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.

MCUs control two BLDC motors simultaneously

Toshiba Electronics Europe has added two products to its range of ARM Cortex-M4F based MCUs. Both parts – the TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG – are targeted at energy efficient motor applications and incorporate vectoring technology. The TMPM475FDFG also features a CAN controller for specialist factory automation applications.

MCUs come with larger flash and RAM options

A new family of 32bit MCUs has been released by Microchip. Available in 256/64KB Flash/Ram configurations, the devices come with software and tools for designs in digital audio with Bluetooth, USB audio, graphics, touch sensing and general purpose embedded control.

New product innovations from FTDI

FTDI's focus at Embedded World was on two new families of microcontrollers, each tailored for specific applications. The company terms these as AOCs – application oriented controllers – and initially there are two families, the FT51 and the FT900.

Automotive mcus for electronic control units

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced two new automotive microcontrollers. The TMPM350FDTFG is optimised for electric power steering control, while the TMPM350FDTFG is designed for the control of drive motors of hybrid and electric vehicles.

6W ac/dc coverter

Recom has extended its product family of isolated ac/dc power modules with fully regulated single or dual outputs suitable for applications with low power or standby function.

LED control integrated circuit

International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2548D switched mode power supply control IC for energy efficient applications. The device is designed for high power led illumination and combines power factor correction as well as a half bridge driver in a single IC.

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