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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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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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