MSP430F4xx - TI expands its smart metering portfolio with 16 new MSP430 MCUs supporting a broad range of implementation standards
Due to increased legislation and various implementation standards across the United States and Europe, utilities are seeking compliant metering solutions that will meet stringent energy efficiency guidelines. Expanding its smart metering portfolio to address these needs, Texas Instruments Incorporated today announced 16 new ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers targeted at electricity and gas metering applications. These new MSP430F4xx devices are highly integrated solutions that can support standalone analog front-end needs and achieve leading accuracy results of better than 0.1 percent.
Texas Instruments - 720 MHz processor targeted at multimedia applications
Giving designers more performance to run new application features and additional headroom to add their own IP, Texas Instruments has announced a speed upgrade for the OMAP3530 applications processor and evaluation module (EVM). The new OMAP3530 processor features a 720 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core and a 520 MHz TMS320C64x+ DSP.
UTAS Medical Equipment Ensures Quality Patient Care with help from Analog Devices' Blackfin Processors
Analog Devices has announced that UTAS, a provider of medical devices for patient monitoring and diagnostics, has selected ADI Blackfin processors to ensure high-performance digital signal processing operations and robust functionality across its full line of products – highlighted by UTAS' most recent product introduction, the UM 300 portable patient monitor. Leveraging Blackfin's performance, low power consumption and flexible peripheral connectivity alongside complementary precision analogue components also from ADI, UTAS achieved high-performance operations and a seamlessly connected signal chain in a cost effective, compact system package.
Atmel Offers microcontroller with 128 KB of Flash for Ultra-Low-Power Applications
Atmel has announced the availability of a 128 KB picoPower megaAVR microcontroller, targeting size-constrained, low-power applications. The small 44-pin package makes the ATmega1284P ideal for applications such as wireless and ethernet nodes, home automation and other code-intensive battery or signal-line powered products, combined with its ultra-low-power consumption, 128 KB of flash and 16 KB of random access memory (RAM).
UTAS Medical Equipment Ensures High Quality Patient Care With Help From Analog Devices’ Blackfin Processors
Analog Devices has announced that UTAS, a provider of medical devices for patient monitoring and diagnostics, has selected ADI Blackfin processors to ensure high-performance digital signal processing operations and robust functionality across its full line of products – highlighted by UTAS' most recent product introduction, the UM 300 portable patient monitor. Leveraging Blackfin's performance, low power consumption and flexible peripheral connectivity alongside complementary precision analog components also from ADI, UTAS achieved high-performance operations and a seamlessly connected signal chain in a cost effective, compact system package.
Arm And NXP Launch mbed To Enable Rapid Prototyping With Microcontrollers
ARM and NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, today announced at Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), Boston, mbed.org and the mbed microcontroller rapid prototyping tools. With the market for 32-bit microcontrollers set for explosive growth, the ability for new markets to adopt and exploit modern microcontroller technology becomes a critical success factor. To maximise these opportunities ARM has developed mbed, the industry's first online platform for fast, low-risk prototyping of microcontroller-based systems. The mbed tools launch with integral hardware and software support for the NXP LPC1768 ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor-based MCU, making cutting-edge microcontroller technology accessible to a wide audience.
Freescale offers low-power option for networking applications
Code and pin compatibility with the QorIQ P4080 processor further extends Freescale's advanced multicore architecture. The new processor combines control, datapath and application layer processing, which lowers part counts, reduces system cost and shrinks product footprints. The P4040 is well-suited for wireless infrastructure, enterprise routing and switching and industrial applications.
STMicroelectronics - New 8-bit Microcontrollers Are First Implementation of Ultra-Low-Power Technology Platform
STMicroelectronics has begun volume production of the first microcontrollers to combine its high-performance 8-bit architecture with the company's recently announced ultra-low-power innovations to save power in active modes as well as when idle. The STM8L product family comprises 26 devices in three lines spanning a broad spectrum of performance and function.
Green Hills Software Supports Texas Instruments Power-Efficient OMAP-L137 Processor
Green Hills Software has announced the availability of its embedded software development solution for the Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) OMAP-L137 low-power applications processor based on the ARM926EJ-S core. Green Hills Software's ARM-optimized solution includes the INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS), MULTI integrated development environment (IDE), optimizing C/C++ compilers, and Green Hills Probe. Green Hills Software brings more than 27 years of experience in the embedded market to TI's OMAP-L137 processor, enabling developers to create and deploy reliable, high-performance products for industrial control, networking, transportation, medical, and a wide variety of other embedded applications in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost.
Freescale i.MX processor powers Sharp’s NetWalker device
Freescale Semiconductor technology is powering the recently announced Sharp NetWalker (PC-Z1) product – a lightweight, compact consumer device that offers instant-on functionality and mobile phone-like battery life. The advanced capabilities of the Freescale i.MX515 processor help the NetWalker PC-Z1 product deliver compelling functionality for the smartbook category such as ultra-long battery life and a streamlined form factor.
Freescale samples eight-core QorIQ P4080 processor
Freescale Semiconductor is now sampling its QorIQ P4080 multicore processor – the flagship member of Freescale's QorIQ product family and the company's fourth device now available based on 45-nm process technology for optimal performance and power efficiency.
Freescale speeds adoption of LTE and other 4G wireless standards
Arrow announces availability of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers
Arrow Electronics UK has announced it now offers embedded system developers access to the Luminary Micro Stellaris family of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers and associated development support tools. Devices in the Stellaris family combine the Cortex-M3 core running at up to 50MHz with a variety of peripherals and interfaces that provide significant control-processing and connectivity capabilities. As well as the full range of Stellaris microcontrollers, Arrow will also stock and support associated evaluation and reference kits.
Mouser Electronics Now Stocking Freescale’s MCF5225x ColdFire Microcontrollers
Mouser Electronics, Inc., known for its rapid introduction of the newest products, today announced it is stocking the Freescale Semiconductor MCF5225x family of ColdFire®Microcontrollers. Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors.
Freescale processor with integrated mixed signal technology reduces system cost and design complexity
Manufacturers targeting a broad range of consumer and embedded markets can lower costs and streamline product design with one of the first i.MX applications processors from Freescale Semiconductor to integrate mixed signal technology. The device will be showcased at upcoming Freescale Technology Forum events in Shenzhen, China and Bangalore, India.
Atmel Expands 6-pin picoPower AVR Microcontroller Family
Atmel has announced today three new 6-pin picoPower AVR microcontrollers. The ATtiny4, ATtiny5, and ATtiny9 are targeted towards size and cost constrained high volume consumer applications requiring processing power and low current consumption. These new devices are all pin and code compatible, offering a rich feature set including 512bytes or 1K byte of programmable Flash memory, 32 bytes of internal SRAM, 4-channel 8-bit A/D converter (in ATtiny5), analog comparator, and a 16-bit timer with PWM.
ARM - Ultra Low-Power Physical IP Technology To Drive Next-Generation MCU Devices
ARM has announced the availability of ultra low-power Physical IP libraries to drive the next generation of energy-efficient MCU devices. The ARM 0.18µm ultra low power libraries (uLL), coupled with the inherent power management advantages of the ARM Cortex processor family and the TSMC 0.18µm embedded flash uLL/HDR "high data retention" process provides SoC designers with additional reduction in power leakage up to 10x compared to 0.18um G implementations.
Microchip's First PIC Microcontrollers Featuring Enhanced Mid-Range 8-bit Core
Microchip has announced the first six members of the PIC16F193X family of microcontrollers, featuring Microchip's enhanced mid-range 8-bit core. The increased memory and core capabilities deliver enhanced support for both C and Assembly programmers, while the 'LF' family members feature Microchip's nanoWatt XLP Technology for extreme low power operation.
Connectivity made smarter via TI’s new MSP430 MCUs with embedded full-speed USB
With wide adoption of USB connectivity, designers are seeking smart embedded processing solutions that bring unique advantages to their applications such as longer battery life, portability and versatility. Providing easy, advanced connectivity with a robust portfolio, Texas Instruments today announced the new MSP430F55xx microcontroller (MCU) family with embedded full-speed USB (12 Mbps).
Atmel Introduces Radiation-Hardened SPARC V8 Processor for Space Missions
Atmel has announced a new radiation-hardened SPARC processor for space applications, the AT697 Revision F delivering 90 MIPs at 100 MHz over full temperature and voltage ranges for only 0.7W. With more than 1600 flight models of its predecessor, the TSC695E, sold around the world, Atmel has an unrivalled flight heritage on this SPARC V7 processor version.
IAR Systems adds support for Atmel’s ARM Cortex-M3 based SAM3U microcontroller
IAR Systems has announced that IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM and IAR PowerPac for ARM now feature full support for the Atmel ARM Cortex-M3-based SAM3U microcontroller (MCU) family. In close cooperation with Atmel, IAR Systems has added new configuration files, flash loaders and project examples to IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM for Atmel's new SAM3U Cortex-M3 based microcontroller. The device specific support achieved by these additions makes it quick and easy to get started with a project and allows the user to concentrate on application development tasks.
In-System Emulation Technology supports latest Infineon XC16x Processors
GOEPEL has developed a dedicated model library for the Infineon processor family, XC16x that supports the innovative emulation technology VarioTAP. The libraries, described as VarioTAP models, are structured modularly as intelligent IP and enable a complete fusion of Boundary Scan test and JTAG emulation. By employing this technology, embedded and external flash can be in-system programmed with the help of the processor function. Furthermore, VarioTAP supports interlaced Bus Emulation Tests (BET) and System Emulation Tests (SET) for extended JTAG/Boundary Scan functionality.
Keil announces support for the STM32 Connectivity Line
Keil has announced immediate support for the STMicroelectronics STM32 Connectivity Line in the Keil MDK-ARM (Microcontroller Development Kit) and RL-ARM (Real-Time Library). Keil has also introduced the new MCBSTM32C evaluation board and starter kit.
Keil MCB1760 Evaluation Board And Starter Kit For NXPCortex Processor-based Family Released
Keil has released the MCB1760 evaluation board and starter kit to support the NXP LPC1700 Cortex-M3 processor-based family. The MCB1760 evaluation board features a LPC1768 microcontroller running at up to 100MHz, together with a color QVGA LCD, Ethernet, USB, CAN, SD/MMC card interface, and UARTs.
NEC Electronics Introduces 15 New 32-bit All Flash Microcontrollers for Inverter Control
NEC Electronics today announced the availability of 15 new 32-bit All Flash V850 microcontrollers for inverter control and motor control applications such as air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, factory automation (FA) equipment, and photovoltaic power systems. These products are in line with NEC Electronics' strategy to develop semiconductor solutions to enable energy efficient products.
IAR Embedded Workbench drives up to 30% additional power savings for Atmel’s new picoPower AVR32 family
IAR Systems has announced the immediate availability of support in IAR Embedded Workbench for Atmel's recently announced picoPower AVR32 UC3L microcontroller family that features a built-in hardware capacitive touch controller.
Microcontroller Offers Performance and Flexibility For Price Sensitive Industrial Applications
CML Microsystems has unveiled a new RISC/DSP Microcontroller product from its specialist semiconductor and microprocessor daughter-company, Hyperstone. The new E2 is a high-performance, RoHS compliant 32-Bit RISC/DSP microcontroller, with advanced features such as a programmable serial communications engine, ADC unit, 32kb of on-chip I-RAM, complemented with an external memory and peripheral interface controller.
Atmel - Microcontroller said to lower Industry’s Best Power Consumption by 63%
Atmel announced today the availability of its 32-bit AT32UC3L AVR32 microcontroller with Atmel's picoPower low power technology and embedded capacitive touch controller peripheral. The AT32UC3L is the industry's lowest power 32-bit MCU with less than 0.48 mW/MHz in active mode executing real-life applications. The device is also the first 32-bit microcontroller to feature a built-in capacitive touch interface, making the device suitable in a wide range of embedded applications. The introduction of AT32UC3L expands Atmel's 32-bit MCU portfolio consisting of ARM and AVR32 products.
STMicroelectronics - STM32 Connectivity Line Microcontrollers with Ethernet, USB OTG, CAN2.0B, and Audio-Class I2S Peripherals
STMicroelectronics has confirmed full production availability of its latest STM32 Connectivity Line microcontrollers built on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, as forecast when the company announced its new devices in March at Embedded World 2009. The STM32 Connectivity Line allows developers to take advantage of industry-standard 32-bit processing in designs requiring simultaneous Ethernet, USB, CAN and audio-class I2S capabilities. Two variants are available, including the STM32F105 series combining a Full-Speed USB 2.0 Host/Device/OTG peripheral and two CAN2.0B controllers with advanced filtering capabilities.
Low-power 8-bit micro can drive LCDs with up to 2560 pixels
Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced a new 8-bit microcontroller that combines high performance operation with a variety of integrated peripherals and the ability to drive 80 segment LCD displays with up to 2560 pixels. The new TMP89FS28LFG delivers performance comparable to many 16-bit alternatives while reducing the component count of embedded industrial and appliance designs requiring display interfaces.
NXP Expands Lowest Cost ARM9 MCU Series
NXP Semiconductors has announced the expansion of its ARM9-based product portfolio with the addition of the LPC314x and LPC315x devices to the LPC31xx series. Built around a high-performance ARM926EJ processor core, the NXP LPC314x devices provide several new features over the LPC313x devices including an AES Decryption Engine and a secure One-Time-Programmable (OTP) memory. Running at 270MHz, the LPC314x also offer a 50 percent increase in speed over the LPC313x devices. The LPC315x devices run at 180MHz and further add a Stereo Audio CODEC, Power Supply Unit and a Battery Charger.
Ultra-Low-Power Technology Platform for 8-bit and 32-bit Micros Enable Next-Generation Power-Saving Products
STMicroelectronics has announced details of a new ultra-low-power technology platform for building a range of 8-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers, which will enable future generations of electronic products to consume less power, meet evolving energy-efficiency standards, and operate for longer from their batteries. Meeting these increasing demands requires looking at all aspects of microcontroller design and process technology to maximize improvements in all areas.
Low-power ARM9 microcontroller with integrated support for man machine interfaces
The latest addition to Toshiba Electronics Europe's family of scalable, low-power ARM-based microcontrollers allows designers to quickly and easily add man-machine interface (MMI) functionality to their embedded designs. The TMPA912CMAXBG is based on the 32-bit ARM926EJ-S core and is ideal for embedded systems that require integrated display control and graphic processing capabilities but do not need all of the performance, memory and functionality offered by previous models in the Toshiba ARM9 family. Full pin and software compatibility with other members of the family protects investment by supporting upgrades to higher end devices as necessary with minimum system redesign.
Easy-to-use, cost-efficient energy management with Virtual Extension wireless mesh networks and TI technology
Virtual Extension has selected Texas Instruments' embedded processing technology as the preferred solution to power its VEmesh Wireless Mesh Networks. TI's ultra-low power microcontroller and RF technology helps boost performance, minimize cost, reduce board space and speed time to market of VEmesh network applications. Optimized for applications requiring high performance, such as automated meter reading (AMR), Virtual Extension's innovative Diversity Path Mesh technology transmits simultaneously a multitude of radio paths, creating a robust wireless network for 100 percent area coverage. With this technology, utilities can realize savings in terms of data collection, theft prevention, remote operation and prepaid services.
Developers of control, automation and instrumentation applications can jumpstart designs with TI’s new MCU kits
The growing demand for advanced connectivity and complex control in industrial, consumer and medical applications requires high-performance, integrated microcontrollers (MCUs) coupled with solid tools and software. Addressing this need, Texas Instruments today announced availability of four cost-efficient development kits supporting the fourth generation of its ARM Cortex-M3-based Stellaris MCUs.
Atmel's ARM Cortex-M3 Flash MCU with on-chip High Speed USB Device-and-Transceiver
Atmel has announced the SAM3U, the industry's first ARM Cortex-M3 Flash microcontroller integrating high speed (480 Mbps) USB Device-and-Transceiver, 4-bit 192 Mbps SDIO/SDCard 2.0, 8-bit 384 Mbps MMC 4.3 Host and 48 Mpbs SPI interfaces on-chip. This connectivity, together with the SAM3U's 96 MHz/1.25 DMIPS/MHz operating frequency, makes the SAM3U the unique Cortex-M3 device suited to applications with intensive communications requirements, such high speed gateways in industrial, medical, data processing and consumer applications. The introduction of the SAM3U expands Atmel's 32-Bit MCU portfolio consisting of ARM and AVR32 products.
High Performance MCU in Only 2x2 Mm2 from Silicon Labs
Silicon Laboratories has announced the expansion of its best-in-class small form factor microcontrollers (MCUs) with the C8051T606 low cost 8-bit mixed-signal MCU. The world's smallest MCU, the C8051T606 provides a high degree of functional density for programmable embedded systems in a tiny 2x2 mm2 footprint. The high-performance CPU enables greater design flexibility, and the integration of a voltage monitor and precision oscillator make the T606 ideal for space-constrained applications such as portable consumer products and accessories, gateways, and LED lighting.
NXP Claims Industry’s Lowest Power Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers
NXP has introduced what it says is the industry's lowest power 32-bit Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers, maintaining its commitment to innovation in energy-efficiency and further extending its broad range of ARM-based processors. The new NXP LPC1300 series, based on the Cortex™-M3 Rev2 core and designed for embedded 16 and 32-bit applications, operates at 70MHz and consumes approximately 200 µA per MHz, delivering advanced energy management alongside superior levels of integration.
High-speed debugger interface supports ARM Cortex devices
Development support for microprocessor devices based on the ARM Cortex architecture is now available on the Abatron BDI3000 high-speed debugger from Computer Solutions. The new cores supported are the ARM Cortex-A8, such as the TI OMAP3430 family, and the ARM Cortex-M3, which includes the STM32 family, the LPC1700 and the whole of the Luminary Micro LM3S range. Both device families are supported by the JTAG interface on the BDI3000, and there is additional support for the single-wire debug port (SW-DP). The BDI3000 then acts as an external server connecting to the popular GDB debugging package via Ethernet.
Toshiba's entry-level, low-power ARM9 microcontroller
Toshiba Electronics Europe has added an entry-level device to its family of scalable, low-power ARM-based microcontrollers. The new TMPA913CHAXBG provides a cost-effective and low component count solution for industrial designs requiring high-speed USB connectivity and external memory management.