Freescale Semiconductor introduced the Qorivva 32-bit MPC5676R microcontroller. The new multicore automotive MCU features 6 MB of on-chip flash memory, 384 KB of on-chip RAM, three enhanced timing processor units (eTPU), 64-channel 12-bit analog-to-digital converter, CAN and FlexRay communications systems, on-chip hardware for knock detection processing. The 90nm Freescale Qorivva MPC5676R microcontrollers make it easier for automotive designers to improve engine efficiency and reduce exhaust pollution. The MPC5676R MCU is ideal for a variety of powertrain control applications, including diesel, gasoline and natural gas engines and hybrid electric and plug-in electric vehicles. Evaluation kits and samples will be available in January 2012.
Ronetix introduced their SK-PM9G45 Starter Kit. The SK-PM9G45 is based on the Atmel’s 400MHz, ARM926-based AT91SAM9G45 microcontroller (MCU). The starter kit includes a PM9G45 CPU module, baseboard and 7-inch LCD 800×480 with touchscreen and LED backlight. The Ronetix SK-PM9G45 starter kit supports Linux, WinCE and Android OS. The PM9G45 CPU module features 128MiB DDR2, 256MiB Flash and 8MiB Atmel Serial DataFlash option.
Microchip Technology introduced their Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit. The new Microchip kit enables products to communicate using the same wiring that provides power. The PLM PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit is compliant with the utility frequency band. The kit features two daughter boards, two sets of high-voltage adapter cables, royalty-free schematics, demo code and software in source-code format. The kit is available now for $225.
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPIC33FJ16 GP, dsPIC33FJ16 and PIC24FJ16 MC series of 16-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The general-purpose dsPIC33FJ16 GP devices feature a Real-Time Clock/Calendar and up to 21 general-purpose output pins. The dsPIC33FJ16 and PIC24FJ16 MC devices feature a 6-channel Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) peripheral with synchronized outputs for 3-phase operation. All of the devices are priced at about a dollar each in high-volume quantities.
Texas Instruments introduced their C2000 Concerto dual-core microcontroller series. The TI Concerto 32-bit MCU devices include a C28x core, control peripherals, an ARM Cortex-M3 core, connectivity peripherals, and safety and security features. The Concerto microcontrollers are available now in a 144 QFP package. Prices start at $6.99 (at 1000 units). The Concerto dual-core microcontrollers are ideal for intelligent motor control, renewable energy, smart grid, digital power and electric vehicles.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC12F(LF)1840 and PIC16F(LF)1847 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. The MCUs feature 7 KB [PIC12F(LF)1840] and 14 KB [PIC16F(LF)1847] of on-chip Flash memory, up to 1 KB RAM, and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology (LF versions). The PIC12F(LF)1840 MCUs are priced at $0.75 each (10,000-unit quantities). They are available in 8-pin PDIP, SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN SOIC packages. The PIC16F(LF)1847 MCUs are priced at $1.04 each (10,000-unit quantities). They are available in 18-pin PDIP, SOIC, SSOP and 4 mm x 4 mm UQFN packages.
Microchip Technology introduced their Accessory Development Starter Kits for Android. The starter kit is a standalone board used for evaluating and developing electronic accessories for the Google Android operating system for smartphones and tablets. The Microchip PIC24F Accessory Development Starter Kit For Android consists of the 16-bit PIC24F PIC MCU-based development board and a software library. The PIC24F starter kit is available now for $79.99. The PIC32 starter kit will be available in the third quarter of 2011 for $79.99. The software library (works with both kits) is also available now via a free download.
Microchip Technology introduced the Epson S1D13517 Graphics Controller PICtail Plus Daughter Board, Graphics Display Truly 7″ 800 x 480 (WVGA) Board, and Graphics Display Truly 5.7″ 640 x 480 (VGA) Board. The Epson-based graphics-controller board is available now for $119.99. The 7″ touch-panel LCD daughter board is available now for $269.99. The 5.7″ touch-panel LCD daughter board will be available in June for $269.99.
Microchip Technology introduced the 16-bit eXtreme PIC24F32KA304 PIC microcontrollers. The PIC24F32KA304 MCU family features an on-chip 12-bit ADC, EEPROM, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing, 5V supply support, and sleep currents down to 20 nA. The Microchip microcontrollers are ideal for industrial, automotive, medical, utility metering, and white goods applications. Samples and volume production quantities are available now.