Microchip Technology introduced the dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (for high-voltage motors) and the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (for stepper motors). The development tools enable rapid designs using dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). Both tools are available today. The dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (part # DM330023) is $650. The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (part # DM330022) is $129.99, and is also available as the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Kit (part # DV330021, $269.99), which includes a stepper motor and 24-volt power supply.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the S08MP16 microcontrollers (MCUs) for embedded motor control. The entry-level 8-bit S08MP16 microcontroller (MCU) family provides a safe, accurate, and cost-optimized solution for brushless DC (BLDC) motor control applications ranging from industrial drives to automotive fuel pumps. Industrial- and automotive-qualified samples of the S08MP16 are available now in sample quantities, with production quantities planned for early 2010. Suggested resale pricing starts from $1.10 (USD) for 10,000-unit quantities.
Atmel, HMT Microelectronic, and MESCO Engineering teamed together to create a turnkey solution for integrated IO-Link devices. The solution provides designers overall savings in bill-of-material and board space. The IO-Link reference design combines Atmel’s AVR , HMT’s PHY IC, and MESCO’s IO-Link stack to create the industry’s smallest IO-Link reference design. IO-Link is the upcoming industrial control communication standard that will introduce several benefits for the end user, including easier cabling, remote diagnostics, and configuration.
The RISC-based Korenix JetCard 5400-w is an embedded Linux single board computer (SBC). The JetCard 5400-w has an operating temperature range of -40 to +80 °C. The PCI-104 single board computer features five RJ45 Ethernet ports, one console port, one USB port, and advanced Layer-3 Router functionalities to efficiently manage extended network groups. The Ethernet ports of JetCard 5400-w are available for IPC to function as an Industrial Ethernet Switch without extra Ethernet devices (saving installation costs).
Nexcom rolled out the NISE 100 fanless computer for control and automation applications. The NISE 100 weighs only 4 lbs and is housed in a tiny 7.28″(W) x 5.2″(D) x1.97″(H) aluminum chassis. The NISE 100 features the Intel Atom N270 1.6GHZ processor with 533MHz FSB, 945GSE embedded chipset, three COM ports, GbE LAN port, and one DVI-I output. The palm-sized fan-less computer offers noise-free and space-saving installation in any industrial environment.
Korenix introduced the JetBox 5300-w embedded Linux computer. The JetBox 5300-w has an operating temperature of -40 to 80 °C. The fanless computer features redundant dual power inputs, two LAN ports, two USB ports, two RS232/422/485, and two RS232 serial ports. In addition, the compact JetBox 5300-w offers four DI and four DO channels for integrating alarms, indicators, and sensors into complex networking system. The RISC-based computer is ideal for front-end industrial control deployments (such as open-pit mines, railcars, railways, and public utilities).
Toshiba America Electronic Component (TAEC) introduced the TMPM370 microcontroller (MCU). Toshiba’s TMPM370 32-bit MCU is ideal for high-efficiency AC motor applications such as washing machines, refrigerators, and air conditioners. The microcontroller combines an 80MHz ARM Cortex(TM)-M3 processing core with a hardware vector engine, providing enough computation capability to drive two independent motors. Engineering samples of the TMPM370 MCU are available now. Mass production of the device is currently scheduled for Q2 2010. The TMPM370 MCU is priced at $4.50 per unit in 10,000 unit quantities.