Renesas Electronics revealed details of their next-generation microcontrollers and microprocessors. Renesas plans to use 40nm MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology with the RX family of general-purpose 32-bit MCUs. Renesas will also expand their RX Family to include the lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU for the embedded market.
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).
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC16F1512/13 8-bit eXtreme low Power (XLP) Enhanced Midrange Core PIC microcontrollers. The PIC16F1512 and PIC16F1513 are available now for sampling and volume production in 28-pin SSOP, SOIC, SPDIP and 4 x 4 x 0.5 mm UQFN packages. Prices start at $0.58 each in high-volume quantities. The general-purpose MCUs are ideal for appliance, medical, consumer and automotive applications.
Microchip Technology launched the PIC16F145X, PIC18F2X/4XK50 and PIC18F97J94 microcontrollers. The new MCU families consist of 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash. The devices feature internal clock sources with the 0.25% clock accuracy necessary for USB communication, which saves up to $0.15 by eliminating the need for an external crystal. In addition, all three families are eXtreme Low Power compliant, with power consumption down to 35 µA/MHz Active and 20 nA in Sleep mode.
The Texas Instruments C2000 Piccolo TMS320F2802x microcontrollers integrate analog hardware on a single chip and replace multiple electronic components. The TI MCUs are ideal for household appliances, industrial textile machines and compressors. The Piccolo F2802x microcontrollers are priced at $1.50 each in 1000 volumes. They are available in a wide variety of configurations.
Texas Instruments introduced their new Wolverine MSP430 microcontroller platform. The TI ultra-low-power microcontroller consumes 50% less power than any other MCU in the industry (360 nA real-time clock mode and less than 100 µA/MHz active power consumption). The first devices based on this platform will be the MSP430FR58xx microcontroller series. They will be available for sampling in June 2012.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC10F(LF)32X and PIC1XF(LF)150X 8-bit PIC microcontrollers. The new MCUs feature configurable logic, Configurable Logic Cells (CLCs), Complementary Waveform Generators (CWGs) and Numerically Controlled Oscillators. Samples and volume-production quantities of the PIC10F(LF)320, PIC10F(LF)322 and PIC16F(LF)1507 MCUs are available now. The PIC1XF(LF)1501/3/8/9 MCUs will be available in the next two quarters. Prices start at $0.37 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The Microchip PIC10F(LF)32X and PIC1XF(LF)150X microcontrollers are ideal for appliances, automotive, consumer, and industrial applications.
STMicroelectronics launches their new STM32 F4 microcontrollers series. The STM32 F4 is based on the latest ARM Cortex-M4 core. There are four variants in the STM32 F4 Series: STM32F405x (USB On-The-Go), STM32F407 (two USB OTG), STM32F415 (STM32F405 with a crypto/hash processor) and STM32F417 (STM32F407 with a crypto/hash processor). All four versions are in volume production. Prices start at $5.74 for the STM32F407VET6 with 512 Kbytes of Flash and 192 Kbytes RAM in the LQFP100 package.
Microchip Technology rolled out 60 MIPS 16-bit dsPIC33E Digital Signal Controllers and PIC24E microcontrollers. The new DSCs and MCUs are based on the dsPIC DSC/PIC24 MCU core. They feature larger (536 KB) Flash memory, more RAM (52 KB), greater I/O capability with 144-pin packages, a USB 2.0 OTG interface, and expanded motor-control, graphics, audio, and real-time embedded-control capabilities (compared to the previous-generation dsPIC DSC/PIC24 MCU core). The dsPIC33E DSCs and PIC24E MCUs are available in 64-pin QFN and TQFP packages, 100- and 144-pin TQFP, 121-pin BGA, and 144-pin LQFP packages. Pricing starts at $4.98 each (10,000-unit quantities).
Microchip Technology introduced their PIC16F1516/7/8/9 and PIC16F1526/7 (PIC16F15XX) microcontrollers. The PIC16F(LF)1516 and PIC16F(LF)1518 MCUs are available in 28-pin SOIC, SPDIP, SSOP and 4 mm x 4 mm UQFN packages. The PIC16F(LF)1517 and PIC16F(LF)1519 MCUs are available in 40- and 44-pin PDIP, 10 mm x 10 mm TQFP and 5 mm x 5 mm UQFN packages. The PIC16F(LF)1526 and PIC16F(LF)1527 MCUs are available in 64-pin 9 mm x 9 mm QFN and 10 mm x 10 mm TQFP packages. Volume pricing starts at $0.68 each for the 28-pin parts.