Microchip’s Radiation Hardened (Rad-Hard) Space-Grade DC-DC Converters

The Microchip SA50-28 family is the space industry’s only standard, non-hybrid space-grade power converters – it now includes 28 Volt (V)-input, 50-watt (W) radiation-tolerant options.

Traditional hybrid-style power converters may have a limit on non-standard voltages and functions, creating complex challenge for space system designers; however, these have been eliminated by Microchip’s discrete-component-based, space-grade DC-DC power converter family – which are much more flexible and customisable – greatly simplifying and accelerating system development compared to alternative space-grade power converters. It’s the industry’s only off-the-shelf 28V-input, radiation-tolerant power converter with surface-mount construction and non-hybrid assembly processes.

Microchip’s comprehensive SA50-28 line is a 20V- to 40V-input, 50W family with nine standard outputs of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V and 28V in single- and triple-output configurations. The devices can be tailored to a system’s exact power needs quickly with minimal additional costs as compared to hybrid-style power converter products. Other features include high efficiency, low output noise, output inhibit control, overcurrent protection, external synchronisation, and full-rated power operation through −55°C to +85°C with linear derating to +125°C.

These space-grade products that have join the rad-hard SA50-120 power converter family (introduced in February 2021) now reduce risk and development time for qualified space systems by allowing designers to start with proven commercially available off-the-shelf technology in ceramic or plastic packages and quickly scaling up development using lower screening levels than traditional Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) requirements.

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FPGA Design ‘Coffee Break’ Webinar Series

Come and virtually join our autumn series of short webinars which will provide an introduction to key FPGA design topics during your mid-morning ‘coffee break’ in September 2021.

The webinars are free to attend and each session lasts for 30 minutes.

Mix and match via the links below or book all three below.

2nd September at 11am

MCU vs FPGA vs ASIC – Differences and Advantages                     

This webinar will outline of the key differences between MCU, FPGA and ASIC and their individual strengths and weaknesses.

7th September at 11am

Top Application Areas for FPGAs                         

This session walks you through the consideration of which applications FPGAs are best suited for.

9th September at 11am

Design Security with FPGAs

This session will go through how to keep your design secure with the Microchip/Microsemi FPGA family.

Click on each link above to register for individual webinars or use the contact form below to register for all three webinars.

    Power Access Control Systems Using Microchip mPoE

    Access control systems are used to monitor and manage access to premises. They provide quick access to authorised personnel and deny access to those otherwise. This is its conventional purpose. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, access control systems features have advanced to enhance the health and safety of a premise. This is done by:

    • Ensuring a strict number of occupants in a premise at a certain time, such as an office, retail space, etc.
    • Granting contactless entry/exit and eliminating the physical touch points
    • Trigger ‘no mask’ alarms using camera-based systems
    • Restrict access to infected people or those who have not completed their quarantine period

    What Powers These Systems?

    Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that enables the delivery of safe and intelligent power along with data over standard Ethernet infrastructure to install IP-based systems quick and easily.  Many access control systems have the option to be powered by PoE.

    A few advantages of using PoE to power access control systems are:

    • PoE technology is an international power standard that delivers safe, low-voltage DC power and eliminates dependency on the AC infrastructure, as well as specific regional plugs
    • Cost savings from eliminating the need for separate data and power infrastructures, searching for AC outlets or certified technicians
    • Able to connect quickly and seamlessly in any location
    • No need to physically plug/unplug the power; the control is centralised, and the power can be reset remotely
    • Power delivered over the standard Ethernet network is technically safe however it will not power up until a valid PD is detected, thus, protecting non-PoE devices

    Microchip multi-Power over Ethernet (mPoE) is the key to efficient, cost-effective and reliable power in network access control systems:

    • Quick, seamless installation: plug-and-play solutions for zero time to market in the most demanding environments
    • High power: deliver up to 90W of power, enabling most comprehensive access to control devices to be powered by PoE
    • Diver applications: supports a wide variety of applications using single-ports to 24-ports, indoor, outdoor and industrial rated solutions
    • Backward compatibility: leveraging a uniquely designed algorithm, the solutions are compatible with pre-standard devices while supporting all IEEE® PoE standards
    • Regulatory compliance: Microchip mPoE midspans and switches go through the necessary worldwide certification and safety approvals
    • Vendor agnostic: supports a variety of access control terminals already in the market

    Microchip mPoE offers a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio of PoE solutions comprised of PoE ICs and PoE systems (midspans/injectors and switches).

    Microchip Capacitive Touchscreen Controller

    World’s First Safety-Certified Capacitive Touchscreen Controller Family from Microchip

    As standard, emergency stop and unlock buttons are safety mechanisms in home appliances (e.g. ovens, hobs, washing machines, tumbler driers, etc.) are necessary help reduce the risk of fires and floods in homes.

    Microchip’s maXTouch MXT336UD-MAUHA1 new family offers IEC/UL 60730 Class B pre-certified solutions that meet functional safety requirements whilst eliminating the need for a separate emergency stop or unlock buttons on touchscreen appliances. They are the only touchscreen controllers to offer pre-certified, Class B firmware on the market.

    The touch controllers offer a unique safety feature that enables the system to shut off through an intuitive soft button on a touchscreen. This removes the requirement for an external stop/cancel button, and associated microcontroller (MCU). The maXTouch MXT336UD-MAUHA1 also allows an appliance to detect a touchscreen/appliance failure and shuts down automatically through self-testing capabilities. For example, if the glass on an electric hob breaks, the touchscreen will darken and shut off the machine – minimising any accidental damage in the home.

    The number of touch-enabled home appliance is growing; the MXT336UD-MAUHA1 family is progressing in this direction, offering OEMS reduced costs and improving time-to-market with this simplified, single touchscreen interface.

    The family consists of three controllers: the MXT112UD-MAUHA1, the MXT228UD-MAUHA1 and the MXT336UD-MAUHA1; each of one these fulfil various screen size requirements, ranging from 2 to 8 inches.

    “Due to the risk of house fires caused by home appliances, appliance manufacturers must add functional safety to their machines, and Microchip’s MXT336UD-MAUHA1 touchscreen controller family is already certified for these required safety standards,” said Fanie Duvenhage, Vice President of Microchip’s Human Machine Interface business unit. “Integrating Class B certification into our touch controllers eases the design and qualification process for touch enabled appliances, ultimately putting safety first, while reducing costs and enabling modern user interface solutions.”

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    New Microchip PIC18-Q84: 8-bit MCU for CAN FD Networks

    Source: Microchip

    Introducing the new Microchip PIC18-Q84 family; these are the first PIC18 microcontroller (MCU) products that can be used to transmit and receive data through a Controller Area Network Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) bus. There is a broad range of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that can handle different tasks without requiring CPU intervention, which means reduced time and cost when connecting systems to a CAN FD network.

    Designed to meet the demand for increased bandwidth and flexible data rates in progressive Automotive applications, such as safety and communications, the Microchip PIC18-Q84 family can also support the development of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

    The Microchip PIC18-Q84 family provides a simple solution for transporting sensor data to a CAN FD bus by eliminating the need for gateways or other network switching techniques. Configurable CIPs make it easy to create custom hardware-based functions with near-zero latency, and additional code is not required.

    Ideal for applications that require faster data transfer rates such as the ‘Connected Car’, Industrial Automation, Smart Homes etc.

    Development Tools and CAN FD Product Support

    The PIC18-Q84 family offers both hardware and software support. Hardware includes a Curiosity Nano Development Board and a Curiosity High Pin Count (HPC) Development Board. A plug-in module (PIM) is also available for the Automotive Networking Development Board and for use with Microchip development boards. Software includes Microchip’s MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC).

    Microchip also provides a broad family of CAN FD transceivers and CAN FD controllers. Speak to one of our team to find out more about Microchip’s complete CAN and CAN FD offerings.

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    Microchip: CryptoAuth Trust Platform Development Kit

    The CryptoAuth Trust Platform Development Kit is the newest addition to Microchip’s CryptoAuthentication evaluation kits. This kit is designed to help explore and implement IoT solutions with a pre-provisioned ATECC608A Trust&GO, pre-configured TrustFLEX and fully customisable TrustCUSTOM products.

    The Trust&GO and TrustFLEX products are an easy way to add hardware security to IoT Cloud solutions, accessory authentication, IP Protection, and firmware verification. When these kits are paired the Microchip development tools and Microchip provisioning systems, all project sizes – including low volume – can easily and readily implement secure authentication into applications. Provides a physical overview of connections, components and switch settings implemented on the board are provided in the user guide.

    The CryptoAuth Trust Platform consists of ATSAMD21E18A that is the main MCU – which is pre-programmed with Microchip`s Secure Product Group (SPG) kit protocol. This protocol is responsible of the communication between the CryptoAuthentication devices and the host MCU over the USB HID interface. The data transfer between the secure elements and the host MCU is indicated by the Status LED.

    Each of the secure element has a different I2C address that enables its communication with the host MCU hence eliminating line contention issues.


    • ATSAMD21E18A Host MCU pre-programmed with kit Protocol Firmware 
    • 3 Secure Elements:
      – Trust&GO – ATECC608A-TNGTLS
      – TrustFLEX – ATECC608A-TFLXTLS Prototype 
      – TrustCUSTOM – ATECC608A-MAHDA
    • Debugger helps to read the debug information from the MCU
    • A dual port USB Hub that passes data between upstream and downstream devices
    • Compatible with Microchip Development Platforms – MPLABX and Atmel Studio 7
    • Kit name identified by software as CryptoAuth Trust Platform
    • USB connector for easy connection to the PC 
    • DIP Switches for easy switching of the SDA lines between the on-board devices and mikroBUS
    • Supports mikroBUS for easy connection to MikroElectronika add-on boards
    • Supports I2C for the secure elements and I2C, SPI and UART for the mikroElectronica add-on boards.

    System Requirements

    • Windows 7 or Windows 10 Operating System for use with MPLABX or Atmel Studio 7
    • Linux of Windows for use with Python tools 
    • Python 3 or Later 

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    Microchip Webinar Series: IoT Made Easy

    Low Power Sensor to Cloud Training Week

    Microchip are hosting a series of FREE live ‘IoT Made Easy’ webinars in September to guide you through IoT system design and challenges, from the sensor all the way to the cloud. The webinars will be held from Monday 14th September to Thursday 17th September with live Q&A with 6 Microchip experts so you can explore any obstacles that you may be facing.

    Webinar 1

    Monday 14th Sept: Designing Power Efficient Solutions for Your IoT Sensor

    IoT demands a lot from sensors; Engineers need to add more functionality from data security to sensing of additional environmental characteristics. Artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) is also increasing and must be supported. This increases the demand for power which means sensor battery life needs to be extended.

    Find out how to optimise the design of your sensors to minimise power consumption right down to the last µA.

    Webinar 2

    Tuesday 15th Sept: Connectivity Made Easy for Your IoT Sensor

    Communication is one of the biggest challenges in sensor design. Make the wrong decision and you might have problems navigating the many dynamic regulations in the world; fighting lack of scalability and agility of the technology you chose; exceeding power budgets or space limitations; failing to ensure communications security or building-in costs that make your product uncompetitive.

    Learn the right way to pick the best communications technology for your IoT sensors.

    Webinar 3

    Wednesday 16th Sept: Security

    Cyber Security is not a choice! New regulations like EN 303-645 are making security essential around the world. There are many myths on how best to secure your data.

    Keep up to date on the latest regulations and the best way to approach Cyber Security in a low power design from sensor to the Cloud.

    Webinar 4

    Thursday 17th Sept: IoT Design Quick Start with No Compromises

    This webinar explains how to start developing complex IoT designs quickly and easily. The session considers the benefits of starting with a Single Board Computer (SBC) such as the Raspberry PI or Arduino as a Proof of Concept (PoC), and compares this approach to using simple development solutions that are design to scale to an industrialized product without compromise.

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    Microchip: LoRa Technology

    The demand for new innovative wireless sensors and actuators is increasing every year; a vast range of sensors have been developed to detect temperature, light, movement, vibration, pollution for applications (such as energy monitoring), asset utilisation, tracking, security, preventative maintenance etc., enabling businesses to save costs and improve efficiencies with these devices. The ability to instantly turn a device off remotely to prevent costly damage to machinery, if left unmonitored, could be invaluable.

    If you are looking for a new wireless technology to integrate into your next sensor design, LoRaWAN technology from Microchip has been developed to address all these increasing demands on your next sensor project for volume deployment.

    Microchip’s LoRa technology solution is ready-to-run and out-of-the-box, and with the complete LoRaWAN protocol and certifications in place, it reduces time to market and saves development costs.

    The LoRaWAN protocol is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery-operated devices in regional, national or global networks.

    LoRaWAN protocol targets key requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) such as:

    • Secure bi-directional communication
    • Mobility
    • Localisation services

    The LoRaWAN protocol standard will provide seamless interoperability among Smart ‘things’ without the need for complex local installations, further enabling IoT.

    The LoRa® Mote (DM164138) is a demonstration board that showcases the Microchip Low-Power Long Range LoRa® Technology Transceiver Module (RN2483). The LoRa® Mote provides access to the module through a convenient USB-to-UART bridge chip and supports connection points to all GPIO-controlled module pins.

    To enable long range testing, the high-frequency (868/915 MHz band) RF signal is transmitted through the RFH (J3) SMA connector, which can be used with a number of different types of external LoRa antennas depending on the end application, i.e. articulated stub antennas to external antennas which are designed to be mounted externally on buildings.

    Depending on the use case, a selection of antennas is also available from Solid States Supplies. Examples by Antenova (Latona series), Pulse (W1063), 2J-Antennas (2JW0515-868 series) and EAD-Ltd (WMO86916 high gain outdoor omni antenna).

    RN2483 (DM164138) and ATSAMR34 (DM320111) LoRaWAN evaluation kits from Microchip and range of antennaes from Solid State Supplies

    The on-board PIC18LF45K50 MCU is programmable via ICSP™. In addition, the PIC18LF45K50 MCU application program is capable of being updated via the bootloader utility. The Mote board will power-on automatically when a USB cable is connected. When powered by AAA batteries, power-on/off is controlled using the (S3) switch.

    The LoRaWAN protocol implements several layers of encryption to ensure the highest security for the whole infrastructure.

    • Unique Network session key ensures security on Network Server/Network level
    • Unique Application session key ensures security on the Application Server/Application level
    • Application key specific for the end-device

    Microchip also offers the SAM R34/R35 in a highly-integrated LoRa® System-in-Package (SiP) family in a 6x6mm BGA package which includes an ultra-low power, high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ MCU, upto 256KB flash for application code and software stack, LoRa transceiver and software stack. With certified reference designs, and proven interoperability with major LoRaWAN™ gateway and network providers, the SAM R34/35 SiPs significantly reduce time to market for Internet of Things (IoT) designs.

    Other features on the R34/R35 are 5 serial comms ports, each can be configurable as a USART, SPI, LIN or I2C ports are available. A Full Speed USB option is available on the SAM R35. Also, 8 channels of 12bit ADC’s and 2 analog comparators enables a variety of sensor inputs to be interfaced to the device.

    The radio frequency range operates between 862MHz to 1020MHz with a link budget of 168dBm  (20dBm max TX  power and -148dBm RX sensitivity).

    Supported by certified SAM R34 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit  (DM320111), Atmel Studio and a detailed chip-down design package, these devices highly simplify the development and accelerate the time to market for LoRa end-nodes. 

    To get started with software development, download and install Atmel Studio 7. For software examples, update to ASF 3.44 and above in Atmel Studio

    For further information on the LoRaWAN technology in this article, please speak to one of our teams.

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    Microchip Technology Inc is the leading provider of MCU’s and MPU’s, synonymous with the PIC range of products. They are the leaders in smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. 

    Microchip provide a comprehensive range of PIC and AVR embedded products enabling you to design your products with Its easy-to-use development tools with their MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) as well as adding the Microsemi portfolio of SoC and FPGA products with their Libero design system. These products aid you in creating optimal designs, which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. 

    Solid State Supplies has fully trained, experienced FAE’s who can work with you to provide the most optimal product solutions enabling you to Design and provide Upgrade longevity of your product with drop-in replacements and reusable code.


    With Microchip’s takeover of Microsemi Corp, they now have an unrivalled portfolio of products covering:

    • Microcontrollers 8-bit through 32-bit, with Arm®processors
    • PIC®Microcontrollers (MCUs)
    • dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs)
    • FPGAs & Timing clocks
    • Communication & Wireless Products Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, LoRa®, RF, MiWi™
    • Security & Authentication Products
    • Touch, Multi-Touch & 3D Gesture Control
    • High-Throughput USB, CAN & Ethernet Interface Solutions


    Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor and system solutions for Aerospace & Defence, Communications, Data Centre and Industrial industries, was acquired by Microchip Technology Inc. in May 2018.

    Microsemi’s portfolio includes: Analogue mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs & ASICs, Power Management Products, ‘Timing & Synchronisation Devices’ & ‘Precise Time Solutions’, Voice Processing Device, RF Solutions, Anti-Tamper Product, Ethernet Solutions, and Security Technologies & Anti-Tamper Products Power-over-Ethernet ICs

    These include Analogue products including Diodes, Rectifiers, Power Management products, MOSFET drivers, Power switches, Voltage Suppressors and references, Battery management, Silicon Carbide devices and Power over Ethernet (PoE) Systems & ICs.

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    Introducing Microchip’s NOR Flash Memory Devices with Embedded MAC Address

    Introducing Microchip’s new family of low-power, high-performance memory devices: Microchip NOR Flash Memory devices that are pre-programmed with MAC addresses to reduce production costs and time to market, available to businesses of all sizes.

    In the growing world of Internet of Things (IoT), embedded system designers must currently source, program and serialise Media Access Control (MAC) addresses from the IEEE-Registration Authority (RA) for all connected products. Small to medium-sized businesses have to pay higher costs for low-volume services, sold from the IEEE-RA in blocks ranging from 4000 to 16 million; the new Microchip NOR Flash Memory devices do not have a minimum order requirement. By eliminating the need to self-procure and manage unique identifiers from the IEEE-Registration Authority (RA), Microchip will help designers save time and costs, whilst accelerating time to market. This makes it ideal for low to mid-sized volume production.

    These devices are suitable for cloud-connected applications, such as smart hubs for homes, smart home appliances, building control equipment, factory automation, security and surveillance equipment, and many more.

    The Microchip SST26VF Serial Quad I/O™ (SQI™) 3V Flash family is the industry’s first NOR Flash device that offers integrated MAC address options; Microchip’s latest NOR Flash devices can be pre-programmed with EUI-48™ and EUI-64™ addresses, making it a cost-effective, plug-and-play solution for connect applications that use Ethernet, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, IEEE 802.15.4 and FireWire®.

    The SST26VF064BEUI, SST26VF032BEUI and SST26VF016BEUI are low-power, high-performance devices in a low pin-count package, featuring a six-wire, 4-bit I/O interface.

    These are available in 8-pin SOIC and 8-contact WSON packages, occupying less board space and lowering overall system costs. Microchip’s pre-programmed SST26VF family of devices are flexible MAC address chips that come with uniquely pre-programmed EUI- 48 addresses and compatible EUI-64 addresses. MAC address options are available at Flash densities of 16 megabit (Mb), 32Mb and 64Mb. They feature rich SQI flash, with flexible write-protected functionality to eliminate accidental over-writing or erasure. Both the EUI-48 and EUI-64 node addresses consist of an Organizational Unique Identifier (OUI) and an Extension Identifier (EI). While the OUI is purchased from the IEEE by individual companies, the EI is assigned and managed through each company by building a unique EI into every product, thereby ensuring a globally unique Extended Unique Identifier (EUI) node address for every device used or shipped.

    Overall, with the Microchip SST26VF Serial Quad I/O™ (SQI™) 3V Flash family:

    • You don’t need to buy MAC addresses
    • You don’t have to manage MAC addresses
    • You don’t need to program MAC addresses

    For more information, please call +44 (0)1527 830800 or use the contact form below.