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.

Mouser stocks sensor module MS4 dev kits

Mouser is now stocking the AmbiMate sensor module MS4 development kits from TE Connectivity (TE). The development kits enable global engineering and development teams to build prototypes and evaluation boards for systems incorporating TE’s AmbiMate MS4 Series sensor modules.?

Increased system performance in closed-loop control

Microchip has released two families of new 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC18 Q10 and ATtiny1607 feature multiple intelligent Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that aim to simplify development and enable a quick response time to system events.

Amazon Alexa technology brought to simple connected objects

The X-CUBE-AVS software package from STMicroelectronics enables Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to run on STM32 microcontrollers, allowing simple connected objects to support advanced conversational user interfaces with Cloud-based intelligence like automatic speech recognition and natural-language understanding.

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