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Are you ready to unleash your creativity? Available in a number of our 8-bit microcontroller (MCUs) families, Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) are designed to implement a variety of functions and applications that don’t need constant interaction with the Central Processing Unit (CPU). Because CIPs can enable many simultaneous functions in a single MCU, you can use a smaller and less expensive device to implement complex control systems and create innovative designs. These blocks of configurable hardware intelligence require little to no code, consume minimal power and are much smaller than the RAM or Flash needed to implement the same functions in software.

What Are the Key Benefits of CIPs?


Once initialized in a system, CIPs  can provide steady-state closed-loop embedded control with zero intervention from the MCU’s core. The CPU can then be idled or put into SLEEP mode to save system power.

Free Up the CPU 

CIPs are smartly interconnected to allow near-zero latency sharing of data, logic inputs or analog signals without additional code or interrupting the CPU. This frees the CPU to perform other system tasks and reduces Flash memory consumption.

Significant Savings

By taking the load off the CPU, CIPs allow smaller, lower-power PIC MCUs to perform extremely complex tasks, such as high-power lighting control and communication. They replace off-board discrete components to reduce your BOM costs.

What Special Features and Functions Does Your Application Need?

Our Quick Reference Guides provide a quick overview of the Intelligent Analog, waveform control, logic and math, safety and monitoring, communications, user interface and low-power and system flexibility peripherals available on our families of PIC and AVR MCUs.