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MCUs combine low power, high performing RF

MCUs combine low power, high performing RF
The CC1310 SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontrollers from Texas Instruments are now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics. These new devices add a sub-1 GHz solution to the SimpleLink wireless microcontroller family, which targets Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee, and other RF applications.
2nd December 2015

Leading MCUs enable both smart & secure things

STMicroelectronics has announced that ST has now delivered more than one billion general-purpose STM32 MCUs based on ARM Cortex cores. In addition, ST has also passed the 500m milestone for shipments of ST33 secure MCUs built around the ARM SecurCoreSC300 processor.
1st December 2015

Low power techniques lead to energy savings

In order to meet the long battery life requirements in the growing market of IoT devices, energy saving is a paramount concern - specifically the reduction of static power consumption when devices spend up to 99.9 % of the time in an inactive mode.
30th November 2015


Small package microcontroller with pre-driver

Small package microcontroller with pre-driver
The TX03 series of ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers from Toshiba Electronics Europe, has been extended with the introduction of the TMPM37AFSQG – a new IC that incorporates Toshiba’s Vector Engine Plus (VE+) coprocessor and a pre-driver to enable brushless DC motor control. The TMPM37AFSQG pre-driver can directly drive MOSFETs for complementary 3-phase PWM output with a minimum unit of 25ns. 
30th November 2015

High-sensitivity touch key MCUs offer more development environment

High-sensitivity touch key MCUs offer more development environment
Renesas Electronics Europe has announced it is expanding development support for touch-based home appliance, building, industrial automation and portable medical applications with the RX130 Group of 32-bit MCUs. The new Group allows embedded developers to incorporate both user interface (i.e., touch key) and system control capabilities in a single MCU.
25th November 2015

Extending battery life and eliminating external memory

Extending battery life and eliminating external memory
The portfolio of Microchip’s Low Power PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) has been extended with the launch of the new PIC24F ‘GB6’ family. These include up to 1MB of Flash memory with Error Correction Code (ECC) and 32kB of RAM, making it the first 16-bit MCU in Microchip’s portfolio to offer such a large memory size. 
25th November 2015

MCUs offer 32-bit computing capabilities

Zilog has introduced its ZNEO32! family of 32-bit Cortex M3 MCUs, thereby expanding its line of MCU products. The Cortex M3 MCUs are special-purpose MCUs for first class motor applications that offer cost effective, high performance 32-bit computing capabilities. This family of MCUs provides 3-phase PWM generator units which are suitable for inverter motor drive systems.
24th November 2015

Toolchain improves performance for Atmel 8-bit AVR MCUs

IAR Systems has released a version of its complete C/C++ development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for AVR. Version 6.70 of the popular toolchain includes improved compiler optimisations as well as new device support and updates to the add-on tool C-STAT for static code analysis.
23rd November 2015

SoC supports digital & analogue position sensors

SoC supports digital & analogue position sensors
Expanding the company's C2000 Delfino MCU portfolio, Texas Instruments has introduced what is claimed to be the industry’s first on-chip solution supporting both analogue and digital position sensors. The TMS320F28379D and TMS320F28379S MCUs, when combined with DesignDRIVE Position Manager technology, enable simple interfacing to position sensors.
20th November 2015

Tiny 8-bit MCUs deliver precision analogue performance

Tiny 8-bit MCUs deliver precision analogue performance
Delivering what is claimed to be the highest analogue performance and peripheral integration in the 8-bit market, Silicon Labs has introduced the latest addition to its EFM8 MCU portfolio. The EFM8LB1 Laser Bee MCUs combine a high-speed ADC, multiple DACs, a highly accurate temperature sensor, two comparators and a 72MHz 8051 core with up to 64kB of flash.
19th November 2015


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