Microchip Technology introduced the PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. The devices combine the ease-of-use of a PIC MCU with low-cost analog peripherals. The new 8-bit PIC MCUs feature an on-chip dual Op Amp module, 8-bit ADC and two comparators. The Microchip PIC16F527 and PIC16F570 microcontrollers are ideal for systems that require signal conditioning and amplification to interpret analog inputs.
Texas Instruments introduced the Tiva ARM microcontrollers. The Tiva C Series TM4C123x ARM Cortex-M4 MCU is the first device of the new platform. It is the first Cortex-M-based MCUs to be built on 65 nanometer flash process technology. The Tiva C Series TM4C123x MCUs, formerly known as Stellaris LM4F MCUs, are in production now. Pricing for the TI Tiva ARM microcontroller starts at $2.15 at 10K quantities. They are ideal for home, building and industrial automation.
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.
Silicon Laboratories introduced the C8051F5xx automotive-qualified microcontrollers (MCUs). The C8051F5xx microcontrollers reduce system cost and footprint in body electronics applications. The highly integrated C8051F5xx family eliminates the need for discrete analog components and offers industry-leading throughput, reducing code size and further lowering system cost. The F5xx automotive MCUs are available in space-saving QFN packages, as well as leaded QFP packages. Samples and production quantities are available now. Pricing for the F5xx family starts at $1.90 (USD) in 1k quantities.