Texas Instruments announced the universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UART) and controller area network lite (CAN-lite) programmable real-time unit (PRU) daughter cards and software. The UART PRU and CAN-lite PRU daughter cards can be used in evaluation with the AM1x Sitara ARM MPUs or as a standalone reference design. The daughter cards snap into the PRU peripheral connection on the AM1x Sitara ARM MPUs evaluation modules. The TI UART daughter card ($72) and the CAN daughter card ($77) are both available now. The production-quality software code for the daughter cards can be downloaded for free.
Microtune’s MicroCeiver platform is an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform for the digital TV and cable TV markets. The MicroCeiver platform packs radio frequency (RF) analog and digital signal processing system on a single chip. The radio frequency-to-baseband solution offers the building-block architecture for a new family of fully integrated front-end receivers that will bring low cost, miniature footprints and excellent signal reception quality to manufacturers creating next-generation digital televisions, set-top boxes, cable entertainment hubs and IP video electronics. The MicroCeiver architecture will reduce engineers’ development time and production costs, while enabling them to create consumer products for global markets that span multiple applications, product lines and international television reception standards.
Texas Instruments introduced the low-cost, sub-1GHz CC11x1-Q1 device family. The CC11x1-Q1 family includes UHF transmitters, receivers and transceivers. They are designed for very low-power, high-range wireless, and car access systems. The CC11x1-Q1 features a simple RF design, an easy-to-use SPI interface, and does not require external filters or switches which results in a low-cost design. Pricing of the CC11x1-Q1 device family starts at $1.10 for 100k of the CC1151IRHBRG4Q1. These devices are available in a QFN 5x5mm, 32-pin package, resulting in the smallest board space for UHF transceivers on the market.