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.

USB PD controller from Diodes

Diodes Incorporated has introduced the AP43770 USB Type-C power delivery (PD) controller, a highly integrated solution for implementing PD over USB in fixed and portable devices, and offline power adapters.

Space applications scaled with Arm Core MCUs

Microchip has unveiled the space industry’s first Arm-based microcontrollers (MCUs) that combine the low-cost and large ecosystem benefits of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) technology with space-qualified versions that have scalable levels of radiation performance

RX functional safety solution

Renesas has announced the “RX Functional Safety” solution for industrial applications that reduces the complexity of IEC 61508 Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL)? certification, an international standard for functional safety.

High operating temperature thermal sensor array

Melexis has unveiled a new version of its far infrared (FIR) thermal sensor array. The device has lower thermal noise compared to the current MLX90640, an increased refresh rate of 64 Hz and an elevated operating temperature up to 125 °C.

AllegroMicro launches new speed sensor IC

Allegro Microsystems has released the A17301, a new Hall effect sensor IC intended for two-wheeled vehicles, particularly in position and timing applications like speedometers and tachometers for engine control.

ST makes ultra-low-power MCU family more accessible

STM32L0x0 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) from STMicroelectronics have been developed to provide engineers with a low-cost entry point to the STM32L0 series, delivering ultra-low-power technology and efficient 32-bit performance with the Arm Cortex-M0+ core for designs with tight cost, size, or power constraints.

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