Freescale Introduces World’s Smallest ARM Powered Microcontroller
As the Internet of Things expands to include greater numbers of small, intelligent, battery-operated devices, the MCUs that enable these devices must deliver performance, energy efficiency and connectivity in progressively smaller footprints. Freescale Semiconductor is addressing the miniaturization trend with its new Kinetis KL02 MCU–the world's smallest ARM Powered MCU.
TRACE32 supports Infineon's XMC1000 and XMC4000 microcontroller families
Lauterbach launches support for the Cortex-M based controllers XMC1000 and XMC4000. The new controller XMC1000, based on 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0, as well as the XMC4000 based on the 32 bit ARM Cortex-M4 are designed specifically for industrial applications.
The World's Lowest Cost Multicore Microcontroller From XMOS
XMOS introduce the world's lowest cost multicore microcontroller. The xCORE XS1-L4-64 integrates four 32-bit logical processor cores at a price that is comparable with competing single-core devices. Priced at just $2.95 in 100 unit quantities, the L4 provides an entry-level platform for designers considering multicore technology for the first time. It is pin-compatible with other members of the xCORE family, opening up the opportunity to cost-down existing designs.
Switch From 8-bit To 32-bit Easily With Infineon XMC1000 Industrial Microcontrollers
At the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference 2013, Infineon Technologies presents samples of its new XMC1000 industrial 32-bit microcontroller family which provides system designers with strong incentive to switch from 8 to 32 bit MCU architecture. With XMC1000, Infineon offers a fully-featured 32-bit alternative for hitherto 8-bit users by combining the ARM Cortex-M0 processor core with powerful peripherals, high productivity design tools and costs typical of 8-bit devices based on production using state-of-the-art, 65nm embedded Flash technology on 300mm wafers.
Renesas Announce Next-Generation Low-Power RX100 Series Microcontrollers
Renesas Electronics has today disclosed details of its roadmap for its next-generation microcontrollers. Renesas is expanding the RX family to include the lowest power, lowest cost RX 32-bit MCU for the embedded market, integrating as little as 8KB of flash memory. The first samples of the new RX100 product series, the industry's lowest cost, ultra-low power 32-bit RX devices offering flash memory integration from 8KB to 128KB, are now available and mass production is scheduled for 4Q of 2013.
Nuvoton NuMicro Family 32-bit Cortex-M0 MCU Debuts A New Series
Nuvoton has today announced the introduction of the brand new NUC200 series 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller. The NUC200 series provides the high 50 MHz operating speed and includes ISO-7816-3, USB 2.0 FS, VBAT supply for RTC and 12-bit ADC, which makes it ideal for consumer electronics and industrial control applications.
Microcontroller Advances from STMicroelectronics Extend Performance Leadership for Smarter Technology Everywhere
STMicroelectronics has delivered first samples of a new microcontroller family that combines today's highest performing ARM Cortex-M4 core running at 180MHz and graphics-related enhancements, enabling richer user experiences. Simultaneously, ST is delivering increased software support for embedded graphics development in conjunction with leading vendor SEGGER.
Toshiba Announces Their First ARM Cortex-M4 Microcontrollers - The TMPM440 Series
Toshiba has announced European availability of the company's first ARM Cortex-M4 microcontrollers. The TMPM440 series meets the high-speed, ultra-low-power digital processing requirements of applications ranging from digital cameras, audio equipment and computer peripherals to communications systems, digital home appliances and sensor/detection systems.
Nuvoton NuMicro Family 32-bit Cortex- M0 MCU Debuts A New Series－NUC123
Nuvoton Technology Corporation announces the launch of NUC123 series－a new 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller with USB 2.0 Full Speed devices and a 10-bit ADC. The NUC123 series provides the high 72 MHz operating speed, large 20KB SRAM and 8 USB endpoints which make it powerful in USB communication and data processing.
Renesas Unveils Low-Power MCU Group With Up To 1MB Of On-Chip Flash
Renesas has today introduced a large number of new low power, low voltage microcontrollers. Renesas is expanding the low power, low voltage RX200 series to include versions offering from 64 KB to 1 MB of on-chip flash memory, and package sizes from 48-pin LQFP to 145-pin LGA. Combined with active mode power consumption of 7.2 mA at 50 MHz operation and a standby mode of 0.4 µA, this provides an industry leading 32-bit low power lineup.
Renesas Expands RX600 MCU Series Offering 256 kB Embedded RAM
Renesas Electronics has today revealed an expansion of its 32-bit RX microcontroller platform. It is introducing 120 new models, expanding the successful RX631 and RX63N product groups within the RX600 series of 32-bit MCUs. These new RX63N/RX631 groups, for use in network equipment, are offering up to 256 kB embedded RAM, doubling the today's available RAM size of 128 kB. Due to the RX platform concept, these new products are pin-to-pin compatible with existing models, and therefore recommended as a drop-in replacement for customers with larger RAM requirements.
Energy Micro Offers High-End Touch Graphics Solution For Energy Efficient MCU Applications With TouchGFX
Energy Micro has partnered with Mjolner Informatics to demonstrate a smartphone-like graphical user interface running on its EFM32 Giant Gecko microcontroller. This demonstration, developed using Mjolner's TouchGFX technology and featuring full touch control, can be seen on Energy Micro's booth at Embedded World later this month. Mjolner will also present a paper in one of the conference sessions at this event to explain more about the features and benefits of TouchGFX for ARM Cortex-M3.
AVIX For Microchip PIC24 MCUs and dsPIC DSCs
AVIX-RT today revealed AVIX support for the new high performance Microchip 'E' microcontrollers (MCUs) and digital signal controllers (DSCs). The ultra fast AVIX RTOS is a perfect match for the new Microchip high performance PIC24E MCUs and dsPIC33E DSCs. Running AVIX on one of these new microcontrollers allows very high performance applications to be created and use the full amount of RAM present on these controllers.
Holtek HT45R2K-C/B/A Dual Slope A/D type MCU for Body Fat Measurement
Holtek unveils its new 8-bit OTP dual slope A/D type MCUs, the HT45R2K-C/B/A. The devices include special integrated features for Body Fat Measurements as well as touch-key functions and a wide range of other peripheral functions. These features combine to make these new devices especially suitable for bridge sensor analog signal processing with a particular attention to Body Fat Scale applications.
Atmel Presents New Family of Cortex-A5 Processor-Based MPUs
Atmel Corporation revealed it is shipping production quantities of the Atmel SAMA5D3 series, its highest performance, low-power microprocessor units based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core. The new SAMA5D3 series is designed for embedded applications in the industrial space, including factory and building automation, smart grid, medical and handheld terminals, along with consumer applications such as smart watches, outdoor GPS, DECT phones.
DCD Announces DRPIC166X Low-Cost High Performance Microcontroller
The good old fashioned PIC microcontrollers are finding their way into new applications like smartphones, gaming peripherals, audio devices and embedded solutions for eg innovative medical devices. Moreover, because the DRPIC166X has upward compatible architecture, it preserves investment in code development. And if it's not enough, let's just mention that DCD's IP Core offers 1.3GHz virtual clock frequency and consumes just 37uW/MHz.
TI Doubles Memory In New MSP430 Microcontrollers Offering 512K Flash And 64K RAM
Offering more memory in its 16-bit microcontroller portfolio than ever before, Texas Instruments today announces MSP430F66xx microcontrollers with embedded 512K Flash and 64K RAM. These larger memory resources enable MSP430 devices to easily manage wireless protocols, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ZigBee, making it a companion microcontroller for TI's broad portfolio of wireless connectivity applications including the SimpleLink family.
XMOS adds new general purpose multicore microcontrollers, grows xCORE family to more than 50 products
XMOS today announces a significant extension in its range of general-purpose multicore microcontrollers, the L Series. The company is adding 6-, 10- and 12-core variants, plus new memory size options, to the existing 8- and 16-core products in its xCORE family, which now includes over 50 devices, the world's broadest range of multicore microcontrollers.
TI Integrates USB On C2000 Piccolo Real-Time, Floating-Point Microcontrollers
Helping customers develop end products requiring on-site connectivity, Texas Instruments today announced its newest 32-bit, real-time C2000 Piccolo F2806xU microcontrollers with integrated USB connectivity. In many applications, such as consumer and industrial motor control systems, industrial power systems, telecom and data systems, wind and solar energy generation and general power electronic applications, being able to access diagnostics and make on-the-go changes in the field is critical.
Infineon’s New XMC1000 Industrial MCUs Deliver 32-Bit Performance at 8-Bit Prices
Infineon Technologies today presented its new 32-bit microcontroller family XMC1000, which uses the ARM Cortex-M0 processor. With the XMC1000, Infineon is the first semiconductor provider to offer 32-bit microcontrollers at 8-bit prices that are supported with an advanced, 32-bit peripheral set. The breakthrough price/performance of the device family is achieved by using state-of-the-art 65nm embedded flash production technology on 300mm wafers and combining an ARM 32-bit processor with advanced peripheral functions designed for target application requirements – specifically low-end 8-bit industrial applications.
Atmel Expand ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash Microcontroller Family
Atmel has revealed today that it has expanded its ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash family to include the SAM4E series, which features advanced connectivity peripherals, a floating point unit, advanced analog capabilities, and higher processing power. This rich mix of features make the SAM4E devices ideal for the industrial automation, home and building control, machine-to-machine communications, automotive aftermarket and energy management applications.
Texas Instruments' MSP430F521x/522x Microcontrollers
Offering total system power savings for co-processor designs, Texas Instruments today announces the new MSP430F521x/F522x microcontroller family. These new microcontrollers support a main supply rail (1.8V – 3.6V) and I/O supply rail (1.8V +/-10%), eliminating the need for level translators and offering system-level advantages such as reduced system cost and increased flexibility.
Microchip Boosts 32-bit MCU Performance by 25% on Low-Cost, Small Package PIC32 MX1/MX2 Series
Microchip have today announced a 25% performance boost on its 32-bit PIC32MX1/MX2 microcontrollers. By increasing their speed to 50 MHz or 83 DMIPS, Microchip is taking the PIC32 MX1/MX2 MCUs' performance to a new level, in combination with its feature-packed peripherals and 4-channel DMA.
Moving Microcontrollers Towards Multicore
Microcontrollers are historically the workhorse of embedded systems and it's not uncommon for a single system to feature multiple devices. But is this a good enough reason to adopt a multicore approach? And if it is, what architecture do you choose? ES Design Magazine Editor Philip Ling investigates one possible solution.
Maxim's Most Secure, Single-Chip Protection for Financial Terminals
Maxim announces the latest member of its DeepCover security products, MAX32590, the industry's most secure and highly integrated microcontroller. Its improved security features comply with the newest security standards, so it is ideal for financial terminals and new generations of trusted devices such as multimedia-enabled, portable EFT-POS terminals.
TI's New Highly Integrated C2000 32-bit Piccolo F2805x MCUs
Taking the complexity out of motor control designs, Texas Instruments introduces its latest motor control solution – new highly integrated C2000 Piccolo F2805x microcontrollers, motor control software, application-specific development tools and extensive support. These Piccolo microcontrollers are optimized for a variety of three-phase inverter motor control applications to enhance power efficiency and control performance of electric pumps, fans, traction drives, textile machines and more.
Infineon Expands XMC4000 Microcontroller Family
Infineon Technologies is presenting three new performance classes in its XMC4000 microcontroller family, which was specially developed for industrial applications and uses ARM Cortex M4 processors, this week at the SPS IPC DRIVES 2012 trade show. The new XMC4400, XMC4200 and XMC4100 are the world's first Cortex-based microcontrollers to offer a high-resolution PWM unit.
Samsung Galaxy Note II Utilises Atmel’s New Sensor Hub Solution
Atmel has today revealed that Samsung has selected Atmel's AVR UC3L microcontroller with patented ultra-low power picoPower technology as its sensor hub management solution for the recently launched Galaxy Note II. Powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, Samsung's Galaxy Note II runs on Android's 4.1 operating system (also known as Jelly Bean), and offers a 5.5-inch, high-definition super AMOLED display with 1,280 x 720 resolution.
STMicroelectronics extends performance lead in semiconductors with STM32 F4 MCUs
Designers of smart, connected embedded electronics for applications such as utility metering, renewable energy, and healthcare, have begun adopting new class-leading microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics to meet demands for extra features, performance and efficiency in their embedded systems.
Renesas Enhances RX MCU Family Scalability for High-performance Motor Control
Renesas today announced the expansion of the lineup of the RX63T group of microcontrollers. The new RX63T MCUs have higher pin counts and larger memory versions. They also expand the functions that they feature, such as USB 2.0, a 10-bit D/A converter, and faster ADC with a minimum conversion time of 0.5 microseconds, and increase the number of channels of timers and serial I/Fs.
Renesas Electronics Announces Industry's First Low-Power 16-bit Microcontrollers with Integrated USB that Enables High-Speed Charging (BC1.2 Standard)
Renesas Electronics today announced the release of the RL78/G1C Group of microcontrollers (MCUs), which are the industry's first 16-bit MCUs that conform to the USB Battery Charging Specification, Revision 1.2 and provide USB host/function interfaces.
Tokyo Electron Device Announces Development of TB-7Z-020-EMC Extension Microcontroller Card with Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC
Released under TED's inrevium brand, the TB-7Z-020-EMC is an evaluation platform fitted with both an ARM Cortex-A9 MPcore with on-chip connection to an FPGA fabric and a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC that incorporates a range of peripheral functions. It can be used to implement evaluation systems into various different development projects.
Renesas expands RX MCUs with RX63T microcontroller family
Renesas have announced the expansion of the lineup of the RX63T group of microcontrollers. The new RX63T MCUs have higher pin counts and larger memory versions. They also expand the functions that they feature, such as USB 2.0, a 10-bit D/A converter, and faster ADC with a minimum conversion time of 0.5 microseconds (µs), and increase the number of channels of timers and serial I/Fs.
Designing with energy-efficient microcontrollers
The increased use of embedded microcontrollers in electronic equipment coupled with a world energy crisis will force electronics engineers to look at hitherto ignored power-saving features of these devices. Dr. William Marshall, Semiconductors Content Editor at RS Components discusses energy-efficent and power-saving features of embedded microcontrollers in this article from ES Design Magazine.
Renesas Expand RL78 Family MCUs with LCD Controller
Renesas has today revealed the introduction of the RL78/L13 Group of low-power microcontrollers with on-chip LCD controller offering up-to 376 segment drive capability in an 80-pin package. These new MCUs are optimal for consumer, health and industrial equipment that are equipped with an LCD panel.
Fujitsu Semiconductor Announces Two Complete Families of 32-bit Microcontrollers Utilising the ARM Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ Cores
Fujitsu have today launched a new FM4 family of 32-bit general purpose RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor core, featuring DSP and FPU functions. In addition, Fujitsu is introducing a new FM0+ family of devices based on the Cortex-M0+ core.
Crocus Technology develops its first secure microcontroller based on novel Magnetic Logic Unit
Crocus Technology announces today the development of CT32MLU, the first in a category of SIM and secure element microcontrollers for mobile payments, access control, tag reading and other critical applications needing enhanced security and faster performance. Nano-SIM format CT32MLU is based on Crocus' disruptive technology Magnetic Logic Unit that will bring important new advantages to next-generation smartcard designs.
Cortus Releases the World’s Smallest 32-bit Microcontroller IP Core
Cortus releases the world's smallest 32-bit microcontroller IP core – the APS1. The launch of the silicon efficient, low cost APS1 completes Cortus' 2012 processor roadmap. The APS1 is ideal for simpler embedded applications with limited code and data memory requirements. It offers a cost-effective way to replace many existing 8 bit cores by offering improved power consumption and simpler software development.
Fujitsu Add 93 Devices to FM3 family of 32-bit Microcontrollers Based on ARM Cortex-M3 Technology
Fujitsu Semiconductor America today added 93 new versatile devices to its rapidly expanding FM3 family of 32-bit microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 core. The Basic Group has a total of 72 products that include the MB9B520M/320M/120M Series. The controllers operate at 72MHz and have been designed for inverter control, making them ideal choices for household appliances, office automation equipment, and industrial equipment.
ARM Launches Cortex-A50 Series, the World’s Most Energy-Efficient 64-bit Processors
ARM announced the new ARM Cortex-A50 processor series based upon the ARMv8 architecture, extending ARM's leadership in performance and low power. The series initially includes the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors and introduces a new, energy-efficient 64-bit processing technology, as well as extending existing 32-bit processing.