Texas Instruments introduced the MSP430FR57xx FRAM series of ultra-low-power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16-bit microcontrollers. Data can be written more than 100 times faster with the TI MSP430FR57xx FRAM series. Compared to flash- and EEPROM-based microcontrollers, the new MCUs use as little as 250 times less power. The MSP430FR57xx’s on-chip FRAM supports data retention in all power modes, can handle over 100 trillion write cycles.and enables developers to partition data and programming memory with changes in software. The MSP430FR57xx microcontrollers are available now. Prices start at $1.20 (10K units).
ON Semiconductor announced their Q32M210 family of mixed-signal microcontrollers. The Q32M210 features the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, dual 16-bit ADCs, a highly accurate voltage reference, triple 10-bit DACs and 32-bit core. Samples of the Q32M210 microcontrollers are available now. The MCU is priced at $4.99 per unit (10,000 unit quantities). The Q32M210 is ideal for precision measurement and monitoring applications.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the MSP430AFE2xx 16-bit microcontrollers. The analog front end (AFE) ultra-low-power MCUs are based on a 16-bit RISC architecture with a system frequency of 12MHz. The microcontroller has an energy accuracy with less than 0.1% error over a dynamic range of 2400:1. The MSP430AFE2xx features three independent 24-bit sigma-delta A/D converters, one 16-bit timer, one 16-bit hardware multiplier, USART communication interface, watchdog timer, and 11 I/O pins. The TI MSP430AFE2xx microcontrollers are available now. Prices start at $0.80 for 1K units.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC16F(LF)720 and PIC16F(LF)721 microcontrollers. The 20-pin MCUs feature low power consumption, up to 7 KB of self-write Flash program memory, a temperature-indicator module, an 8-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC), a capture/compare PWM module, I2C, SPI and AUSART. The PIC16F(LF)720 and PIC16F(LF)721 microcontrollers are available now in a 20-pin, 4 mm x 4 mm QFN package. PIC16F(LF)720/1 MCUs are also available as 20-pin PDIP, SOIC and SSOP packages. The Microchip devices are ideal for appliances (blenders, refrigerators, dishwashers), electronic, (TV remote controls, toys, phones, set-top boxes), industrial (digital water heaters, security systems, humidity sensors), and automotive (remote lock systems, power seats, level sensors, lighting control) applications.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the Qorivva MPC567xK 32-bit microcontrollers. The Qorivva MPC567xK MCU family is ideal for radar- and camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning systems, side view assistance and adaptive headlights. The dual-core MPC567xK microcontrollers feature a lock-step mode to detect and mitigate common hardware and software faults while meeting automotive software integrity level D standards. Samples of the first member of the MPC567xK family are expected in March. General availability is planned for Q3 2011.
Microchip Technology introduced the PIC18F K80 8-bit CAN microcontrollers (MCUs). The Microchip PIC18F K80 microcontrollers feature 1.8 – 5.5V operation and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology. The new PIC18F45K80, PIC18F46K80, PIC18F65K80 and PIC18F66K80 MCUs are available in 44- and 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages. The PIC18F45K80 and PIC18F46K80 MCUs are also available in a 40-pin PDIP package. The PIC18F25K80 and PIC18F26K80 MCUs are available in 28-pin QFN, SOIC, SPDIP and SSOP packages. Prices start at $1.84 each (in 10,000 unit quantities).
Texas Instruments (TI) rolled out 64 new ultra-low-power MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that offer 16-bit performance at an 8-bit price. The MSP430G2xx2 MCUs feature integrated capacitive touch IOs, which enable developers to interface directly with capacitive touch pads without additional hardware and components. The TI G2xx2 MCU Value Line also include extra package and memory options. Samples are available now. The new MSP430G2xx2 MCUs are priced from $0.33 for 100K units.
Microchip Technology introduced the 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontroller family. The six members of the PIC32MX5/6/7 family are available now for sampling and volume production. All six microcontrollers are available in 100-pin TQFP 12x12mm, TQFP 14x14mm and BGA packages, and 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages. Prices range from $3.71 each for the PIC32MX534F064H, up to $4.93 each for the PIC32MX764F128L (in 10,000 unit). The PIC32MX5/6/7 family is ideal for communications (point-of-sale terminals, Web servers, multi-protocol bridges), industrial/medical (automation controllers, medical devices, security monitoring), consumer/appliance (audio, MP3 decoders, displays, small appliances, fitness equipment), and automotive (aftermarket, car alarms, GPS).
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the TMS320F2806x Piccolo floating-point microcontrollers (MCUs). The Piccolo F2806x features an enhanced math engine for simplifying programming and optimizing performance in real-time control applications that may require integrated communications. The TI TMS320F2806x is ideal for energy-efficient motor control and renewable energy applications. The F2806x Piccolo family of microcontrollers start at $4.95 (1K volumes). Samples are available now.
Renesas Electronics introduced the RL78 microcontroller (MCU) family. The RL78 microcontrollers integrate features from both the R8C and the 78K (78K0, 78K0R) families. The Renesas MCUs are ideal for battery-operated devices and household applications. Samples of the RL78 will be available in Q1. Mass production is scheduled for July 2011. The RL78/G12 Group MCUs with 2 KB of flash memory and 256 bytes (B) of RAM in a 20-pin shrink small-outline package (SSOP) will be priced at $0.45 per unit in 10,000-piece lots, and the RL78/G13 Group MCUs with 64 KB of flash memory and 4 KB of RAM in a 64-pin, low-profile quad flat package (LQFP) will be priced at $1.00 per unit in 10,000-piece lots.