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Advanced Graphics Controller | Touch and Display Driver | USB

The PIC24F ‘DA’ family enables you to easily control touch-based displays while providing a variety of connectivity options to enhance functionality. The ‘DA’ family features a fully integrated advanced graphics subsystem for graphics acceleration and a display controller to directly drive displays up to 4.3" WQVGA with 480 × 272 resolution. This family integrates three dedicated graphic acceleration engines, each supporting a Direct Memory Access (DMA) interface to the frame buffer memory, effectively driving graphics performance in processing and rendering graphics objects, providing easy switching between fonts and languages and fast data or image decompression.

The integrated display controller is capable of directly driving almost any LCD display with an RGB or STN/CSTN interface, which includes a wide range of TFT, STN and some OLED displays. These features effectively create a complete graphical subsystem that is fully integrated on the same chip as the microcontroller (MCU), driving up to 640 × 480 (VGA) display resolution. The DA family is available in two RAM configurations, which can be used for internal frame buffering: 24 KB and 96 KB. With the Color Look-Up Table (CLUT), this integrated memory supports up to 256 colors from a possible 65,536 (16 bpp) palette to appear on the screen simultaneously without any external RAM components. The ability to compile and switch between color palettes is significant because it helps create an even more immersive user interface without imposing massive memory overheads.

In addition, the PIC24 ‘DA’ family comes with fully-integrated USB (host, device and On-the-Go), SPI, and UART interfaces, which makes it ideal for consumer, medical and industrial applications. These integrated features address the commercial issue of minimizing cost and number of components by integrating all of the additional hardware necessary to drive an LCD display. The PIC24F ‘DA’ family significantly lowers bill of material and system costs compared to configuring graphics subsystems using discrete display controllers and RAM, or more expensive displays with integrated controllers and/or frame buffers.

Key Features of the PIC24F ‘DA’ Family

Key Feature Description
Graphics Controller Three graphics hardware accelerators to facilitate rendering of block copying, text and unpacking of compressed data Color Look-Up Table (CLUT) with maximum of 256 entries
Display Interfaces
  • 4-, 8- and 16-bit monochrome Super-Twist Nematic (STN)
  • 4-, 8- and 16-bit color STN
  • 9-, 12-, 18- and 24-bit color Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT)
    • 18- and 24-bit displays are connected as 16-bit 5-6-5 RGB color format
Programmable Display Resolution using Frame Buffer Resolution supported is up to 480 x 272 @ 60 Hz, 16 bpp; 640 × 480 @ 30 Hz, 16 bpp or 640 × 480 @ 60 Hz, 8 bpp
USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) compliant, dual-role capable; can act as host or device
Flexible Peripherals Wide range of basic and specialized peripherals such Input Capture (IC)/Output Compare (OC)/Pulse-Width Modulators (PWMs), SPI, UART, I2C, Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU), comparator, Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) and Enhanced Parallel Master Port (EPMP)
Scalable Flash memories of up to 256 KB and up to 96 KB of RAM in packages available in 64-, 100- and 121-pin packages

MCUs Driving Displays

Are you looking to add newer, feature-rich and aesthetically pleasing interfaces to your products? Find out how our PIC24F DA family can get your design to market fast while lowering total system cost.

Target Applications


  • Thermostats
  • Cordless phones
  • Remote controls


  • Digital instrument gauges
  • Storage controls
  • Measurement terminals

Home Appliance

  • Coffee makers
  • Washing machines and dryers
  • Ovens/microwaves

Portable Medical

  • Glucometers
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Portable ECGs

PIC24F ‘DA’ Family Selection Guide

More information on each of the PIC24F ‘GC’ product rows can be viewed by clicking the “Sub-Family” name in the table below.

    Memory Integrated Analog Communication User Interface System Flexibility
Sub Family Pin Count Program Flash (KB) RAM (KB) ADC Resolution USB/I2S™ Parallel Port CTMU and mTouch® Technology GFX DMA
PIC24FJ256DA210 64–100 128–256
24–96 10

Parametric Charts

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Design Resources

Development Tools

A complete suite of tools is available to help get your design to market. Choose from low cost starter kits, fully featured development boards, free MPLAB® X IDE and MPLAB® XC Compilers as well as a range of debuggers.

Starter Kits and Microsticks

Starter kits and Microsticks contain a device with demonstration hardware and software and an integrated debugger allowing a designer to quickly evaluate the family features. Microsticks also plug into standard breadboard for prototyping. 

  • Digital Power Starter Kit: Allows the user to easily explore the capabilities and features of the dsPIC33F GS Digital Power Conversion family 
  • dsPIC33E USB Starter Kit: Demonstrations support USB Host and Device applications with dsPIC33E device
  • dsPIC33EV 5V CAN-LIN Starter Kit:  This USB-powered starter kit features the dsPIC33EV256GM106 with connections for CAN, LIN and SENT, as well as integrated programmer and debugger
  • Motor Control Starter Kit: Demonstrations support mTouch® Capacitive Touch technology and BLDC motor control 
  • PIC24F Starter Kit: Demonstrations support data logging, thumb drive and graphics on the PIC24F 

Development and Evaluation Boards

The Explorer 16/32 platform is the primary development board for 16-bit products. Explorer 16/32 is supplemented by numerous application-specific development boards including PICtail™ Plus boards and Click boards™ from MikroElektronika. 

Motor Control and Digital Power

Development boards for motor control and digital power applications range from simple starter kits to complete development platforms.

  • Digital Power Starter Kit: Allows the user to easily explore the capabilities and features of the dsPIC33F GS Digital Power Conversion family 
  • Low Voltage Motor Control Development Bundle: For evaluation of motor control application with 5V or dual motors
  • MCHV-2 Development Board: Provides a cost-effective method of evaluating and developing high-voltage sensored or sensorless Brushless DC (BLDC), Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) and AC Induction Motor (ACIM) applications 
  • MCLV-2 Development Board: Provides a cost-effective method of evaluating and developing low-voltage sensored or sensorless Brushless DC (BLDC) and Permanent Magnet Sychronous Motor (PMSM) applications 
  • Motor Control Starter Kit – Demonstrations support mTouch Capacitive Touch technology and BLDC motor control 

Emulators and Debuggers

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

Software Development Tools

The MPLAB® development ecosystem is a single tool chain supporting all PIC® microcontrollers and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers.


This single Integrated Development Environment (IDE) supports all PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs. It provides a single integrated "environment" to develop code for embedded microcontrollers. It includes a library of Microchip-validated code examples to get started right away and iIntegrates the MPLAB XC16 compiler while featureing "One Click" Make, Program, Debug/Execute operation.

MPLAB Code Configurator

This free graphical programming environment generates seamless, easy-to-understand C code. Using an intuitive interface, it enables and configures a rich set of peripherals and functions. It minimizes reliance upon the product data sheet and reduces overall design effort and time while accelerating generation of production-ready code.

MPLAB XC Compilers

MPLAB XC16 compilers provide a comprehensive solution for a project’s development software needs and comes in different optimization levels. It integrates with MPLAB X IDE to provide a full graphical front end. It can edit errors and create breakpoints to match the corresponding lines in source code. Single step through C and C++ source code to inspect variables and structures at critical points.

MPLAB Xpress Cloud-Based IDE

This online development environment contains the most popular features of our award-winning MPLAB X IDE. It is a perfect starting point for new users of PIC MCUs with no downloads, no machine configuration, and no waiting to get started. Join the MPLAB Xpress Community to share code, ideas and knowledge.

Application Notes

Title Download
AN1292 - Sensorless Field Oriented Control (FOC) for a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) Using a PLL Estimator and Field Weakening (FW) Download
TB3016 - Using the PIC MCU CTMU for Temperature Measurement Download
AN957 Sensored BLDC Motor Control Using dsPIC30F2010 Download
AN833 - Microchip TCP/IP Stack Application Note Download
AN1416 - Low-Power Design Guide Download
AN1375 - See What You Can Do with the CTMU Download
AN1299 - Single-Shunt Three-Phase Current Reconstruction Algorithm for Sensorless FOC of a PMSM Download
AN1279 - Offline UPS Reference Design Using the dsPIC DSC Download
AN1278 - Digital Power IPFC Reference Design Application Note Download
AN1229 - Class B Safety Software Library for PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs Download
AN1227 - Using a Keyboard with the Microchip Graphics Library Download
AN1207 - Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Topologies (Part II) Download
AN1182 - Fonts in the Microchip Graphics Library Download
AN1160 - Sensorless BLDC Control with Back-EMF Filtering Using a Majority Function Download
AN1145 - Using a USB Flash Drive with an Embedded Host Download
AN1144 - USB Human Interface Device Class on an Embedded Host Download
AN1142 - USB Mass Storage Class on an Embedded Host Download
AN1140 - USB Embedded Host Stack Download
AN1136 - How to Use Widgets in Microchip Graphics Library Download
AN1114 - Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Topologies (Part I) Download
AN1106 - Power Factor Correction in Power Conversion Applications Using the dsPIC® DSC Download
AN1095 - AN1095, Emulating Data EEPROM for PIC18 and PIC24 MCUs and dsPIC DSCs Download
AN1071 - IrDA Standard Stack for Microchip 16/32-bit Microcontrollers Download
AN1045 - File I/O Functions Using Microchip's Memory Disk Drive File System Library Download
AN1044 - Data Encryption Routines for PIC24 and dsPIC Devices Download
1368 - AN1368, Developing Graphics Appls using PIC MCUs w/Integrated Graphics Controller Download
AN1307 - Stepper Motor Control with dsPIC®️ DSCs Download
AN1189 - Implementing a Mass Storage Device Using the Microchip USB Device Firmware Framework Download


Title Download
16-bit Embedded Control Solutions Brochure Download
eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC® MCUs Brochure Download
16-bit Peripherals Quick Reference Guide Download
Motor Control and Drive Brochure Download

Code Examples

Title Download
CE003 Driving a BLDC with Sinusoidal Voltages Using dsPIC30F Download

Data Sheet

Title Download
dsPIC33CH128MP508 Family Data Sheet Download

The MPLAB® development environment is a single tool chain supporting all PIC® microcontrollers and dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers.

PIC24F DA Family