Silicon Laboratories C8051T606 8-bit Mixed-Signal Microcontroller

Silicon Laboratories launched the C8051T606 8-bit mixed-signal microcontroller (MCU). The T606 is the smallest MCU in the world. The microcontroller offers a high degree of functional density for programmable embedded systems in a tiny 2×2 mm2 footprint. The T606 CPU is ideal for space-constrained applications — such as portable consumer products and accessories, gateways, and LED lighting. The C8051T606 Small Form Factor MCU family is available now with pricing beginning at $0.50 in quantities of 10K.

Silicon Laboratories C8051T606 8-bit mixed-signal microcontroller (MCU)Silicon Laboratories C8051T606 Microcontroller Benefits

  • Implement UART-I2C bridges without relying on slower and less reliable software implementations
  • Perform brightness control, color mixing and thermal management required for LED lighting
  • Efficiently implement a system supervisor solution in applications that need warning of low power supply to safely shutdown or switch to battery backup. The T606′s comparator has the unique capability to select multiple inputs with a software controlled multiplexer enabling it to monitor more than one voltage. The on-chip voltage supply monitor ensures the MCU is operating with sufficient supply voltage without the addition of an off-chip supervisor reducing the cost and footprint of the solution.

The C8051T606 MCU offers high levels of performance and integrated on-chip hardware peripherals. The hardware implementation of I2C and UART on-chip leaves valuable code space for application code unlike competing solutions that require a software implementation of these features, wasting code space and CPU MIPs. An integrated 24.5 MHz precision internal oscillator and flexible UART baud rate generator allow UART communications over the full temperature and supply voltage range without the addition of a crystal.

The T606, with a 25 MHz CPU, offers the highest level of processing power in its class, enabling real-time control, high-speed serial communication, fast interrupt servicing, and real time conversion between two different communications ports. The CPU combined with the programmable counter array (PCA) also allows a customer to implement proprietary and custom interface protocols without requiring an ASIC.

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