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Microchip ups controller voltage for noise immunity

Microchip has introduced a range of 16-bit dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers at the SPS IPC Drives Conference in Germany, which provides 5V operation for improved noise immunity. The dsPIC33EV family is the first dsPIC DSC with Error Correcting Code (ECC) flash for increased reliability and safety. For safety-critical…

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Peripherals are Microchip's ARM buster trick

Microchip believes even quite sophisticated motor control can implemented with an 8-bit microcontroller. Microchip is questioning the assumption that high end motor control requires the performance of a 32-bit ARM microcontroller or indeed its own 32bit MIPS-based MCUs. “We refuse to commoditise the 8-bit microcontroller, we…

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Toshiba improves ADAS accuracy on dark streets

Europe has become a global centre for the design of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADASs) and at Electronica this week Toshiba showed its latest image recognition processor ADAS. The accuracy of the image processors has been increase with two extra accelerators that improve image recognition accuracy especially in low light…

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Reference design for single and three phase smart meters

Renesas Electronics has introduced a reference design for a smart meter, which incorporates metrology and calibration routines, required for a billing polyphase meter design. The hardware platform is based on the firm’s RX21A microcontroller with a metrology front end circuit and the application processor in a single chip. The…

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MCU core replaces Motorola MC68HC11K range

Polish processor firm Digital Core Design has introduced a synthesisable soft IP core microcontroller which is compatible with the Motorola MC68HC11K range of MCUs. Designed as a replacement MCU for a number of MC68HC11K microcontrollers, the 16-bit core contains input capture and output-compare lines and a real-time…

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Renesas ups RX111 MCU flash to 512kbyte

Renesas Electronics has increased the memory capacity on its RX111 range of 32-bit microcontrollers. Existing RX111 MCUs in 36- to 64-pin packages have flash memory capacity of 16kbyte to 128kbyte and RAM capacity of 8kbyte to 16kbyte. The new versions extend the flash memory capacity range to 512kbyte…

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Spansion adds high speed flash to ARM chip for 3D graphics

Spansion’s latest ARM-based microcontroller integrates the firm’s propriety fast flash memory interface. The Traveo MCUs use an ARM Cortex-R5  processor with the HyperBus memory interface, which Spansion says will allow them to support 3D graphics in car dashboard display applications, without the need for external video…

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Micrium RTOS gets bundled with Kinetis MCUs

Micrium’s µC/OS-II and µC/OS-III real-time operating systems are being bundled into Freescale’s software development kit (SDK) for its ARM-based Kinetis MCUs. The safety-certified RTOS can be used in avionics, medical and industrial control applications. Available extensions provide memory protection, greater application…

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