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TI MCU has four 24bit ADCs

Texas Instruments has introduced a 16MHz 16bit RISC microcontroller with four 24bit sigma-delta ADCs, with differential programmable gain amplifiers. ADCs have 2nd order over-sampling modulators and digital decimation filters. “The decimation filters are comb-type filters with selectable oversampling ratios of up to 256. This results in ADCs…

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Renesas designs RL78 MCUs for low power sensors

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…

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An Intel PC in a stick

Claimed to be the smallest PC ever, Hannspree has squeezed a real Intel+Microsoft PC into a stick – it includes a quad-core Atom and will run Windows 8.1. Called Micro-PC, in needs to be plugged into an HDMI-compatible display (touch optional) and a wireless keyboard with…

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Toshiba's Cortex-A9 optimised for data-mining

Toshiba has announced three ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessors intended for sound and image data-mining, communications, and security. “Recent advances in big data are making it easier to sift through huge volumes of data and to develop services that provide users with greater value and convenience,” said the firm. “These…

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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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