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8- 16- or 32-bit processors with integrated special features such as peripherals and interfaces that are targeted for control applications

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Development Board Eases Design With 16-bit MCUs and DSCs

A new small development board provides a complete, low-cost solution for designing with Microchip’s 16-bit PIC24H microcontrollers and dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs),Read More...

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16-bit MCU Family Combines eXtreme Low Power 20 nA Sleep Currents

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The Three Faces of Embedded

Do you ever find it a challenge to explain to your spouse or children what you do for a living? Everybody knows PCs—in fact, in many ways our children know them much better than we do.Read More...

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Processor Roadmap for the Coming Year

2013 is already shaping up as a banner year for embedded processors from 1W SoCs to quad and hex core machines with huge caches and innovative thermal solutions. The usual suspectsRead More...

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Low-Power, 8-bit Microcontrollers With 5V Operation, 20 nA Sleep

A line of low-power, high-performance 8-bit microcontrollers provides features such as operation from 1.8 to 5.5V, numerous communication channels, 8 to 128 KbyteRead More...

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Microcontrollers Integrate USB and Large RAM for Throughput and Data Buffering

A four-member microcontroller integrates USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbytes of RAM. This large RAM enables the buffering of sizeable amounts of data andRead More...

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Digital Medical Devices Fueling a Quiet Revolution in Health Care

With all the attention that health care has gotten in the media in recent months, there appears to be a development that has largely escaped widespread notice. That is the migration ofRead More...

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DSP-Based Servo Motion Controllers with Full Closed-Loop Control

DSP-Based Servo Motion Controllers with Full Closed-Loop Control Two DSP-based servo motion controllers handle three or six axes of control. The PCI-8253 (three axes) andRead More...

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Using Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs for Hardware Platform Management

Sophisticated systems that are designed to be highly dependable usually include some sort of platform management function that monitors and manages the health of the hardware,Read More...

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Transitioning From Analog to Digital in Medical Designs

The burgeoning medical device industry stands to make significant advances with a new generation of microcontrollers that boasts high performance and low power consumption. TheseRead More...

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Low-Power 8-bit MCUs Feature LCD Driver, 5V O and On-Chip 12-bit ADC

A new low-power, 5V 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family includes an on-chip LCD driver module and 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC). The PIC18F “K90” family fromRead More...

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Security Considerations in Embedded I/O Virtualization

In any embedded system, there is inevitably a need for sharing a limited set of physical I/O peripherals across workloads. The embedded operating system provides abstractions, such asRead More...

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Sunshine on the Highway, Power to the Grid

I’m sure that by now all of us have heard that admonition to “think outside the box” so many times that it has long since become a cliché. The idea of thinking outside the box is soRead More...

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System-on-Module Packs Performance into Ultra-Small Form Factor

A new system-on-module (SoM) is implemented in an ultra-small form factor of only 15 x 27 x 3.8 mm using the Texas Instruments DaVinci DM3730 and Sitara AM3703 processors running atRead More...

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32-bit PIC Microcontroller Portfolio with Additional Memory Options

A new, six-member family of 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontrollers from Microchip Technology provides the same integrated Ethernet, CAN, USB and serial connectivity peripherals with new,Read More...

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32-Bit Mixed-Signal MCUs Offer Easy Configuration of Rich Peripheral Set

A new microcontroller family offers a highly integrated, flexible architecture, a rich peripheral set, ultra-low-power, and Eclipse-based development tools that are downloadable at noRead More...

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Wireless Microcontrollers Combine Low-Power Processing and RF Connectivity in a Hybrid Architecture

Microcontrollers (MCUs) are indispensible in the world today. Their applications range from simple alarm clocks and coffee makers to complex electronics systems that controlRead More...

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Microcontrollers Deliver Highly Accurate Temperature Sensing

A family of high-performance 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) features the latest mixed-signal breakthrough, an integrated temperature sensor with best-in-class accuracy over an extendedRead More...

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USB Portfolio with Fifteen New 8-bit MCUs

A line of certified full-speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontrollers features three new enhanced midrange 8-bit families comprised of 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with upRead More...

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Multicore Microcontroller Family Doubles Real-Time Performance of USB-Equipped Variants

Three new USB-equipped multicore microcontroller products address the processing and interfacing needs of a broad range of embedded applications. The new products from Xmos are theRead More...

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Firewall Secures New Microcontroller with Embedded Security

Icon Labs has announced that its Floodgate Embedded Firewall provides network security for Zilog Corporation’s newly announced Zgate family of protected microcontrollers. Zilog, aRead More...

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8-Bit Controller for DC Motors in Tight Spaces

A new 8-bit controller for DC motors features integrated power transistors. Because of its small form factor, the Micronas HVC2480B from Rutronik is the ideal solution for the controlRead More...

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Integration Blurs the Line between MCUs and SoCs

The System on a Chip (SoC) represents the pinnacle of tailored designs. Expressly selected peripherals, especially analog, give the promise of a perfect fit with no waste, deliveringRead More...

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Integrating for Parallelism, Performance and Power—A Dance with Complexity

The effects of integration on high performance embedded computing are definitely producing high performance. While this may be basically enabled by Moore’s law, it has unleashed a wideRead More...

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Microcontroller Integrates 16-bit ADC, 10 Msps ADC, DAC, USB and LCD

A new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) is an analog system on a chip that integrates a full analog signal chain, including an on-chip precision 16-bit ADC and 10 Msamples/s 12-bitRead More...

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8-bit Microcontroller Family with Intelligent Analog and Core-Independent Peripherals

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8-bit Microcontroller Family with Intelligent Analog and Core-Independent Peripherals

A new family of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) combines a rich set of intelligent analog and core- independent peripherals with cost-effective pricing and eXtreme Low Power (XLP)Read More...

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Low-Power Microcontroller Portfolio Includes Integrated Hardware Encryption Engine

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USB 3.0 Cameras with 2 and 4 MP CMOSIS Sensors

Camera manufacturer Basler is expanding its portfolio of ace USB 3.0 cameras to models featuring 2 MP and 4 MP CMV2000 and CMV4000 CMOS sensors from image sensor manufacturer CMOSIS.Read More...

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Which ARM Cortex Core Is Right for My Application: A, R or M?

The ARM Cortex family of cores encompasses a very wide range of scalable performance options offering designers a great deal of choice and the opportunity to use the best-fit core forRead More...

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SMARC Module LEC-BT Runs Atom E3800 Series SoC

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Mini-ITX SBC with Second Generation AMD SoC