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The TBPIC16S is a full-featured, single clock cycle and firmware (object) compatible implementation of the industry standard PIC16xxxx family of 8-bit PIC ® microcontrollers. It offers a 4x architectural speedup versus the original devices by requiring only one clock cycle per instruction cycle. It is an efficient and high performance, technology and vendor independent 8-bit microcontroller supplied as a synthesisable IP core.

TBPIC16S is supplied as high quality synthesisable VHDL source code, with full self-checking testbench, example implementation and synthesis scripts, makefiles, documentation, maintenance and support.



TBPIC16S is a standard configuration of our FlexPIC16 configurable microcontroller. It offers the smallest implementation of a PIC code-compatible microcontroller core with the following features:

  • Small area requirement (299 slices / 4100 gates*)
  • Single phase clock input (up to 46MHz*)
  • Single clock per instruction cycle (1 MIP / MHz)
  • Built-in support for slow program memories eg. flash
  • Code compatibility with original devices
  • All 35 instructions implemented
  • All instructions except branches execute in a single instruction cycle (up to 46MIPs*)
  • All branches execute in two instruction cycles
  • Fixed 3 instruction cycles interrupt latency
  • RISC-like, Harvard architecture
  • Watchdog timer (WDT)
  • Low power SLEEP mode with wakeup by interrupt or watchdog timer
  • General purpose IO ports with configurable widths(PORTA, PORTB, PORTC)
  • Interrupt-on-change feature and provision for programmable pull-ups on PORTB.
  • 8-bit counter/timer (TIMER0) with prescaler, externally or internally clocked
  • Full interrupt support from peripherals and external interrupt source
  • 14-bit instruction, 8-bit data widths
  • 8 level hardware stack (max. unlimited)**
  • 368 bytes register-file (1K bytes address space)**
  • 8K words program memory (max. 64K words)**  
* with quoted stack, register-file and program memory sizes, when implemented in a Xilinx Spartan 3AN FPGA. Gate count is for 2-input NAND equivalent gates in ASIC standard cell. Performance is limited to 110MHz (27MIPs) for full IO port output timing compatibility.
** typical sizes quoted, user configurable size to suit application 



  • Technology and vendor independent
  • Suitable for FPGA (Xilinx, Altera, Lattice, Actel etc), ASIC or custom IC implementation.
  • High quality parameterised and well commented VHDL RTL source code
  • Readily extensible to add additional RAM, peripherals, or other custom interfaces
  • Further standard peripherals developed to customer order
  • Wide availability of PIC code library routines from multiple sources
  • Wide availability of development tools from multiple vendors, including software simulators, assemblers, C-compilers, emulators etc.
PIC is a registered trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. 


Typical applications include industrial sensors, user interfaces, peripheral controllers, communication and anywhere that small size combined with high performance 8-bit processing is required. The code compatibility of the TBPIC16S with original PIC devices allows cost-reduction and performance enhancement of existing designs as well as allowing the flexibility to add custom hardware periperhals to the system.



The TBPIC16S can be readily implemented on any FPGA, ASIC or custom silicon device as required by the user. Representative area and performance figures for various target technologies are shown in the table below.


Area excl. memories (note 1)

Area incl. memories (notes 1,2)

Speed (MIPs)

ASIC standard cell




Actel Fusion




Xilinx Spartan 3AN





1. Areas are quoted in native units. For ASIC technologies this is 2-input NAND equivalent gatecount. For Xilinx area is quoted in slices.

2. Area including stack and data memories implemented as random logic (eg. slice RAM in Xilinx Spartan) instead of using dedicated memory cells, but excluding program memory.



TBPIC16S is available to license at cost-effective rates on a royalty-free basis, either for single designs, multiple designs, or on a perpetual basis. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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