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Fanless computer boards are pushing 15W to the limit

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The limit for fanless designs is often the magic 15W TDP threshold. So what do 6th generation Intel Core processors have to offer and how can the challenges of thermal design be mastered? Asks Christian Eder. High-end embedded systems designed for industrial applications can integrate only a specific selection of new processor technology. In fact, they are only fit for ...

FTDI Chip enhances Super-Bridge MCUs

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FTDI Chip has introduced modules to facilitate the evaluation, development and subsequent implementation of its 32-bit FT90X Super-Bridge MCUs. Optimized for use in home security, industrial control, home/building automation systems, data logging and embedded multimedia applications, the MM900EVxA series of FT90X-centered modules is made up of 4 different units. The MM900EV2A and MM900EV3A incorporate 1.3M pixel camera modules, capable of ...

1GHz MIPS chip aimed at human-machine interfacing

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Ingenic has introduced ‘X Series’, a family of 1GHz MIPS-cored microcontrollers aimed at the more complex end of human-machine interfacing – face, voice and fingerprint recognition, as well as audio and security. The core has what Imagination Technologies, owners of MIPS cores, describes as a “mobile-level” feature set with a double-precision floating-point unit and multimedia/audio acceleration instructions for lossless audio decoding. ...

AMD unveils PRO A-Series desktop and mobile processors

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AMD has introduced its most powerful line of AMD PRO A-Series mobile and desktop processors. Formerly called Carrizo and Godavari PRO, the processors are intended to run Windows 10, said AMD. PRO A-Series Mobile  These have the firm’s fastest mobile processor – version A12 running at up to 3.4GHz. There are 12 cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU). Graphics are ...

ST chip could turn TV services boxes into Wi-Fi hubs

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Your TV services box could also soon become your Wi-Fi hub. STMicroelectronics has announced an HDTV set-top box system-on-chip  device with integrated Wi-Fi functionality. The chip firm has used Wi-Fi 802.11 IP developed by Quantenna in its latest Cannes Wi-Fi (STiH390) SoC. This is an 28nm FD-SOI chip with a multi-core ARM CPU capable of delivering 6K DMIPS and Mali 400 GPU ...

TI Delfino MCU gets in-system programming

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Texas Instruments’ latest 32-bit floating-point microcontroller, called Delfino, gets in-system programming with the FlashRunner line from SMH Technologies of Italy. The in-circuit programming of the F2837xD microcontrollers, which have two real-time control accelerators (CLAs), avoids the limitations associated with traditional programmable devices (On-Socket or Pre-Programmed). Villotta di Chions-based SMH says the FlashRunner programmer’s open architecture makes its firmware upgradable to also support TI TMS320F2837xD ...

Microchip goes big on hardware-based security

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Microchip has included a hardware crypto engine with both OTP and RAM options for secure key storage in its PIC24F ‘GB4‘ family, which also has up to 256kbyte flash and direct drive for 512 LCD segments. Dual-partition live update flash allows the devices to hold two independent software applications, and permits the simultaneous programming of one partition while executing application code ...

Renesas designs RL78 MCUs for low power sensors

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Renesas Electronics has announced the availability of the RL78/I1D range of microcontrollers incorporating analogue peripheral functions for sensing applications. As a result the RL78/I1D functions are designed for integration into detectors that sense minute variations in the output of sensors used to monitor for smoke, gas, and motion or vibrations. As a power saving function, the data transfer controller (DTC), ...

Microchip expands small footprint PIC32 family

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Microchip has added a set of small footprint large flash MCUs to its 32bit MIPS M4K-based PIC32 MX1/2 MCU family. Called the PIC32MX230F256 series, it comes in 28 and 44 pin packages, clocks at 50MHz (83 DMIPS) and has 256kbyte flash and 16kbyte ram. There is also Microchip’s 8bit Parallel Master Port (PMP) for graphics or external memory, a 10bit, ...

Infineon Aurix MCUs get free Tasking RTOS and tools

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Infineon’s TriCore Aurix microcontrollers now have free software development tools courtesy of Altium. The Lite Edition of the Tasking VX-toolset for TriCore includes a one year license and can be requested now on the Infineon or Tasking websites. Harm-Andre, Tasking product manager, writes: “We were often asked about the availability of a quick and easy way to explore the advantages of ...