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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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Toshiba cuts cost of motor control with Cortex-M0

Toshiba has added an ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller to its TX00 series designed for motor control applications in equipment such as multifunction printers (MFPs), printers, consumer electronics, digital equipment and factory automation equipment. Housed in an LQFP64 package measuring just 10mm by 10mm, pin pitch 0.5mm, the microcontroller has…

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TI aims at smart meters with FRAM microcontrollers

Texas Instruments is aiming at smart metering with 46 low-power microcontrollers with up to 128kbyte of ferroelectric memory (FRAM) non-volatile memory, instead of flash, for low-power data storage. Part of the MSP430FR69xx family, the low-power theme is extended to including TI’s ‘extended scan interface’ (ESI…

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Toshiba Cortex-M0 microcontroller adds comms for motor control

Toshiba has introduced a range of ARM Cortex-M0 based microcontrollers for motor control which meets the need for multiple communications channels along with interfaces for reading data from sensors. The TMPM037FWUG microcontroller has a bit-band processing function that supports access and control of specific bits. This makes more…

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68020 MPU stays out of the grave

The 68020 microprocessor will live on, with a new package, life thanks to a collaboration between Essex-based e2v and Freescale. It is now available in a 132pin ceramic quadpack (CERQUAD), pin-to-pin compatible with the original Freescale plastic quad flat package (PQFP). “This new package option will facilitate…

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Toshiba intros all-in-one smart meter MCU

Toshiba Electronics is targeting smart metering designs with a ARM Cortex-M4F core-based microcontroller for making electric power calculation in meters, but which will also manage comms and display functions. The TMPM411F20XBG MCU also implements tamper detection and failure detection along with key security functions suitable for secure network…

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Atmel adds powerline comms to metering platform

Atmel’s latest power line communications device is based on SAM4Cx smart metering platform which uses a dual-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 architecture. The SAM4CP16B IC is compatible with Atmel’s ATPL230A OFDM physical layer (PHY) device compliant with PRIME standard specification. It has the benefit of incorporating…

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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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