Microprocessors News

Microchip goes big on hardware-based security

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…

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Microchip expands small footprint PIC32 family

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…

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Infineon Aurix MCUs get free Tasking RTOS and tools

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…

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STM32F7 gets safety-critical system design tools

Phaedrus Systems, the UK-based supplier of development tools for safety-critical embedded systems, has announced that its Emprog ThunderBench C/C++ development tool suite supports the STM32F7 discovery kit (STM32F746NGH6, to be precise), which includes the STM32F7 ARM Cortex-M7 based MCU. The kit is typically used for applications…

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Processor brings 1080p video to car rear-view mirrors

ON Semiconductor has developed a range of image co-processors to work with 1.2 and 2 megapixel image sensors specifically in automotive rear view and surround view cameras. According to Sandor Barna, vice president at ON Semiconductor, the processor will support both 1080p and 720p video in automotive applications…

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Design kit for STM32F7 MCU has Arduino extension

STMicroelectronics’ STM32F7 series ARM Cortex-M7 core microcontroller just got easier to design in with a starter kit that has a Arduino Uno connector for coupling into the open source design environment. Dubbed the Discovery kit, it comes with a 4.3-inch WQVGA colour LCD with touchscreen. There is…

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Microchip targets 8-bit PICs at LED lights and motor control

Microchip targets 8-bit PICs at LED lights and motor control. It has introduced two new 8-bit microcontrollers in its range of PIC MCUs with core-independent peripherals (CIPs) which carry out processing functions without running the CPU. The intention is to extend the performance of low cost 8…

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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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