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Affordable STM32 Cloud-Connectable Kit STMicroelectronics Puts
Affordable STM32 Cloud-Connectable Kit from STMicroelectronics Puts More Features On-Board for Fast and Flexible IoT-Device Development

The new high-connectivity STM32L4 IoT Discovery kit (B-L475E-IOT01A) from STMicroelectronics gives unrivalled flexibility for developers building IoT  nodes by supporting multiple low-power wireless standards and Wi-Fi , while integrating a complete collection of motion, gesture, and environmental sensors, unavailable on other kits in the market...

Microchip Unveils SAM R30 System Package
Microchip Unveils the SAM R30 System in Package for Wirelessly Connected Designs

The SAM R30 System in Package, a single-chip RF microcontroller, is now available from Microchip Technology. The SAM R30 SiP incorporates an ultra-low power microcontroller with an 802.15.4 sub-GHz radio, providing multi-year battery life in a compact 5 mm package. The SAM R30 SiP delivers design flexibility and proven reliability all in a small package, making it ideally suited for connected home, smart city and industrial applications...

Single microcontroller pin senses ambient light
Single microcontroller pin senses ambient light, controls illumination

As in a previous Design Idea, this design uses an LED as a transducer to measure the ambient-light level and to provide illumination. This Design Idea uses the same principle as its predecessor but consists of only one LED, two resistors, one IC, and one 0.1-µF bypass capacitor...

How make your own electronic clock
How to make your own electronic clock in retro style

Some time ago I was poking in my box of old components. I was searching something else, but I stopped when a few of nixies came up into my hand. Once upon a time (a long, long time ago) I have mined them from an old calculator...

Ultra Low Power MCU Enables 10
Ultra Low Power MCU Enables 10 Times System-Level Power Savings and Floating-Point Operation in IoT Applications

Analog Devices announced an ultra low power microcontroller unit that addresses the rapidly growing need for embedding advanced algorithms while consuming the lowest system power at Internet of Things edge nodes. The ADuCM4050 MCU includes an ARM® Cortex®-M4 core with floating-point unit, expanded SRAM...

Reset supervisor waits stable supply
Reset supervisor waits for stable supply

The power-up cycle of the supply voltage in embedded-system applications is sometimes not a clean event. This fact holds especially true in battery-operated systems, because the insertion of a battery often causes significant ringing or glitching on the supply line...

Intel takes another step into Arduino
Intel takes another step into the Arduino world

The Arduino began life as a simple and inexpensive 8-bit microcontroller teaching tool. In the intervening decade plus, it’s grown into a diverse platform that has revolutionized the microcontroller education and hobby worlds. Recent, more powerful additions to the Arduino family have added 16 and 32 bit processors and have brought the Arduino into commercial development as a rapid prototyping platform...

faster PWM-based DAC
A faster PWM-based DAC

When you need an analog output from a microcontroller that does not have a digital-to-analog converter, you can connect an external DAC chip. But for a cheaper solution, use a pulse-width modulated output and add a low-pass filter to extract its average value, which equals the duty cycle of the PWM signal...

New tinyAVR MCUs Increase System Throughput
New tinyAVR MCUs Increase System Throughput While Lowering Power Consumption in Embedded Applications

Microchip Technology has further expanded its AVR microcontroller portfolio by adding three new devices to the tinyAVR MCU family. The new ATtiny1617 series of MCUs expand the range of AVR devices that feature Core Independent Peripherals, which help increase system throughput while lowering overall power consumption...

Latest PIC MCU Family Brings Ease
Latest PIC MCU Family Brings Ease of Design with More Core Independent Peripherals

The PIC16F15386 family, the most powerful launching point into the 8-bit PIC microcontroller portfolio, is now available from Microchip Technology. In addition to our current Core Independent Peripherals, this family includes a high-accuracy 32 MHz internal oscillator and memory features...