Microprocessors News

Renesas adds more DSP to low power IoT MCUs

Renesas Electronics has introduced a low power microcontroller with DSP extensions and a floating point unit (FPU) in its RX series. The RX231 32-bit microcontrollers are based on a new version of the RX CPU core with a performance benchmark score of 4.16 CoreMark/MHz, which is a…

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ST in production with Cortex-M7 'super' DSP MCUs

STMicroelectronics says it is in volume production of its first ARM Cortex-M7 processor-based microcontrollers. The STM32F7 range of microcontrollers takes advantage of the Cortex-M7 core’s DSP extension capabilities. It has about twice the digital-signal processing (DSP) capability of the earlier Cortex-M4 processor. See: What…

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Freescale gives Kinetis MCU IoT connectivity

Freescale Semiconductor has added a wireless, multi-protocol to its Kinetis microcontroller (MCU) family with support for Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and IEEE 802.15.4 applications. The KW40Z wireless MCU integrates a 2.4 GHz multi-protocol radio that provides the ability to access one BLE network…

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Freescale's most power efficient processor has two ARM cores

Freescale’s latest generation of ARM-based embedded processors, the i.MX7 series integrates two different Cortex processor cores which adds to the MCU’s power efficiency. As a successor the the i.MX6 series, the i.MX7 series represents Freescale’s most power efficient ARM-based applications processor to…

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FTDI bundles free 32bit MCU hardware with FT90x compiler

Glasgow-based FTDI is promoting its 32-bit RISC FT90x microcontrollers with a free development board when the associated compiler is bought from MikroElektronika. Rather than being any of the usual suspects, the processing core within the FT90x was developed by FTDI runs with zero wait states up to 100MHz…

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MIPS P5600 core licensed for Russian comms processor

Russian fables chip firm Baikal has integrated a multi-core MIPS Warrior P-class (P5600) CPU into its Baikal-T1 communications processor.  “We are glad to present the world’s first publicly-announced implementation of the P5600 CPU,” said Baikal CTO Grigoriy Khrenov, “We created a high-performance, highly efficient…

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MCU has Class-D amp for speech

Lapis Semiconductor has added voice playback capability and a Class-D amplifier to an 8bit microcontroller. 450mW is available at the output at 3V, or 1W at 5V. Called ML610Q304, it comes with up to 96kbyte program flash, 2kbyte data flash and 1kbyte RAM. Hardware-based audio playback minimises CPU…

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Small Box PC for automation and signage

  IEC-3300 is a small-box computer based around Intel’s Bay Trail Celeron and Atom processors from Arbor Technology in Milton Keynes. Inside the 109 x 163mm enclosure, soldered-in processor options are: 1.58GHz dual-core N2807 Celeron (standard) 2GHz quad-core J1900 Celeron (option) 1.33GHz…

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