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).
Texas Instruments launched their new Hercules safety microcontrollers. The new platform consists of the TMS470M, TMS570 and RM4x ARM Cortex-based microcontroller families. The new TI microcontrollers are designed specifically for IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 safety critical applications. The MCUs are ideal for medical, industrial and transportation applications. Hercules microcontrollers are available now for order. Prices range from $5 – $30 USD each (in 10K unit quantities).
Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) introduced the TMPM380 32-bit microcontroller (MCU). The TMPM380 MCU is ideal for cookers, pumps, compressors, motors or any system controlled by inverters or discrete power devices. Engineering samples of the TMPM380 microcontroller are available now. Mass production is scheduled to begin in Q3 2010. The TMPM380 family pricing starts with the TMPM382FSFG (64K Flash / 8K SRAM) at $1.90 per unit in 10,000 unit quantities.
STMicroelectronics rolled out the STM32L series of ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers. The STM32L series features a dedicated low-leakage 130nm process technology and optimized power-saving architecture. The STM32L microcontrollers include flexible Brown-Out Reset, on-board Flash with Error Correction Code (ECC) support, a Memory Protection Unit (MPU), JTAG fuse, integrated USB 2.0 full speed support, and embedded LCD drivers. The STM32L series is sampling now and priced from $1.86 for the STM32L151 with 64Kbyte Flash in the LQFP48 package to $2.81 for the STM32L152 with 128Kbyte in LQFP100, for orders over 10,000 pieces. Volume production will begin in Q4 2010.
NXP Semiconductors introduced the LPC1769 and LPC1759 microcontrollers that operate at 120 MHz. With 256-point 16-bit FFT execution time of less than 190 µs, this is 54% faster than the nearest Cortex-M3 alternative and challenges low-cost DSPs in performance. For 1024-point 16-bit FFT the execution time is less than 0.89 ms. These times include the FFT initialization and overhead of the algorithm. The LPC1769 and LPC1759 microcontrollers are available now with recommended distribution pricing in 10,000 quantities starting at just over $4 (US).
The Embest STM32F107 ARM Cortex-M3 board features the STMicroelectronic ARM Cortex-M3 core based STM32F107VC microcontroller. The STM32F107 board includes a 2.4 inch TFT LCD touch screen panel (320×240), mini USB supporting USB OTG , 10/100Mb Ethernet, Micro SD Card, TFT-LCD, ADC, DAC, SPI, IIC, RS232 (DB9), two CAN, speaker, earphone, five-position Joystick, and Reset button. The board enables engineers to evaluate the full features of the STM32F107VC processor and accelerate to design.
The Embest AT91SAM3U ARM Cortex-M3 Board is an ARM embedded evaluation board. It integrates the ATMEL AT91SAM3U4E Cortex-M3 core-based processor, which operates at a maximum speed of 96 MHz and features 256 Kbytes of Flash and 48 Kbytes of SRAM. The Embest AT91SAM3U features high speed USB 2.0 (480MHz), audio I/O port, SD card interface, and TFT LCD interface. The Embest AT91SAM3U ARM Cortex-m3 Board is available now and for $187 (US).
Atmel introduced the SAM3S Series of highly-integrated Cortex-M3 Flash microcontrollers (MCUs). The SAM3S series includes 18 general-purpose Cortex-M3 based Flash microcontrollers that improve impedance matching, simplify PCB design, and save 50% power at 1 MHz operation with a consumption of only 2.3 mW. The SAM3S is available in Flash memory densities of 64k, 128k, and 256k Bytes and ships in 48-, 64- and 100-pin QFP, 48- and 64-pin QFN packages, and in 100-pin 0.8 mm pitch BGA packages. Sampling starts with the 256 kByte Flash memory density parts in 64- and 100-pin QFP packages. Production volumes will be available in Q2 2010, with prices ranging from $2.50 USD to $4.45 USD in quantities of 10k units.
STMicroelectronics introduced the ST32-M low-power processor chip. The ST32-M is ideal for managing SIM data for machine-to-machine (M2M) cellular communications. ST32-M devices will sample this quareter. Mass production in the DFN8 6 x 5mm package is expected to begin in Q1 2010. The ST32-M family complements the ST32 range (targeting classical Java SIM card ICs) and the ST33 family (for the highly secure SIM card market). The extended Flash cycling capabilities of the ST32-M family, when combined with application-specific software development, will allow Mobile Network Operators to achieve multi-million data cycles in harsh environments.
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.