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8-Bit & 16-Bit Quarterly Report November 2012
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FRAM-based MCUs Bring Advanced Security to Low-Power Applications
Security is becoming increasingly important in a wide range of applications including smartphone accessories, smart metering, personal health monitoring, remote controls and access systems. To protect revenue and customer privacy, OEMs need to employ secure technology that increases the dif´Čüculty of hacking systems.  (more)
Microchip
Intelligent Lighting & Control
Intelligent Lighting & Control solutions from Microchip meets the needs of lighting engineers with a large array of 8-, 16-, 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, analog, wireless, and human interface products - enabling innovation in lighting.
FEATURED NEWS & ANALYSIS
Microchip's Free MPLAB® XC32++ Compiler for All 32-bit PIC32 MCUs Offers Unlimited Code Generation
Zilog Announces Z8051 MCU Development Tools Version 2.0 Featuring a Wide Array of Industry-Standard 8051-Based Microcontroller Solutions
Highly Integrated 18-Bit DAC from Maxim Integrated Provides Full Functionality and High Accuracy for Industrial Test and Measurement
GSM click add-on board released!
Introducing Komodo CAN Solo Interface - Industry-Leading Features for a Low Price
Silicon Labs Expands Wireless Portfolio to Include Ember® ZigBee® Solutions for the "Internet of Things"
Stamped Spring Pin Socket for MicroSD
Cortus Releases the World's Smallest 32-bit Microcontroller IP Core
TI enters JESD204B market with industry's fastest dual, 16-bit ADC and first clock jitter cleaner
Zilog
The Z8051 MCU Product Family features a wide array of industry-standard 8051-based microcontroller solutions. This powerful Z8051 MCU provides a highly flexible and cost-effective solution to a variety of embedded control applications. Readily available development software from numerous third-party tools support centers means no change to the development environment for your 8051 platforms.
NXP
Built around a 90 nm, 266 MHz ARM926EJ-S CPU core and a Vector Floating Point (VFP) coprocessor, the NXP LPC3200 family is designed for applications that require high performance, high integration, and low power consumption. Advanced process technology optimizes each microcontroller's intrinsic power, and software-controlled features provide best-in-class power management.
ARTICLES AND TECH BRIEFS
FRAM-based MCUs Bring Advanced Security to Low-Power Applications Security is becoming increasingly important in a wide range of applications including smartphone accessories, smart metering, personal health monitoring, remote controls and access systems. To protect (more)
Growth of USB in Medical Devices USB is becoming the de-facto standard for wired connectivity in healthcare devices. (more)
Challenges of Adding Connectivity to Low-Power, MCU-based Products Designers must consider ease of use of the connectivity solution, constraints of low power MCUs, and low power characteristics of the connectivity solution – while also trying to simplify and accelerate product development and improve the end user experience. (more)
The Danger of Rounded Numbers, Typical Specifications, and Simulations This article emphasizes the importance of designing circuits with care and thinking through all aspects of a design. All too often, engineers are led astray by a data sheet's specs, either because they have been rounded or because the engineer only kept the typical specifications in mind. With either pitfall, there can be disastrous results in a design. This document explains why relying on rounded numbers and typical specifications, and favoring simulations over physical prototypes can cause a circuit to fail. (more)
Make the Most of MCU Sleep Modes Predict how well an MCU will perform over its lifetime on a single battery charge, and make intelligent architecture choices. The advent of inexpensive, energy-efficient embedded processors and smart-object (more)
How Low Can You Go? Ultra-low-power microcontroller technologies may revolutionize new designs. VDC Research embedded hardware team analysts left Embedded World 2012 with the impression that this is the Year of the Microcontroller (more)
Efficient Brushless DC Motor Control with Zilog® Products Many different types of induction motors have been available on the market for decades, including AC induction, brushed DC and brushless DC motors. Each type of motor has different advantages and disadvantages. (more)
Energy Harvesting Comes of Age for Wireless Sensor Networks Enabling technologies include cost-effective energy-harvesting devices, small and efficient energy-storage devices and single-chip, ultra-low-power wireless MCUs. As wireless sensor nodes become commonplace (more)
Capacitive Proximity Sensing Remote interaction with user interface offers new opportunities for product differentiation. Capacitive touch technology is still all the rave in the user-interface space, as it rightfully should be. (more)
Real-Time Clock Adds Accurate Timekeeping to Microcontroller System How to add an RTC that supports the 1-Wire protocol to a microcontroller-based system. Introduction Many microcontrollers include timer circuits, but only a few include a battery-backed real-time clock (more)
Embedded World
The embedded world Exhibition&Conference from 26–28 February 2013 gathers the embedded community in Nürnberg for the eleventh time. The world's biggest exhibition for embedded technologies is growing steadily. The embedded world Conference parallel to the exhibition again offers many presentations and an extensive programme of practical workshops. The electronic displays Conference presents the latest research findings and highly topical market developments for the international display experts. More than 1,000 university students are expected at the embedded STUDENT DAY.
FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE
Chip Design enters the Third Dimension How will stacked-die affect the IP supply chain? FinFet transistor structures will require new Spice models. But what else? …
ARM Vs. Intel, Phase Two ARM wants a piece of the data center, Intel wants a piece of the mobile market. How they get there will impact the entire semi industry. …
"MicroFlix"…Funny name; how crazy would it be if Netflix joined the Microsoft Family? If Microsoft were to buy Netflix - and it's a big "if", since it's only a rumor - MSFT could join Apple, Amazon and Google in having a huge influence on the embedded industry. Continue reading → …
Free Version of MPLAB XC32++ Compiler Features Unlimited Code Generation @MicrochipTech
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