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.

C is for core

A codesigned core and C compiler should encourage 8bit to 32bit upgrades. By Louise Joselyn.

All for one

Grid computing holds the prospect of accessing vast amounts of processing power from your desktop. By David Boothroyd.

Beat the clock

Why academics and companies alike are pursuing asynchronous circuit designs. By Graham Pitcher.

Perchance to dream

How do you achieve the most benefit from the various low power modes in an 8bit microcontroller? By Vanessa Knivett.

Slimming down

Phone manufacturers are putting pressure on silicon providers to develop single chip phones. But do we really need disposable phones? By Philip Ling.

Simpler security

How flash microcontroller based fire security sounders can be designed at lower system cost than ever before. By Colin Garlick.

Doing the triple

Integrated digital services represent the next big thing for silicon vendors and users alike. By Philip Ling.

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