STMicroelectronics Launches New Microcontrolers

STMicroelectronics (STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has launched a new family of automotive microcontrollers that heralds the advent of more secure and connected cars. This new family of power-efficient and real-time-capable MCUs brings the world`s first Power Architecture(TM)- based devices manufactured in state-of the-art 40nm Flash technology…

TI introduces the first differential inductive switch

Texas Instruments (TI) (TXN) today introduced the industry’s first differential inductive switch, with a dual-coil architecture that automatically compensates for variations in temperature and component aging. The LDC0851 detects the presence or absence of conductive material by using a simple coil drawn on a printed circuit board (PCB). This unique approach enables low-cost, highly reliable…

Freescale Delivers ‘Thin as a Blade of Grass’ MCU

Austin, Tex. – Freescale Semiconductor released an ultra-thin version of the Kinetis K22 microcontroller (MCU) with a 120-MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core, 512KB Flash and 128KB SRAM in a package measuring 0.34 millimeters in height. The new device is suited for applications such as chip-and-PIN credit cards, wearables and consumer electronics that require security and small form factors.…

TI Claims Smallest, Lowest Power Battery Management for IoT

Dallas, Tex.  – Texas Instruments (TI) launched a highly integrated battery management solution that features a linear charger, configurable LDO, load switch, buck converter, pushbutton control and battery voltage monitor in one solution. The bq25120 claims the industry’s lowest quiescent current (Iq) at 700 nA with the buck converter, operating at 1.8 V.  The configurable…

Toshiba Offers Serial Interface NAND Flash for Embedded

Irvine, Calif.  — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) launched a new family of NAND flash memory products for embedded applications. The new devices are compatible with the widely used serial peripheral interface (SPI). The serial interface NAND flash memory devices can be used in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications, including flat screen TVs,…

Intersil LDO Regulators Deliver 50% Lower Dropout

Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil Corporation offers two new high-performance, single-output low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulators that tout best-in-class dropout and transient performance for noise sensitive loads. The ISL80510 and ISL80505 deliver 1-A and 0.5-A of continuous output current and ultra-low-dropout of 130 mV and 45 mV at full load, respectively. The ISL80510 LDO regulator’s maximum dropout is nearly…

Microchip Sensing Controllers Replace Mechanical Buttons

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its MTCH10x mTouch sensing portfolio with the launch of the turnkey MTCH102-5-8 capacitive touch controllers. In a hardware-only configuration, these 2-, 5- and 8-channel controllers can replace mechanical buttons with a simple digital output. This makes it easy to add proximity and touch detection to any application that is constrained…

Fujitsu Designs Bluetooth Smart Module for IoT

San Jose, Calif. – Aimed at Internet of Things (IoT) applications, Fujitsu Component America, Inc. introduced an ultra-small Bluetooth smart module – the MBH7BLZ07 – that is approximately 50 percent smaller than its predecessor, the MBH7BLZ02. The small size and low-power consumption of the new module reduces the cost and time to develop smaller and lighter…

Taking LED Controllers to the Next Level

Selecting a LED controller for your lighting application is not an easy task. There are a host of device variations that have to be considered along with the expertise of the power supply designer. But assuredly most purchasers of LED controllers are looking to accomplish three things – lower system losses (higher efficiency), achieve a…

Macronix Touts Fastest SPI NOR Flash

Hsinchu — Macronix claimed the industry’s fastest SPI NOR flash memory with the introduction of the OctaFlash MX25UM product family. Key features include next generation performance level of x8 I/O serial interface products with an operating frequency of up to 200 MHz and transmission speeds of up to 400 MB/s. Target applications include in-vehicle entertainment, ADAS…