Microchip Technology recently introduced their PIC24F KM family of 16-bit PIC microcontrollers. The PIC24F KM MCUs feature up to 16 KB Flash, 2 KB RAM and 512B EEPROM. The new MCU family is available now. Prices start at $1.77 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The Microchip microcontrollers are ideal for cost-sensitive automotive, consumer, medical and industrial applications.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC12LF1552 PIC microcontroller. It features hardware I2C support, four channel 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), and hardware Capacitive Voltage Divider (CVD) support for capacitive touch sensing. The PIC12LF1552 is the newest member of the PIC12/16F15XX 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family. The Microchip PIC12LF1552 MCU is offered in 8-pin PDIP, SOIC, MSOP and 2x3x0.5 mm UDFN packages. It is available now for sampling and volume production.
Atmel rolled out their SAMA5D3 series microprocessors. The MPUs are based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core. The Atmel SAMA5D3 MPU is shipping in a 324-ball BGA package. It is in mass production now. Prices start at less than USD $7 for 1,000-piece quantities. The new SAMA5D3 series is ideal for embedded applications in the industrial space, including factory and building automation, smart grid, medical and handheld terminals, along with consumer applications such as smart watches, outdoor GPS, DECT (digital enhanced cordless telecommunications) phones.
Texas Instruments introduced their MSP430F66xx microcontrollers. The new TI MCU devices feature embedded 512K Flash, 64K RAM, integrated analog, 160-segment LCD driver and USB. The microcontrollers are code and pin compatible with MSP430F663x microcontrollers, which offer 256K Flash and 16k RAM. MSP430F66xx MCUs are priced from $4.25 in volume units. Samples are now available.
Texas Instruments introduced the 32-bit, real-time C2000 Piccolo F2806xU microcontrollers. The new TI MCUs feature integrated USB 2.0 connectivity, CAN peripherals, and 12-bit, 3 MSPS, analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The F2806xU Piccolo microcontrollers are available in various configurations to meet a variety of performance, memory, peripheral and package size requirements. Prices start at $4.95 in 1k volumes.
Texas Instruments introduced their new MSP430F521x/F522x microcontroller family. The new TI MCUs support a main supply rail (1.8V – 3.6V) and I/O supply rail (1.8V +/-10%). This eliminates the need for level translators and offers system-level advantages such as reduced system cost and increased flexibility. Samples of the MSP430F521x/F522x microcontrollers are available now. They’re priced from $2.05 for 1K units.
Texas Instruments is sampling the new FRAM-based MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers. The TI MCU devices feature Wolverine technology, up to 64kB embedded FRAM, direct memory access (DMA) engine, 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), analog comparator, capacitive touch IOs and UART, SPI and I2C serial interfaces. The TI MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers are ideal for wireless sensing, energy harvesting, Smart Grid, industrial, consumer, building automation and security applications.
Renesas Electronics revealed details of their next-generation microcontrollers and microprocessors. Renesas plans to use 40nm MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology with the RX family of general-purpose 32-bit MCUs. Renesas will also expand their RX Family to include the lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU for the embedded market.
Texas Instruments introduced their Concerto F28M36x microcontrollers. The 32-bit MCU integrate real-time, precise control provided by its C28x digital signal processor and advanced connectivity enabled through its ARM Cortex-M3 core, plus on-chip peripherals. The TI F28M36x microcontrollers are ideal for motor control, renewable energy and smart grid applications that require power conversion, remote data sharing, diagnostics, monitoring and control from a single device. Concerto microcontrollers are priced at $6.99 each (in quantities of 1,000 units).
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC16F1512/13 8-bit eXtreme low Power (XLP) Enhanced Midrange Core PIC microcontrollers. The PIC16F1512 and PIC16F1513 are available now for sampling and volume production in 28-pin SSOP, SOIC, SPDIP and 4 x 4 x 0.5 mm UQFN packages. Prices start at $0.58 each in high-volume quantities. The general-purpose MCUs are ideal for appliance, medical, consumer and automotive applications.