8-bit MCUs feature 1kB Flash

24th February 2016
Jordan Mulcare

At Embedded World 2016, Atmel announced the 'world’s highest performing', low power, 8-bit MCUs with 1kB Flash memory. The ATtiny102/104 MCUs runs up to 12MIPS and integrate features previously only available in larger more expensive MCUs, making them suitable for smaller applications including logic replacement and the latest cost-optimised applications in the consumer, industrial and home automation markets.

The majority of today’s 8-bit market growth is coming from applications that previously only required discrete components. With many of these applications requiring simple intelligent functions including timing, motor control or on/off functionality, 8-bit MCUs are becoming an essential feature for the personal healthcare, small kitchen appliance and consumer markets.

The ATtiny102/104 8-bit AVRs provide all the necessary features to help spur the growth in these applications with its small, cost-optimised low-pincount package with just 1kB of Flash memory. Integrated features include self-programming for firmware upgrades; non-volatile data storage; accurate internal oscillator to provide more reliable motor control; high-speed serial communication with USART; operating voltages ranging from 1.8 to 5.5V, 10-bit ADC with internal voltage references; and sleep currentsat less than 100nA in power down mode with SRAM retention.

“Atmel has already sold more units of its 8-bit AVR core-based MCUs than the 7.4bn people on Earth,” said Oyvind Strom, Sr. Director of MCUs, Atmel Corporation. “We continue to expand our AVR portfolio with the ATtiny102/104 8-bit MCUs. These are the first two devices in our tinyAVR portfolio that are packed with features optimised for tiny, compact MCU systems such as LED lighting, fan control and other small applications.”

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