MCU Sales to Reach Record Highs Through 2022

The market for microcontrollers (MCUs) —the IC industry’s original system-on-chip (SoC) product category—is expected to continue hitting record-high annual revenues through 2022 after worldwide sales dropped 6 percent in 2016 because of a slowdown in MCU unit shipments. After drawing down MCU inventories in 2016, systems manufacturers stepped up purchases of microcontrollers in 2017 with unit…

STMicroelectronics Releases MCU Finder for PC

STMicroelectronics has released its MCU Finder for PC, enabling embedded developers to access essential STM32 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M and STM8 8-bit MCU (microcontroller) information conveniently from the same desktop environment used for application development. Leveraging features of ST’s popular MCU Finder mobile app (ST-MCU-FINDER), the PC version (ST-MCU-FINDER-PC) provides easy-to-use selection tools, self-maintaining documentation, and connections…

Newark element14 Launches MSP CapTIvate MCU Dev Kit

Newark element14 today announces the launch of  Texas Instruments’ MSP CapTIvate™ microcontroller (MCU) development kit, a comprehensive, easy-to-use platform providing real-time sensor tuning, all without writing a single line of code. The modular design, easy-to-access data and application orientated approach of the MSP430FR2633-based MCU board, contained within the kit, makes it ideal for application in, for example,…

Micrium Supports Atmel Cortex M7-based MCUs

Micrium, the premier RTOS provider for embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced commercial real-time operating system (RTOS) support for the Atmel® | SMART ARM® Cortex® M7-based SAM V71/V70/E70 and S70 microcontrollers (MCUs). “The industry brings a number of performance and secure communication requirements to the table for embedded systems that benefit significantly…

Microchip Doubles Flash Memory on Low-Power MCUs

Chandler, Ariz. – Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio. The latest family of eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs offers double the flash memory and adds new security options. Key features of the new PIC24F  “GB4” family include an integrated hardware crypto engine with both one-time-programmable (OTP) and Key…

SST, Globalfoundries Qualify 55-NM Embedded Flash Memory

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a leading provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced the full qualification and availability of SST’s 55nm embedded SuperFlash® non-volatile memory (NVM) on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 55nm Low Power Extended (LPx)/ RF enabled platform. The qualification of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’55nm, split-gate-cell SuperFlash technology-based process was performed according to JEDEC standards. This…

Mouser Stocks TI SimpleLink MCUs

Mouser Electronics, Inc. Inc. the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the SimpleLink™ Ultra-Low Power Wireless Microcontrollers (MCUs) from Texas Instruments (TI). These wireless MCUs target Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee®, and other 2.4 GHz RF applications. The SimpleLink Wireless MCU platform is very low power with low active RF and…

Freescale/NXP Merger a Positive For Purchasing

Mergers always create some uncertainty in the supply chain. When two suppliers come together, such as  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd., it’s usually a positive for buyers. Instead of dealing with two vendors, purchasing is now dealing with one. The same is true for distribution partners – most of the time.…