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    Default New PIC18FxxQ43 Family Moves Software Tasks to Hardware

    In microcontroller based system design, software is often the bottleneck for both time to market and system performance. By offloading many software tasks to hardware, Microchip Technology Inc.ís next generation PIC18-Q43 family helps developers bring higher performing solutions to market faster.

    PIC18FxxQ43 Product Family
    PIC18FxxQ43 data sheet

    Operates at 1.8 to 5 volts all up to 64 MHz max including use of internal OCC.
    Pinned packages include 28 pin to 40 pin.
    12-bit ADC
    16-bit PWM
    Direct Memory Access (DMA) capabilities
    Configurable Logic Cells (CLCs)

    This may be the first new 8 or 16 bit PIC in a year.

    New PIC's are usually supported by PDS sometime after the final product is out due to changes Microchip may make.

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    Unfortunately, that is essentially what the PIC microcontrollers already have. They are now calling on-board peripherals something with more buzz. i.e. exaggerations of the truth.

    This is the dreadful text from their advert page:

    The PIC18-Q43 product family combines our most popular, versatile and easy-to-use Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) with advanced interconnection capabilities for effortless hardware customization. These microcontrollers (MCUs) are equipped with Direct Memory Access (DMA), Configurable Logic Cells (CLCs), 16-bit PWMs, a 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter with Computation (ADCC) and multiple communication interfaces. This combination of peripherals simplifies the creation of customized hardware-based functions, improves system response and reduces the number of external components and code development time. They are well suited for a wide range of real-time control applications including industrial control, consumer, automotive, motor control, capacitive touch sensing and Internet of Things (IoT).
    Can you see any differences to the existing 18F devices? But a lot of people will fall for the B#ll Sh#t advertising and the buzz words.

    Also, you cannot offload the software purely to the hardware peripherals, because they are not automamous and need full software maintanance and control!

    Looking at the datasheet for these devices shows that they are actually lesser devices than most of the current devices available, apart from some of them that have 8K of RAM, but so do the current 18FxxK42 devices! Why on earth would they make more and more and more of the same, or worse, stuff currently available? This shows, without a shadow of a doubt, that Sales execs control the industries now because they know people have very little "real" knowledge and can't be bothered to actually learn or read fully, so they buy what is advertised as "great". So sad..... And I never thought I'd see this type of mass behaviour increasing in my lifetime. I always thought people would actually become more intelligent and actually want to learn and understand, but the reverse is happening and will only get worse over time. :-(
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    Hello
    Its the Sports Model with the "racing stripe"added.
    Gary

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    Default Re: New PIC18FxxQ43 Family Moves Software Tasks to Hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by top204 View Post
    Why on earth would they make more and more and more of the same, or worse, stuff currently available?
    I wonder if it is just so they can say look, we've got a new device out to give the appearance of innovation where there really is none as ultimately there is only so much new you can actually do.

    I'm sure the same thing happens with golf clubs, how much more innovation can there really be? I recently tried to order a new set of clubs and they did not have the parts for all of them, when looking at a suggested replacement for the clubs they did not have the parts for the tech was presented was slightly different but the spec's are identical. I haven't tried them yet but I am sure they are the same clubs, just in new clothes and a new name so the manufactures can go look at our "new" gear.

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