Microchip Technology introduced the PIC24F GA3 family of eXtreme Low Power (XLP) microcontrollers. The PIC24F GA3 devices feature the industry’s lowest active current for 16-bit Flash MCUs, new low-power sleep modes, 150 microamperes/MHz active current, six DMA channels, and VBAT for battery backup of the on-chip Real-Time Clock Calendar. The Microchip PIC24F GA3 is priced at less than $1.99. The microcontrollers are ideal for consumer (thermostats, door locks, home automation), industrial (security, wired and wireless sensors, industrial controls), medical (portable medical devices, diagnostic equipment), and metering (e-Meters, energy monitoring, gas/water/heat meters, automated meter reading) applications.
Stealth.com (Stealth Computer) launched their new line of All-in-One Panel PC workstations. The industrial grade Stealth Panel PCs are available in 19″, 17″ and 15″ LCD sizes. They are powered by a fully integrated Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The rugged computers are built for industrial environments. The Panel PC workstation models are available now with a base price starting at $2,995 (USD). The All-in-One workstations are ideal for automation, control, HMI, marine, aviation, security, industrial, interactive kiosks and outdoor computing applications.
VIA Technologies introduced the VIA VID series of industrial-class touch screen displays. VIA VID Series displays are available in both ruggedized and open frame configurations. All ruggedized configurations feature IP65 water resistance compliancy and operating temperatures of -10°C to 70°. The TFT LCD panels are ideal for interactive kiosk, POI and POS embedded systems in harsh industrial environments. VIA VID series displays are available now in 15″ and 12.1″ form factors. Later this year, 19″, 10.4″ and 7″ sizes will also be available.
Axiomtek announced the DSA-142 digital signage platform. The DSA-142 includes a 42-inch full high definition wide TFT LCD with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The embedded system features a pluggable CPU board design, Intel GM45 chipset, and either an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53 GHz or Intel Celeron M 575 2.0 GHz processor. The DSA-142 is available now. The DSA-132 (31.5″ LCD size) and DSA-146 (46″ LCD size) are also available. The Axiomtek DSA-142 is ideal for shopping malls, corporate, education, hospitality, banks, transportation, restaurants, and recreation applications.
Axiomtek announced the DSA-200 all-in-one network control box for digital signage application. The DSA-200 features the Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron M processor, Intel GM45+ICH9M chipset, DDR3 800/1066 (up to 4GB system memory), MiniPCI Express for 802.11 wireless LAN connection, 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, VGA, DVI out, and four USB 2.0 ports. The network control box is ideal for transportation, healthcare, corporate, education, financial services, retail, and entertainment applications.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC18F K90 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family. The PIC18F87K90 MCUs are ideal for home-automation (thermostats, security systems, in-home displays), appliance (coffee makers, ranges, refrigerators), industrial (electronic door locks, metering, HVAC controls), medical (pulse oximeters, glucometers, digital thermometers, portable health-monitoring devices), and automotive (alarm systems, keyless entry, dashboard and center-stack displays) applications. The PIC18F K90 MCUs are available in 64- and 80-pin TQFP and 64-pin QFN packages, with prices starting at $2.42 each in 10,000 unit quantities. Samples and volume-production quantities are available now.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs). The CC430F513x microcontrollers combine the MSP430 MCU with the sub-1GHz CC1101 RF transceiver. The CC430F513x devices offer up to 20 MIPS performance and support security options such as an integrated AES hardware module. TI also announced the CC430F61xx series of LCD devices. Production quantities of the CC430F513x MCUs are available for $4.15 (1K units). The CC430F61xx family with integrated LCD will be sampling in May with prices starting at $4.35 (1 K units).
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC12F182X and PIC16F19XX 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The PIC1XF182X MCUs include dual I2C/SPI interfaces, multiple PWM channels with independent time bases, a Data Signal Modulator, and other peripherals. The PIC16F19XX MCUs provide up to 28 KB of Flash program memory. The on-chip LCD drive supports up to 184 segments and provides a low-power drive mode for increased efficiency. The MCUs also include up to 5 Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) channels with independent time bases for controlling various motor types and peripherals.
Avalue announced the MPC-21W3 Digital Signage Computer. The MPC-21W3 is powered by Intel Atom N270 processor. The embedded computer can automatically adjust panel LCD backlight brightness to reduce power consumption and system cost tremendously for 24/7 operation. The hidden Wi-Fi/GPRS/GPS wireless network module ensures that no antennas are exposed during installation. The MPC-21W3 supports CRT and LVDS configurations. It can easily be installed outdoors as large-sized digital signage, television wall, in-store sign board, or inside public transportation display systems.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) introduced the STDP6000 series of single-chip controller ICs. The STDP6000 features advanced 12-bit color-processing capabilities, enhanced color fidelity, DisplayPort connectivity, and ultra-low power consumption when the monitor is in standby mode. In addition, OEMs and end users can easily upgrade their monitor software without factory recall or on-site technical support via ST’s Smart ISP (In-System Programming) technology. The STDP6000 is available in volume production in a 128-pin TQFP package.