Microcontroller Market Continues to Strengthen

The microcontroller (MCU) market is expected to show positive sales in 2015 thanks to a sharp recovery in smartcards, improvements in the global economy, and the emergence of new embedded-systems applications, such as wearable electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT), according to IC Insights’ 2015 edition of The McClean Report. These market factors, in addition…

Spansion Expands Traveo MCU Line

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Spansion Inc. has expanded its Traveo microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at human machine interfaces (HMI) in automotive dashboards. Spansion is integrating its HyperBus interface with its ARM Cortex-R5-based embedded Traveo MCU for the first time, enabling seamless connections with HyperBus memories, including Spansion HyperFlash memory, to simplify design and provide faster performance in…

Microcontroller Market Rebounds in 2014

Microcontroller (MCU) sales are forecast to increase six percent in 2014, reaching a new record high of $16.1 billion after flat growth in 2013 and dropping three percent in 2012, according to IC Insights’ new Mid-Year Update to the 2014 McClean Report. IC Insights raised its growth forecast for MCU sales in 2014 from three percent due to…

Partnerships Aim to Drive IoT Designs

The growing connectivity in a variety of applications ranging from smart personal devices to automotive infotainment and navigation, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), offers big potential opportunities for component vendors across a number of devices including microcontrollers, microprocessors, and sensors. IHS Technology expects the global market for connected, or Internet-enabled devices, to surpass 6…

RS Stocks EFM32 Zero Gecko Starter Kit

Singapore — RS Components (http://singapore.rs-online.com/web ) (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (http://www.electrocomponents.com) (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced availability of Silicon Labs’ EFM32(TM) Zero Gecko Starter Kit, an excellent tool for engineers to get familiar with the EFM32(TM) Zero Gecko 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), the industry’s…

TI Extends Small Packaging to MSP430 MCUs

Dallas, Tex. — Texas Instruments (TI) has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to several new families of ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs). This enables the design of smaller products with TI’s ultra-low-power FRAM-based MSP430FR5738 and Flash-based MSP430F51x2 MCUs in wafer-level chip scale packages (WLCSP) as small as 2.0 x 2.2 x 0.3 mm, in…