Products, Materials + Tools | Oct 03, 2012

Microchip Expands dsPIC® DSCs Optimised for Lighting and Digital Power Applications

Microchip announces a new family of dsPIC33 “GS” Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33FJ09GS302 family is an expansion of Microchip’s dsPIC® DSC portfolio and adds lower-cost options for digital power conversion. The new family of DSCs also brings new features while lowering power consumption, enabling higher efficiency in AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies, HID and LED lighting, solar inverters and other power-conversion applications.

Key Features:
• New dsPIC33 “GS” DSC family enables full digital control for cost-sensitive power-conversion applications
• Optimised digital-power peripherals achieve streamlined interoperation to enable sub-microsecond digital control loops
• Smaller package options and lowest power dissipation of any “GS” DSC

The five-member dsPIC33FJ09GS302 family is optimised for digital-power applications via integrated high-speed ADCs, a zero-wait-state signal processing core, and flexible high-resolution PWMs.  These peripherals are integrated for streamlined interoperation, enabling sub-microsecond digital control loops.  Other key features of this family include on-chip analogue comparators with programmable hysteresis and rail-to-rail operation, and an on-chip PMBus™ address selection current source to reduce external components.  These new DSCs offer the lowest power dissipation of any of the GS family members and are the first available in a 20-pin SSOP package and the even smaller 36-pin VTLA package, which has a 5x5 mm footprint.

The dsPIC33FJ09GS302 family enables the efficiency of full digital control in more cost-sensitive, lower-wattage power-conversion applications.

The new MPLAB® Starter Kit for Digital Power (DM330017) priced at $129.00, also announced today, allows customers to explore digital power conversion using Microchip’s dsPIC33 “GS” architecture in popular digital power-conversion topologies.  The Kit includes a buck converter and a boost converter with onboard programmable loads for each, together with an LCD display for voltage, current, temperature and fault conditions.  

An onboard debugger/programmer with a USB interface is also included.  Microchip has a wide range of reference designs, demonstrating various digital power-conversion applications and topologies, such as the recently introduced ‘Platinum-rated 720W AC-DC’ and the ‘Enhanced Solar Microinverter’ reference designs.

Microchip’s full suite of standard development tools supports the dsPIC33FJ09GS302 family, including the MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment.  Additional resources are also available in Microchip’s Intelligent Power Design Centre.

All five members of the dsPIC33FJ09GS302 family are available today for sampling and volume production.  The dsPIC33FJ06GS001 and dsPIC33FJ06GS101A are offered in 18-pin SPDIP and SOIC, as well as in 20-Pin SSOP packages.  The dsPIC33FJ06GS102A, dsPIC33FJ06GS202A and dsPIC33FJ09GS302 are offered in 28-pin SOIC, SSOP, SPDIP and QFN, as well as in 36-pin VTLA packages.

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