PIC24F microcontrollers now include devices with 28 or 44 pins, 16 to 64 kbyte of Flash memory, and up to 8-kbyte RAM. According to the manufacturer, PIC24FJ64GA002 microcontrollers provide more onboard memory than other 28-pin, 16-bit microcontrollers. And PIC24FJ64GA004s provide pin mapping features that lets designers map peripherals to pins. PIC24Fs feature two independent channels, so they can communicate to a number of devices using multiple protocols. The chips are supported by the free MPLAB Integrated Development Environment software, which graphically helps designers map pins and initialize code.

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