power supply control, regulation and protection functions can be incorporated into the same device
  • Auxiliary functions, such as fan control and data logging, are easily integrated

Allows Configuration
for Different Applications

  • Power supply becomes a platform solution for many different applications
  • Can easily be reprogrammed
  • Supports different output voltage levels, operating limits and control inputs
  • Reduces inventory overhead and the support required for multiple platforms

Increases System Efficiency

  • Can adapt to load changes to maximize efficiency by changing power supply switching frequency and control loop configuration
  • Monitor internal temperatures and enable cooling fans only when needed
  • Dynamically change control loop behavior for optimal system response
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Microchip's Digital Power devices with intelligent peripherals enable customers to design intelligent power supplies with higher efficiency and optimum performance at lower cost. Microchip provides its customers an additional value by cutting down their time-to-market with reference designs, hardware development tools and ready-to-use, royalty-free software.

MPLAB® Starter Kits

Starter KitsStarter kits contain a device with demonstration hardware and software, an integrated debugger and a copy of MPLAB® IDE, allowing a designer to quickly evaluate a silicon and software solution.

Digital Power Starter Kit - Allows the user to easily explore the capabilities and features of the dsPIC33F GS Digital Power Conversion family

Reference Designs & Development Boards
Software Tools

Development and Evaluation BoardsThe MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a single tool chain supporting all PIC® microcontrollers and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers.

MATLAB blockset

MPLAB® IDE - Single Integrated Development Environment supports all PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs

MPLAB® XC Compilers - Full featured MPLAB® XC Compilers with free downloads available

3rd Party RTOS - RTOS supporting Microchip PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs

Software Tools - Supplemental software tools for 16-bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs

Programmers/Debuggers

Development and Evaluation BoardsThe debuggers and programmers work across all PIC® MCU platforms, are USB powered and are fully integrated with MPLAB® IDE with features ranging from basic debugging to advanced emulation capability.

MPLAB® REAL ICE™ - Next generation high speed programmer and debugger with optional LVDS interconnect. The MPLAB REAL ICE Isolator enables connectivity to AC and High-voltage applications not referenced to ground.

MPLAB® ICD 3 - Cost effective high speed programmer and debugger

PICkit™ 3 In Circuit Debugger/Programmer - Low cost programmer and debugger

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