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Microchip Makes Real-Time Power Monitoring and Code Optimization Affordable

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 4:20pm
WDD Staff

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) has announced the MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module, which enables designers to identify and eliminate code that consumes high current, in real time. Combined with the MPLAB REAL ICE in-circuit emulator and MPLAB X IDE, this development platform allows users to measure, graphically profile, and optimize code power consumption for all of Microchip’s more than 1000 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers. Additionally, it offers unsurpassed micro-Amp current measurement, with an overall dynamic range up to 1 Amp, and a voltage range of 1.25V to 5.5V. 

Embedded designers continue to seek new ways to optimize power consumption for both extended battery life and greater line-power efficiency. As MCU vendors and users have greatly reduced hardware power consumption—such as the 9 nA sleep and 30 µA/MHz active current consumption of Microchip’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC MCUs—application software is the next place for engineers to focus. Features include:

  • Programmable power to the target.
  • Sampling intervals, enabling users to run at specific voltage levels and see tailored measurements.
  • Measurements displayed graphically, via“Current Profile Graphing” feature.

For more information, visit www.microchip.com.

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