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.

Doing the triple

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

Cores and effect

Intel does some fancy design work to reduce power consumption in its latest multicore processor. By Philip Ling.

Time to save power

Adaptive control of frequency and core voltage is aimed at saving battery life in portable products. By Graham Pitcher.

Igniting interest

Ultra small embedded processors for communications applications are grabbing developer’s attention. By Graham Pitcher.

Micros get flash

How semiconductor manufacturers are developing flash based microcontrollers to meet the various requirements of home appliance applications. By Klaus Neuenhüskes.

Measuring up

Can processor benchmarks give you enough information to make a reasoned decision? By Philip Ling.

Changing faces

Some microcontrollers are already emulating simple analogue circuitry. Is there any reason why they shouldn’t take on more?. By Vanessa Knivett.

Two’s company

Dual core media processors rise to the challenge of demanding multimedia applications. By David Katz and Rick Gentile.

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