Silicon Labs Expands MCU Portfolio With High Pin-Count, Touch-Sensing Device
Silicon Laboratories has announced the introduction of its C8051F7xx family of high pin-count MCUs for cost-sensitive, high I/O embedded systems. This family is the first to offer a new, patent-pending touch sensing feature that is robust, accurate, responsive and easy to configure.
Atmel and IS2T Announce Java Support for AVR32 UC3 Flash Microcontrollers
Atmel and IS2T S.A. have announced what they say are the industry's most integrated solutions to design embedded Java applications for Flash microcontrollers. Software developers of real-time embedded systems can now design with Java up to five times faster than traditional software technologies. Taking Java to the embedded market also provides the engineering community with new opportunities to design and maintain more robust, secure and scalable applications.
STMicroelectronics Attacks New Markets for STM32 Family in Networked, Real-Time and Audio Applications
STMicroelectronics has added to its STM32 range, focusing on high-performance variants of industry-standard interfaces to allow more applications to benefit from the seamless pin-and-software compatibility between STM32 devices. The new STM32 Connectivity Line adds a Full-speed USB On-The-Go (OTG) interface, which allows end products to act as a USB Host or USB Device. There is also an Ethernet interface featuring hardware support for IEEE1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP). Implementing the protocol in hardware reduces CPU overhead and enables faster response for real-time applications and when synchronizing networked devices.
2 Million Gate Development Kit for the AT91CAP9H Customizable Microcontroller
Atmel Corporation announced today the launch of the AT91CAP9HA-DK Development Kit for its upcoming ARM926EJ-S-based AT91CAP9H customizable microcontroller that features 2 million gates of customizable logic. The AT91CAP9HA-DK enables customers to start developing designs now, in anticipation of the availability of the AT91CAP9H.
NEC Electronics Announces FreeRTOS Support for its Micros
NEC Electronics Europe has announced the support of the open source and royalty free real-time operating system, FreeRTOS for its 16-bit 78K0R and 32-bit V850 microcontrollers. FreeRTOS is simple to use, with minimal ROM and RAM overhead and is free to use in commercial applications. The modified GPL license under which it is distributed, allows users to deploy in applications without any requirement to share their source code.
NXP licenses ARM Cortex M0 Processor
NXP has announced that it will be the first ARM Partner to license the new ARM Cortex-M0 processor. The Cortex-M0 processor is the smallest, lowest power and most energy efficient processor available from ARM. NXP intends to use the Cortex-M0 processor for a wide range of applications. Its compact size, energy efficiency and performance make it ideal for power management tasks in SoCs, ASSPs, and stand-alone microcontrollers. Potential applications include battery-powered consumer devices, advanced utility metering, lighting, intelligent power and motor control.
NEC Electronics Expands lineup of 32-bit Microcontrollers
NEC has announced that it has developed nine new 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with built-in Ethernet interface and embedded flash memory. The new products are ideal for remote and supervisory control of industrial devices and building-management systems and include six 128-pin variants, named V850ES/JH3-E and three 144-pin variants, named V850ES/JJ3-E.
TI extends OMAP 3 family with 45-nm products
To answer handset manufacturers' diverse requirements in the rapidly-evolving Smartphone and Mobile Internet Device (MID) markets, Texas Instruments has announced that it has extended its popular OMAP 3 family with new 45-nanometer (nm) products. The OMAP36x application processor family allows mobile device manufacturers to reuse their software investment in TI's popular 65-nm OMAP34x processor family and deliver higher performance computing with lower power consumption.
TI expands 16 and 32-bit MCU tools portfolio
Broadening its portfolio of MCU development tools to help designers create energy-efficient and ultra-low power applications quickly and easily, Texas Instruments has announced three new tools for TMS320C2000 32-bit real-time microcontrollers (MCU) and one new tool for the 16-bit MSP430F5xx ultra-low power MCU series.
16-Bit Microcontroller From Maxim Extends Battery Life in Portable Equipment
Maxim has introduced the MAXQ610 16-bit microcontroller. Designed to extend battery life in low-power applications, this device operates from a 1.7V to 3.6V voltage range. Since battery voltages decay over the life of the battery, the wide operating-voltage range allows applications to utilize up to 15% more battery capacity than competing solutions.
NXP accelerates German national transport ticketing with contactless microcontroller chip
NXP has announced that its secure contactless microcontroller chip – SmartMX, has been selected by the VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG, to power future electronic transport ticketing schemes in Germany. Alongside card and inlay-manufacturer Cardag, NXP will provide SmartMX ICs for around eight million contactless cards to be issued throughout Germany by 2012. The aim of the scheme is to provide a single ticketing solution that will be used across all nationwide transport networks.
NEC Electronics Introduces 16-bit All Flash Microcontrollers with LCD Controller/Driver
NEC Electronics Corporation has announced that it has developed 12 new 16-bit All FlashTM microcontrollers (MCUs) with on-chip liquid crystal display (LCD) driver, optimized especially for the fields of handheld healthcare diagnostic instruments such as blood glucose meters, building utility meters for the gas/water/electricity markets, and FA equipment.
Fujitsu Ten Adopts Analog Devices SHARC DSP
Fujitsu Ten's premium audio amplifiers based on the Analog Devices floating point SHARC DSP architecture enable a revolutionary automotive sound experience. This innovative technology researched and implemented by Fujitsu Ten called Acoustical Space Control Technology, not only greatly reduces vibration to the automobile chassis, but in addition compensates simultaneously for the acoustic reflective effects of the cabin glass and sonic absorption from upholstery. Furthermore, Acoustical Space Control Technology enhances and compensates for the acoustic limitations of loudspeakers such as frequency response and physical placement challenges in the cabin, resulting in a spatially enhanced audio experience.
Toshiba announces extended temp range 32-bit ARM9 processor for industrial graphics applications
Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of low-power ARM-based microprocessors with an extended temperature device that will suit man machine interface (MMI) and other industrial applications requiring multimedia functionality.
Powertrain control MCU features on-chip 90 nm high-speed flash memory
Renesas Technology Europe has announced the SH72531, a 32-bit MCU designed for powertrain control of automobile engines and transmissions. The device features a high-speed operation of up to 120 MHz and 1.25 megabytes of on-chip high-speed flash memory.
New system-on-chip MCU solution from TI helps e-metering applications
As utility companies adopt electronic-based energy meter technology to improve grid performance and reliability, reduce costs and offer energy-saving consumer options, Texas Instruments announced the MSP430FE42x2 microcontroller (MCU) series, reducing electronic bill of materials (EBOM) to the $1 range in high volumes for single-phase electricity metering (e-metering) applications.
TI's DaVinci technology powers Cernium's Archerfish
Cernium will premier Archerfish, the first ever mobile video intelligence (MVI) solution to bring the power of industrial-grade video analytics technology to the consumer market, at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Archerfish delivers proactive, video-based information so consumers can keep an eye on the people and places that matter most, in a manner that fits today's connected, mobile lifestyle.
32-bit MCUs from NEC for the automotive market
Leading 32-bit microcontroller supplier NEC Electronics has reaffirmed its commitment to the automotive market by expanding support for audio and navigation applications with its new V850E/Sx3-H microcontrollers (MCUs). Based on the company's well-established V850E1 core, the new V850E/Sx3-H devices offer the industry's highest flash memory capacity for 32-bit MCUs, in addition to improved CPU performance for today's audio and infotainment systems. These improvements, together with a small 0.5 millimeter pin pitch QFP package, make the new devices ideally suited for use in high-functionality, high-performance automotive radios, compact disc systems, DVD systems, USB/SD card readers and digital terrestrial broadcast equipment.
8-bit Microcontrollers for Lighting Applications from NEC
Following the release of the world's first microcontroller (MCU) with four-channel constant-current drive for LED lighting systems, NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) this month began shipment of 14 new 8-bit All Flash MCUs for energy-efficient lighting applications.
NEC Electronics Delivers 16-Bit Microcontrollers for Automotive Applications
NEC Electronics announced today it has expanded the company's lineup of 16-bit 78K0R microcontrollers (MCUs) to support cost-sensitive automotive applications. Based on NEC Electronics' fast and efficient 78K0R core, the new 78K0R/Fx3 MCUs are optimized to deliver higher performance and expanded memory options for automotive body electronics applications such as window, seat and door modules; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
CAT5 demo and development kit from Solid State Supplies
A demo and development kit from Solid State Supplies includes a transmission and a receiver circuit which enables the successful transmission of video signals over long distances of CAT5 cable.
Renesas Technology releases M16C/6C microcontroller with integrated USB 2.0 interface and up to 512kB on-chip flash memory
Renesas Technology Europe today announced a major expansion of its popular M16C microcontroller platform*1 with the addition of USB 2.0 device class support. The M16C/6C group comprises 16 different models, and the new devices are fully compatible with earlier versions. The USB 2.0 specification compliant, 12 Mbps full-speed interface supports the standard transfer types of control, bulk and interrupt. The supporting FIFO is 584 bytes. Featuring the high-performance M16C/60 16-bit CISC CPU core, running at speeds up to 32 MHz, the devices operate between 2.7 to 5.5 VDC.
Low voltage microcontroller with up to 256kB on-chip flash memory suits portable applications
Renesas Technology Europe today announced an expansion of its popular M16C Platform microcontroller*1 lineup with 16 low voltage models that can operate down to 1.8V. These devices, especially trimmed versions of the M16C/60 group, are fully compatible with previous products.
Renesas Technology 32-bit CISC microcontroller now available in small pin count 64/80-pin QFP and 100-pin LGA packages
Renesas Technology Europe today announced the availability of 64-pin QFP, 80-pin QFP and 100-pin 5.5mm x 5.5mm LGA package versions of its popular 32-bit CISC R32C/111 microcontroller. The R32C/100 series is the top-level product series in the M16C Platform, *1 which is a CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) microcontroller. The core is upward compatible with existing CPU cores in the platform, and also provides improvements in operation processing performance, bus usage efficiency and code efficiency.
Renesas Technology launches dual core microcontroller for consumer and industrial applications
Renesas Technology Europe announces the introduction of the SH7205 to the SuperH microcontroller Family. The device is the first true dual core microcontroller available from Renesas Technology for consumer and industrial applications. It is intended for a wide range of mass-market products including digital audio/visual, office automation, factory automation, and any other systems requiring connectivity, motor control functionality, and high performance.
Automotive driver-assist microcontrollers from Renesas feature direct RAM input interfaces
Renesas Technology Europe has announced the SH74504 and SH74513, 32-bit MCUs with embedded flash memory for automotive driver-assist system control applications. Designed around Renesas' SH-4A CPU core, they have been developed specifically for driver-assist systems such as those capable of obstacle detection and collision avoidance.
Microchip enhances mid-range 8-bit PIC microcontroller core
Microchip has announced its enhanced mid-range 8-bit PIC microcontroller core (MCU) architecture supporting PIC12 and PIC16 MCUs, with feature and peripheral improvements including more program and data memory; a deeper/enhanced hardware stack; additional reset methods; 14 additional programming instructions, including "C" efficiency optimisations resulting in code size reductions; increased peripheral support; and reduced interrupt latency.
First automotive dual core, floating point MCUs from Texas Instruments let designers innovate and differentiate for safety critical applications
Helping designers differentiate complex safety critical applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced the TMS570F microcontroller, the industry's first ARM® Cortex™-R4F processor-based floating point, lock step dual-core automotive MCU. Based on two Cortex-R4F processors, the TMS570F MCUs were designed specifically for applications required to meet the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 SIL3 or ISO26262 ASIL D safety standards. An increasing number of manufacturers demand these stringent standards as more automotive applications become safety-critical.
Microsoft .NET Micro Framework Debuts on Analog Devices’ Blackfin Processor
Analog Devices Inc and AxiomFount Inc. have announced the availability of the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework on Analog Devices' popular Blackfin processors. The move brings the popular managed-code application environment to the world's only convergent processor family via AxiomFount's AxiDotNet and integrated .NET Micro Framework solutions. This gives a broad community of application developers easy access to high-performance signal processing resources for the first time through Microsoft Corp.'s widely adopted Visual Studio development tools. The move to host .NET applications on Blackfin processors supports Microsoft's focus on application development for media-rich embedded products applications.
Blackfin Processors Expand Analog Devices Convergent-processor Portfolio
Analog Devices has unveiled the Blackfin BF51x series, the newest members of the signal processing pioneer's convergent-processor family. The new offerings continue to demonstrate the superior ability of the Blackfin convergent-processor architecture to reduce cost, power consumption, software complexity, and development schedules in a broad spectrum of mobile lifestyle, industrial and instrumentation, portable medical diagnostic and VoIP telephony applications.
ON Semiconductor Introduces Programmable Clock Multiplier
ON Semiconductor introduced the NB3N3020 – a high precision, low phase noise, programmable clock multiplier with best-in-class jitter performance. The device generates an LVPECL clock, as well as LVCMOS clock on the same device which enables the NB3N3020 to be used in a wide range of applications including networking, consumer electronics and computing applications.
IAR Systems introduces starter kit for STM32F103ZE microcontroller
IAR Systems has announced a complete development kit for STMicroelectronics new microcontroller STM32F103ZE. IAR KickStart Kit includes a development board fitted with the STM32F103ZE microcontroller, a KickStart edition of IAR Embedded Workbenc for ARM, evaluation editions of IAR PowerPac for ARM and IAR visualSTATE, and also includes J-Link for ARM mounted on the board.
RS Components to host workshop on getting started with the STM32 microcontroller
RS Components will host a free customer workshop at The Premier Inn, Old Park Lane, Trafford Centre, Manchester on 2nd December 2008. Created with the design engineer in mind, the one-day event is being held in conjunction with ST Microelectronics and Hitex. Attendees will be introduced to the STM32 microcontroller's system architecture, including an overview of its peripheral set and ARM®'s new Cortex-M3 Macrocell.
Adeneo announces Windows Embedded CE 6.0 reference BSP for the LPC3250
Adeneo, a Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner with facilities in Europe and in the USA, today announced the full commercial release of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 reference BSP for the LPC3250 ARM9 processor-based microcontroller from NXP Semiconductors targeting consumer, entertainment, industrial, medical and automotive industries.
Microcontroller for mid-range motor control and inverter applications from Renesas
Renesas Technology Europe has launched its latest member of the SuperH line-up of products. The SH7243 is the lowest cost SuperH flash microcontroller currently available in Europe that uses the industry benchmarked SH-2A core. It has been designed specifically for the mid-range drives, and general-purpose inverter markets.
Toshiba announces ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced a general-purpose ARM Cortex-M3 core-based microcontroller suitable for digital AV applications. The device is the first in a full line-up of Cortex-M3 devices that will become available during 2009 and is the first ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller from a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer. Samples will be available in December 2008 and mass production will start in March 2009.
Flash microcontroller from Renesas Technology
Renesas Technology Europe announced today the availability of the R8C/2J microcontroller, the latest device addition to the R8C/Tiny series of microcontrollers. This low pin count device is based on the existing R8C/Tiny series, which has an innovative 16-bit CPU core and 8-bit bus. Compared to the existing range of over 260 R8C products, this new R8C/2J device features a reduced set of peripheral functions and offers the flash memory options of 2 or 4Kbyte. This makes the devices suitable for cost sensitive functions, such as intelligent watch-dog timer (WDT), power-on reset (POR), low voltage detect (LVD) or as a secondary fail-safe MCU.
Renesas Technology releases AE470G secure MCU
Renesas Technology Europe has announced the availability of the AE470G secure MCU for M2M (Machine-to-Machine) wireless communication applications. The AE470G is built around the high-performance AE-4 CPU core, which was developed specifically for use in secure MCUs, and integrates 144 Kbytes of high-performance electrically erasable and programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) with a guaranteed operating temperature range of –40 to +105°C, 500,000 rewrite cycles, and a data storage period after programming of 10 years. The device offers a 16-bit computing element and bus width and operates at a maximum internal frequency of 10 MHz (at 3 V). This ensures software compatibility with earlier AE-4 Series MCUs, which also incorporate the AE-4 CPU core. It is suitable for use in a wide range of machines requiring M2M wireless communication capabilities.
Multi-core wireless processors from picoChip
picoChip has announced new high-performance picoArray devices. The PC202-10, PC203-10 and PC205-10 multi-core DSPs deliver processing power of up to 262GIPS and 35GMACS. These enhanced members of the industry-leading PC20x series allow designers to deliver advanced features and use fewer devices in highly demanding applications such as advanced wireless infrastructure products.
NEC Electronics begins sample shipments of latest 8–bit Microcontrollers
NEC Electronics has announced that it is starting sample shipments of 18 new models of its 8–bit microcontroller with built–in Flash memory (all–Flash microcontroller). These products are ideally suited to ancillary functions as sub–microcontrollers, such as controlling small battery–powered systems, managing power to reduce the standby power of home appliances and the like, and controlling key input.