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.

Silicon Labs offers scalable car radio system solution

Silicon Labs has introduced a complete portfolio of receivers/audio processors and multi-standard digital radio ICs designed to deliver AM/FM and digital radio performance for the global car radio market. The new Si46xx family, which includes single-chip digital radio-coprocessors and data receivers, provides an advanced digital radio audio decoding and data reception solution for analogue and digital radio.

Intersil unveils synchronous buck regulator for FPGAs and MCUs

The new ISL8002B synchronous buck (step-down) switching regulator from Intersil has been designed to deliver up to 2A of continuous output current from a 2.7V to 5.5V input supply. Along with the device’s 2MHz switching frequency it provides additional programmable soft-start, and output tracking and sequencing of FPGAs and microprocessors, providing increased system reliability for point-of load conversions in networking, factory automation, instrumentation, and medical equipment.

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.

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