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.

Say cheese

Microcontrollers with I2C interfaces are at the heart of Hasselblad’s most advanced camera system yet. By Jim Bryant and Lasse Sageryd.

Clocking on

Maintaining the pulse rate of modern electronics means selecting the optimum timing source for microcontrollers. By Andrea Ghidini and Andrea Renditore.

Hard or soft?

Should your next peripheral be hard or soft? This is only one of the questions facing embedded designers when choosing a processor. By Philip Ling.

Moving on up

With 64bit microcontrollers beginning to appear on the market, should you be tempted to consider designing them in? By Graham Pitcher.

Cache Poor

Creating hardware to remove a software layer can drastically reduce your cache. By Philip Ling.

Residents only

An Englishman's home is no longer just his castle; it is rapidly becoming his worplace too. By Philip Ling.

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