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24 Jan 2017, 9:35

Unlimited Possibilities of PIC and AVR Microcontrollers

You may think that MCU manufacturers now focus on 32-bit product lines and would not develop new 8-bit MCU anymore. The truth is they keep improving the 8-bit MCU series and incorporate the latest technologies to enhance system performance. Microchip has continued to expand the AVR product portfolio after the acquisition of Atmel in 2016 with the introduction of a new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR microcontrollers, ATtiny817 family.



  • Compact and feature-rich
  • Core independent peripherals
  • Peripheral touch controller
  • Peripheral event system
  • picoPower® Technology
  • The first 8-bit devices supported by Atmel START (intuitive, web-based code configuration tool)


Development Tools

ATtiny817 Xplained Mini Evaluation Kit RS Stock Number (125-9530)


A hardware platform with an on-board Mini Embedded Debugger (mEDBG) for evaluating ATtiny817, ATtiny816, ATtiny814, ATtiny417 microcontrollers. Includes Arduino shield compatible header footprints and is fully supported by START and Atmel Studio 7 software development tools.


Design Support

AVR and PIC Microcontrollers have dedicated and independent tools to streamline product development.

Atmel START is a web-based, code configuration tool that helps users graphically configure and deploy embedded software. There are lots of Atmel START example codes available for embedded programmers.

Find more resources in Atmel Studio 7

Other than AVR MCUs, Microchip also keep the development and support to the classic PIC microcontrollers.

PIC Microcontrollers also have many design support tools including MPLAB Xpress (Cloud-Based IDE), MPLAB Code Configurator (graphical programming environment) and MPLAB Xpress forum.


Applications Examples

You can also find lots of application notes, reference designs and a getting started guide on the Microchip website.

Pizoelectric Micropump Driver Reference Design


This reference design implements a basic driver circuit for driving a piezoelectric micropump with flow control as an example of fluid delivery. The system includes a control board using a PIC16F1719 8-bit microcontroller, a high voltage driver board, and an mp6 Piezoelectric Diaphragm Micropump. To read more details of this design, see the App Notes below.


Ultrasonic Range Detection

This reference design demonstrates the use of PIC microcontroller Core Independent Peripherals (CIP) in ultrasonic range detection applications. The feature peripherals of Microchip’s PIC16F176X family enable the ultrasonic range detection to calculate the distance traveled by the ultrasonic signal with minimum intervention from its CPU.
To read more details of this design, see the App Notes below.

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24 Jan 2017, 9:35