The new microcontrollers provide the first seamlessly interchangeable options for the PIC16F73, PIC16F74, PIC16F76, and PIC16F77 (PIC16F7X) Flash products give the option to switch between Flash and ROM memory types throughout development and production. The results are shorter time to market, reduced scrap, and lower overall costs.

The PIC16CR7X ROM microcontrollers come in 28-pin DIP, SOIC, SSOP, or QFN packages; 40-pin PDIP and PLCC packages; and a 44-pin QFP package. They use the same development tools that serve existing Flash-based PIC microcontrollers. These include the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and MPLAB In-Circuit Debugger (ICD) 2. The MPLAB IDE lets users edit, compile, and debug from a single user interface. The MPLAB ICD 2 is a real-time debugger and programmer.

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