MCU First To Integrate 2D GPU And DDR2 Memory

The 32-bit PIC32MZ DA microcontroller (MCU) family is described as the industry's first MCU with an integrated 2D Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and up to 32 MB of integrated DDR2 memory. This combination provides the ability to increase an application's color resolution and display size (up to 12 inches) with easy-to-use microcontroller (MCU) based resources and tools including the MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and MPLAB Harmony Software Framework. 

The PIC32MZ DA family bridges the graphics performance gap between MCUs and microprocessor units (MPUs) for customers who may wish to stay in the familiar design environment of an MCU. The devices provide MPU-like graphics capabilities with the seamless integration and programming model of Microchip's PIC32 and MPLAB IDE and Harmony software framework. These tools provide a visual graphics design environment, custom display driver creation, graphics libraries and an asset converter that can take a custom graphic and optimise it for their chosen display size. 

Features of the new devices include:

  • Three-layer graphics controller capable of driving 24-bit colour Super eXtended Graphics Array (SXGA) displays

  • High-performance 2D Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

  • 32 MB integrated SDRAM or 128 MB externally addressable SDRAM option providing expansive storage   

  • Ample on-chip Flash, SRAM and connectivity options 

Availability 

Devices in the PIC32MZ DA family are offered in a variety of package options including a 169-ball BGA, a 176-pin LQFP and a 288-ball BGA for external DDR2 applications. Devices in the family are available today in volume production. For more information about the PIC32MZ DA family, visit: www.microchip.com/PIC32MZDA_Main681

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