Texas Instruments introduced their MSP430F525x microcontrollers. The new TI MCU devices reduce power consumption in “always on” applications like smart phones, tablets and accessories. Developers who transfer sensor hub, keyboard control and battery/power management functionalities to MSP430F525x MCUs can create portable consumer devices that put power-hungry application processors and touch screen controllers on standby instead of draining the system’s battery. The MSP430F525x MCUs are available now. Prices start at $2.61 for 1K units.
Dialog Semiconductor introduced the DA8223 real time 2D to 3D video conversion chip for portable devices. The device is supports 3D capable displays from 3.8″ smartphones up to 10″ tablet PCs. The DA8223 features a parallax barrier screen driver that lets users view 3D content without the need for glasses. The 5x5mm 81-ball UFBGA chip can be mounted on the PCB, between the application processor and 3D display, or on the display module as a chip-on-flex. DA8223 samples will be available early in 2011.
Freescale Semiconductor announced a smartbook reference design. The tablet reference design features a 7-inch touch screen with up to four times the viewing area of a typical smartphone and has a form factor that is about one-third the size and volume of a typical netbook. The reference design is based on the Freescale i.MX515 processor with ARM Cortex-A8 technology. It also includes Freescale’s MC13892 power management IC, SGTL5000 audio codec and MMA8450Q 3-axis accelerometer. The smartbook solution is expected to be available for evaluation in February of this year.