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Integration its core New MSP430 MCUs
Integration at its core: New MSP430 MCUs offer configurable signal-chain elements for sensing applications

Texas Instruments announced the addition of new microcontrollers with integrated signal-chain elements and an extended operating temperature range to its MSP430™ value line portfolio. New MSP430FR2355 ferroelectric random access memory MCUs allow developers to reduce printed circuit board...

Increase System Performance Closed-loop Control Applications
Increase System Performance in Closed-loop Control Applications with New PIC and AVR MCUs

From pool pumps to air handling units, closed-loop control is one of the most fundamental tasks performed by embedded systems. Advancements in the architecture of PIC and AVR 8-bit microcontrollers have optimized the devices for implementing closed-loop control...

Maxim Low-Power Microcontrollers Extend Battery Life
Maxim's Low-Power Microcontrollers Extend Battery Life for Wearables and Other Compact Devices

Designers of internet of things sensors, environmental sensors, smartwatches, medical/preventive health wearables, and other size-constrained devices can now increase battery life and functionality using the ultra-low power MAX32660 and MAX32652 microcontrollers from Maxim Integrated Products...

Single-port pin drives dual LED
Single-port pin drives dual LED

Most current microcontrollers offer I/O ports that can change their functions during program execution. As outputs, the circuits can sink and source reasonably large amounts of current. This Design Idea shows three alternative methods...

New robust noise-immune capacitive-sensing MCUs TI
New robust, noise-immune capacitive-sensing MCUs from TI bring touch control to cost-sensitive industrial applications

Bringing capacitive-sensing capabilities to cost-sensitive applications, Texas Instruments announced an expansion of its MSP430 microcontroller family with CapTIvate™ technology. Developers can use the new MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs with integrated capacitive touch to add as many as 16 buttons as well as proximity sensing...

Lowest-power multi-standard multi-band MCUs connect building
Lowest-power multi-standard, multi-band MCUs connect the building, factory and grid via Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1 GHz

To meet growing connectivity needs for buildings, factories and the grid, Texas Instruments introduced its newest SimpleLink wireless and wired microcontrollers. These new devices offer industry-leading low power consumption and concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity...

RC lowpass filter expands microcomputer output
RC lowpass filter expands microcomputer's output port

It’s almost a corollary to Moore’s Law: Next year, microcomputers will have more features, and the software team will have bigger ideas. Unfortunately, though, the number of output pins will stay the same. Finding even one spare output for diagnostics, test, or even standard I/O can be a tussle...

New Silicon Labs Wi-Fi Devices IoT
New Silicon Labs Wi-Fi Devices for the IoT Slash Power Consumption in Half

Silicon Labs has introduced a new Wi-Fi portfolio to simplify the design of power-sensitive, battery-operated Wi-Fi products including IP security cameras, point-of-sale terminals and consumer health care devices...

11 Myths About 8-Bit Microcontrollers
11 Myths About 8-Bit Microcontrollers

The venerable 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) celebrated its 46th birthday this year. Even in middle age, the scrappy, numerically challenged architecture still finds its way into many new embedded applications...

Digital Control Meets Intelligent Analog Streamline
Digital Control Meets Intelligent Analog to Streamline Design

Whether it’s used as an initial introduction into embedded development, the main controller of a connected application or as an attach component to offload tasks from a larger system, the role of the 8-bit microcontroller continues to expand...