Microcontrollers

Microcontrollers – whether 8, 16 or 32bit – are all around us: at home, at work, in our cars and in industrial systems. Reflecting this abundance, the market for microcontrollers is worth more than $16billion a year and growing strongly.

The market was once dominated by 8bit parts, but the price performance advantage of ARM based 32bit devices, along with the need to accommodate more complex software, is starting a move from 8bit to 32bit mcus. And this is accompanied by the appearance of multicore devices.

In this section, New Electronics brings you the latest on the microcontroller market.

Priming the design pump

STMicroelectronics has added another device to its Primer range of prototyping devices. The STM32 Primer2, about the size of a mobile phone, comes with a 128 x 160pixel colour touchscreen, a joystick/push button, extension connector and preloaded sample applications. There is also a built in USB port, a MicroSD card slot, along with an accelerometer and an infrared transmitter/receiver.

Cool running

How thermal simulation can reduce ic cost by comparing flip chip/wire bond thermal performance. By Mark Patterson.

Any area, any network

Next generation long haul networks can embrace the cost savings of Ethernet through innovative solutions. By By Mark Donovan and Keith Conroy.

Pig in the middle

With much activity in the 8 and 32bit processor markets, are 16bit microcontrollers stuck in the middle? By Philip Ling.

Guiding lights

Solution providers shed light on the growth opportunities available for LED lighting. By Mike Richardson.

IP star still rising

The IP industry is now buzzing, as was evident in a panel session at the recent IP07 event in Grenoble. By Louise Joselyn.

It’s a gas!

Microtechnology is at the heart of a hydrogen powered fuel cell for mobile phones. By Graham Pitcher.

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