More applications require higher computational power in order to control a growing number of functions and rich feature sets in thousands of products. The digital signal control market combines the attributes of microcontrollers and digital signal processing to address embedded control applications.
The dsPIC family of digital signal controllers targets microcontrollerbased applications that require varied levels of digital signal processing capability. The dsPIC devices help close the performance gap between 16bit microcontrollers and lowend DSPs. The digital controllers are also an ideal solution for traditional 16bit microcontroller applications.
The dsPIC family provides DSP functionality in the familiar PICmicro microcontroller Integrated Design Environment (MPLAB®IDE), offering an easytoimplement solution to engineers familiar with microcontrollers.
The dsPIC family addresses the inherent differences between DSPs and microcontrollers. The dsPic family also provides a singlechip solution that can eliminate additional components that would be required for a similar design today, resulting in board space and system cost. With onboard DSP functionality in a high performance microcontroller architecture, the dsPIC family targets thousands of horizontal applications.
Applications that can utilize the advantages of digital signal controllers include: induction motors in HVAC, energy efficient motor control for white good appliances, Internetconnected appliances, automotive, feature telephones, digital answering machines, lowspeed software modems, line card, POS terminals, vending machines, biometric security, highend uninterruptible power supplies and power supply management.
The dsPIC family brings easytouse high performance DSP functionality and 16bit microcontrollers to the familiar PICmicro microcontroller architecture and design environment. The typical application for a dsPIC device is anticipated to achieve up to a 25x performance increase over most 8bit microcontrollers. Available in a variety of pin configurations, the dsPIC family is expected to be optimized for high level languages while featuring DSP functionality, a peripheral set and easytouse development tools.