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.

Nice threads!

A different hardware and software approach is boosting network processor efficiency. By Graham Pitcher.

Size counts

How reduced component size avoids an attack of the jitters – if you catch my drift. By Mike Richardson.

Armed and ready …

Larger memory and more powerful processing capabilities are the armoury of choice in the embedded design sector. By Vanessa Knivett.

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.

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