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    Having developed a time Machine I decided to see what Microchip would be doing in five years, well many things will change so I compiled a list.


    Microchip will now be in short order have only one chip per series 10F, 12F, 16F Etc. With 8 to 64 pins per class. When you get your Chip it will be pre programed to act like whatever Chip you ordered and all of the configuration will be done internally.
    Microchip will have a monthly fee to use MPLAB.
    Polarity protection on the Power pins.
    Pickit5 will be rolled out with the complete bricking of the 2. 3 and 4.
    Completely adjustable internal clock from max to 1 Khz. in 1 Khz. steps
    Addition of Hall effect sensor in the chip for speed sensing.
    A implantation called passthrough, a hardware link between pins to allow direct link to two pins, note this will allow easier PCB design.
    The phasing out of the 12F chips as they will all be 16F 8 pin.
    A IR phototransistor with IR LED will be implemented into the top if the chip to allow for programming by holding a IR transmitter over the top of it.
    Chip names have gotten so long they no longer put the name on chips only a 8 bit number that you go to the website to look up.
    A 14 pin chip with a 1,5,10,15 and 20 Amp. Current sensor built in.
    A new data format called MchipD that is four pins ,two data pins, clock and latch.
    A 0.1 uf. capacitor on the power pins will now be internal.
    An internal ROM with 256 bit security code will be implemented to allow only Licensed programmers to be used.
    Arduino will now be a Microchip product.
    Microchip will open up a Plant in Canada so when you burn out a chip the Magic smoke will have a Maple syrup smell.
    A Microchip 16 Bit I/O expander chip, MEMS Or Thermometer sensor will have a two wire interface and will act just as a direct port on the Master chip using a SFR.
    The chips will now come in stunning new bright Colors, Hot Cherry is the new black.
    The MCLR pin will be eliminated and is now a I/O pin. as any pin can be configured as MCLR.
    A new function is a 24 bit Voltage sensor and a low current , 0 t0 20 MA. Current sensor.
    Buffer on DAC output will give you rail to rail at 20 ma.
    The new 16F chips will be 16 bit but with the look and feel the standard 16F chips with faster speed and more memory.
    A 128 bit specialized memory section will record all failures like stack overflow,brown out, clock issues Etc.
    Security on the new chip when after programming and setting it up will wipe out the memory if any attempt is made to access programming mode.
    NCO will now also do sine waves.
    Elimination of all Dip and SOIC chips.


    This is some I posted years ago in the Lounge.
    I am supprised at a few of them, Who knows.



    Microchip will add the smallest chips in the industry, you will have to bond your own wires on the die.
    A sixty second addressable sound recorder will now be on some of the new chips so you will no longer need to have just beeps.
    Random words will be added to the SFR diagrams to make them even more confusing.
    Speaking of SFR’s they are thinking of having a chip that can be fully programmed by the SFR’s
    Because of the influence of the Auto industry, chips will now have names like, Grand Marque, Electra, Dart, Mustang, Fury and Bronco, I would stay away from the Pinto.
    Because Random is so hard to generate on a Pic, Microchip will offer a new chip that generates a Random number each millisecond and will at that rate only repeat every five years.
    Seeing that C is falling out of favor, the chips will now be listed as Basic optimized.
    Microchip will be first in the industry to offer a SIP version.
    32 bit FPGA’s will be the next thing incorporated into the new chips.
    An independent hobbyist will come out with a version of MPLAB that will blow the doors off the Microchips version.
    Rumor has it Microchip is experimenting with a built in super cap.
    18F chips will be cut to just a few allowing the new 18F enhanced versions.
    The 10F chips have been so popular they will be changed over to 16 bit with 32K of memory.
    The first printed chip will debut, built on a very thin film that will use conductive glue to bond it to your board.
    All pins can be configured so DC power so you can feed from anywhere.
    Chips can be ordered preprogrammed with a pre testing program in them.
    A four bit chip called Dinky will be used when you want to just flash a LED or other small logic jobs.
    Microchip will increase its dissipation to 50 ma. Per pin and 500 ma. per chip.
    A new command will allow complete linking of all ports so you can have a 16, 24, 32, 40 etc parallel output.
    EEPROM will be totally be replaced by Flash.
    No one person will be able to know how to program more than one chip and will now be known as a Specialist for only one chip.


    1. Microchip will develop the first biodegradable chip.
    2. Two pins on a Pic can be configured that will send the data out of up to seven selectable registers to a custom LCD display from Microchip.
    3. Microchip will unveil the super small pickit4 all self contained and Moulded on the end of a USB cable.
    4. The new 64 pin chips are slated to have, USB, SPI, I2C, Firewire, Thunderbolt, RS232, RS485, RF out, RF in, Timer 1,2,3,4, IR Data out and in, X10, A to D, D to A, CCP, Logic, 555, Voltage regulator, 64 step selectable Internal occ two stage 32 and 64 MHZ. Resistor and Capacitor pins, Comparator and Op Amp, LCD drivers, LED drivers,RTC, Temperature, NPN, PNP, MOSFET, FET, SCR Transistors,Touch, VCO, CWG, Voltage reference, two sleeps, three watchdogs, 24 VDC tolerant pins. NCO. Diode, CAN, Direct Programmable back up battery control. All pin wake up and interrupts. Programmable resettable fuse, sine wave generator, Level shifter, and buffer, You will soon need only one chip and no other parts on your board.
    5. A new 10F100 chip will have .146K of Program Memory and .12 K of Ram
    6. Microchip will develop a standard Hard Drive port on there 32F series.
    7. A 12F chip will be configured as a RTC direct 1307 drop in replacement or as a 12F chip.
    8. The 64F series are now being developed.
    9. Errata will be written before the chip is produced.
    10. Microchip will introduce a new SIP package for there low pin count chips
    11. Pics will soon be so complicated that no one will really knows how they work, I think they already are!


    1. Chip will come with a 2 + 8 alphanumeric miniature LCD display on the top of the dip with direct register outputs to it.
    2. Fiber optic port built in to some dip packages.
    3. A double set of smoke will be included so when you let the smoke out it will keep running until next time.
    4. Buffalo semiconductor will buy Microchip so the new name will be Buffalo Chips!
    5. Microchip will build a 8 bit chip with tubes to cash in on the retro thing.
    6. New function outputs will be AM, FM, HDTV, and SSB.
    7. Voltage regulation will allow any power supply voltage up to 24 VDC.
    8. Errata sheets will be eliminated as no one reads them until after the design is finished anyway.
    9. One of the new chips will have voice out on one pin with preprogrammed words such as “overheating, overflow, memory full, need input, low supply, port(x) xxh, danger William ”.
    10. Implementation of random wake up and reset to keep them guessing.
    11. They will finally change the A4 pin in the 18 pin 16F chips to full I/O.
    12. Implementation of weak pull down or pull up on ports
    13. Op amps will be on of the new Modules.
    14. New development will be able to generate a resistor, diode or capacitor between two pins.
    15. A 64 bit security code will be incorporated in to all the new chips.
    16. WIFI will be included internally.
    17. They will produce the first 32 voltage Analog chip.
    18. Current sensing Hall effect will be a new feature as well as a Compass.


    1. Partner with Proton and list them on their site.
    2. The new 5F four pin devices 8 bit with 64 MHZ Internal clock 16 K Flash.
    3. Incorporate new Assembly commands of NOP10 (no operation 10 times),
    NOP100 (no operation 100 times),
    4. Add a new peripheral called ANAGEN that will generate a filtered analog output from 1 HZ. to 100 KHZ.
    5. Another new peripheral will be WORDPORT, this will produce a direct 16 bit output to the B and C Ports.
    6. A new pinout will be a 1KHZ. and 100 KHZ. Output time base .001%
    7. A internal supercap will keep the chip running in sleep mode for a full week.
    8. One chip will have 50K of flash and be set up for data logging.
    9. An internal small separate processor and flash memory will log all resets and error conditions.
    10. Microchip will offer T Shirts that say “Eight bit is alive and well”.
    11. All the 16F chips will now have four digits after the F.
    12. A new series will allow power input to be from 24 VDC. to 1.3 VDC. With 24 Volt tolerant pins.
    13. A new chip will have internal Blue LEDs and a clear case to make it look way cool.
    14. New pins will have current limiting built in for direct driving of LEDs.
    15. Chip PDF files will now reach the 1000 page mark.
    16. PWM will now be part of the NCO.
    17. New eight bit chips will move up to the 32 Bit timers.
    18. All pins will be movable to other pins except MCLR and power.
    19. Microchip will bring back the Round chip.
    20. A new feature called DCLD (Direct chip link data) will link two chips together and will allow direct communication between them.
    21. More Lawyers will be hired to write the PDF. chip manuals.
    22. One chip will have a 32 X 32 low resolution image sensor built in.
    23. A new innovation in programming would be five metallic spots on top of the chip to allow programming without accessing the pins.




    1. The new chips will have one red LED incorporated on top of the chip, if there is a hardware or software problem the LED will go on.
    2. They will be bringing to market the 13F series of chips, 13 bit chip.
    3. Some chips will have PWH incorporated in them, this is pulse hight modulation.
    4. All the chips will be updated so one half have all inputs and one half have all outputs Marketing thinks this will double sales.
    5. EEPROM will be a thing of the past, as this was cutting into there standalone EEPROM market.
    6. The print on the chips will be made smaller to save on ink.
    7. With the popularity of the chips with the built in logic they will now offer chips with RTL ( Resistor Transistor Logic) built in.
    8. Some chips will have extra features built in and for a small fee you can download the unlock code.
    9. Dip and SOIC will be fazed out as no home lab person now will ever amount to anything other than a few chips.
    10. The watchdog will no longer be called Watchdog but called Bowser.
    11. The internal clock on the chips will be able to go down to 1 Hz for that extreme low power application.
    12. The larger chips will come with a 256 bit counter.
    13. All new chips will require a code to lock the memory, China will have all these codes.
    14. MPLAB will now be updated daily with changes to confound all other compilers but HI-Tec C
    15. Microchip secretly using Proton in house.


    I checked again, it said Microchip will consider making four pin four bit chips with eight bits of flash.
    they will hire Dave Jones as the Company spokesman, and Les will build a universal program that will do 8, 16 and 32bit, the very next day Microchip will make changes to all there chips making programming impossible.
    future, I see that Microchip will be building in a receiver that will allow programming by near field, (passing a transmitter pad over the chip).
    And some of the new chips will have Gyro, Compass and Accelerometers built in.
    They will build a dual chip with common power supply and programming.
    One new chip will have 150 ma. Output per pin with 12, 5, and 3 volt operation.
    A new one will have analog waveform output from .1 to 65KHZ.
    And one with 10 16 bit PWM out frequency independent.
    I see Microchip moving away from dip and soic. But a occupy microchip group (kinda looked like mostly old guys) camped out for a month in front of there building and changed there mind.
    They will be the first to build the first three pin TO92 Microcontroller.
    There next move is a chip that will run Windows 8.
    Microchip will buy Proton and get rid of its C compiler.
    Happy April Fools day
    Gary



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    Unfortunately, Microchip do very little development these days. They simply buy other companies designs and products and market them as their own. They are now a buyer of things, because that's where the money is. Forget actual development or creativity!

    And, unfortunately, that is what is happening all over the technical marketplace, so actual creativity is slowing down very much. Each marketeer uses the original manufacturer's reference designs and software, even though they are full of flaws, and markets them as if they have created something new! Just look at modern equipment for examples of how bad software and electronics has become and design. The marketeer doesn't quite understand how the original software worked, and doesn't have the expertese to understand the original electronic design, so they make changes that actually make things worse! I know it is a negative, but it is a spiral down in quality that has happened for the past 10 years or so. Then you get the Chinese and Asian rubbish that is so full of anomalies but it's cheap so marketeers don't care, all they want is Money, and they know publicity will get the sheep buying!
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