Microchip announces the 32-bit PIC32MZ DA microcontroller (MCU) family, which is the industry’s first absolute MCU with an integrated 2D Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and up to 32 MB of integrated DDR2 memory. This combination gives customers the ability to increase their applications’ colour 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 want to stay in the familiar design environment of a MCU. The devices provide MPU-like graphics capabilities with the seamless integration and programming model of Microchip’s PIC32 and MPLAB IDE development tools and Harmony software framework. These tools provide a visual graphics design environment, custom display driver creation, graphic libraries and an asset converter that can take a custom graphic and optimise it for a given display size.