Microprocessors

Microchip adds data encryption to PIC microcontrollers

Microchip has tuned its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC microcontroller range with increased data protection capabilities.

The MCUs integrate a hardware crypto engine, a Random Number Generator (RNG) and One-Time-Programmable (OTP) key storage  or protecting data in embedded applications.

Several security features are integrated into the PIC24F “GB2…

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ST trims STM32 for 1.8V operation

The latest STM32 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics are designed as low-voltage devices can operate from a 1.8V power supply, while allowing on-chip peripherals to operate from higher voltages such as 3.3V.

“The combination of 1.8V digital supply voltage and independent analog domain is particularly strong where…

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Renesas kit for accurate motor control

Renesas Electronics has introduced two motor control reference designs for drive 3-phase brushless AC motors.

The inverter kits are based on the 32-bit RX family of MCUs, with one kit on RX220 offering 50DMIPS and the other on RX62T offering 165DMIPS.

The RX220 inverter kit is designed for…

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NXP gets tough with ARM Cortex-M0+ MCUs

NXP Semiconductors has added to its LPC range of microcontrollers designed for harsh operating conditions common in many industrial, lighting, and industrial automation applications.

The LPC11E6x family is available in three memory and package variations, including up to 256kbyte flash, 36kbyte RAM and 4kbyte EEPROM.

The ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontrollers…

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TI opts for Linux based on Mainline kernel

Texas Instruments has introduced a Linux software development kit (SDK) based on a Mainline Linux kernel for its Sitara range of microcontrollers.

TI said it is committed to Mainline Linux and collaborates with the Kernel.org community to provide annual support of the long-term stable (LTS) kernels within its…

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Freescale expands Kinetis MCU design support, adds Arduino

Freescale Semiconductor has upped the development support for its latest microcontrollers in the Kinetis K series.

The new Kinetis software development kit (SDK) incorporates hardware abstraction layers, RTOS adapters, peripheral drivers, libraries, middleware, utilities, and usage examples.

There is also an mbed-enabled FRDM-K64F development platform which is compatible…

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IAR toolchain supports Freescale HCS12 MCUs

IAR Systems has released an updated version of its development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for 16-bit HCS12 microcontrollers from Freescale.

A new feature is the IAR C/C++ Compiler for HCS12 uses the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 standard, known as C99, as the default C language.

Version 4.10…

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Simple PICs get more peripherals

Microchip has increased the number of analogue peripherals and added pin mapping to its general-purpose MCUs.

“The PIC16F170x  – PIC16F171x family features core-Independent peripherals, such as the configurable logic cell [CLC], complementary output generator [COG] and numerically controlled oscillator [NCO].” said the firm. “These self-sustaining peripherals are designed…

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