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Low end is the new king

31

Jan

2018

NXP continues its expansion to the low end with the Cortex-M0+ based LPC80x. Cypress also announced the PSoC4100S, based on the same core, but running at 24/48MHz. There were also a few additions on the wireless side, but mostly new packages of existing parts.


Atmel/Microchip
Over a dozen SAME70/S70 had a silicon revision B this month.
Dialog
No change.
Infineon
No change.
Microchip
The new 8-bit/8 MIPS PIC16(L)F18426/18446 (14/20 pins) product family offers a 12-bit ADC, 1 UART, 2SPI and 2 I2C. Close to 50 products were released.
Nordic
No change.
Nuvoton
No change.
NXP
4 parts were added this month at NXP in the LPC54 family with new packages including TFBGA100, (ET100 suffix) and LQFP100 (BD100 suffix).
At the lower end, NXP just launched the LPC80x with a 15MHz Cortex-M0+ core. LPC80x is Cortex®-M0+ MCU family operating at 15 MHz. It supports 16/32 and 2/4 kB of Flash/RAM. Peripherals include a CRC engine, I2C-bus interfaces, up to two USARTs, one SPI interface, capacitive touch interface (cap touch), one multi-rate timer, self-wake-up timer, one general purpose 32-bit counter/timer, one 12-bit ADC, one 10-bit DAC, one analog comparator, function-configurable I/O ports through a switch matrix, an input pattern match engine, and a programmable logic unit (PLU).
Prices start at $0.60/100u.
Renesas
Renesas had no significant changes this month.
SiliconLabs
SiLabs added a QFN 48 package to the EFR32BG/FG/MG wireless families with 512/1024 kB of Flash. There was also a 125 BGA for the EFR32MG12P433F1024IL125.
Spansion/Cypress
Cypress released 23 new products in the PSoC4 family. The 24/48MHz, Cortex-M0+ PSoC 4100S (19 new parts) family combines a capacitive touch-sensing system (CapSense), 1.71 to 5.5V operation and LCD support.
ST Microelectronics
STM32 had 7 new parts, mostly tape & reel extensions and a few 125C parts while The STM8 got one new part, the STM8L050J3M3.
Texas Instruments
There were a few new parts in the MSP430FR24/25/60 lines.
Pearls of MCU
We are checking this month on the last pearls of MCU and must apologize to Nuvoton. The winner last month was actually Cypress as you all have see per the screenshot below.
Nuvoton spooky parts
Last time we checked (1/30) the ghost part is still there.
We are checking with ST on their -80C part and we will update you when we have answers.
ST cool parts
Newsletter |

Happy new year 2018!

26

Dec

2017

There were a few adds at NXP with Flashless parts in the LPC540xx family and a host of minor changes. To end the year on a lighter note, we are introducing a new feature to our newsletter – Pearls of MCU – where we show screenshots of funny or spooky MCU pages, yes, these exists! Enjoy the rest of the week and happy new year!


Atmel/Microchip
There were 72 new SAMD20 products, actually silicon revision B of existing products: D20E14/5/6 but not 17/8, D20G14/5/6 but not 17/18, same for the D20J. This is similar to last month’s changes in the SAM4E/S/DS and likely the result of a Q4 tape out. Only a few ATTiny1 came out.
Dialog
No change.
Infineon
No change.
Microchip
78 dSPIC33 left this earth together with 2 dSPIC30 and 63 PIC24. New products came in for the PIC16(L)F191xx (28) parts and 62 others for the PIC18(L)F27K42/47K42/57K42. The PIC18(L)F57 is a new addition, and sports a 64MHz/16MIPS core with 128 kB Flash and 8 kB of RAM, DMA, UART/USART 2 I2C, one SPI, a 12-bit ADC and a 5-bit DAC. There were also 5 new PIC32MM0064 parts in this existing family with a new UQFN package (-I/M6 suffix).
Nordic
No change.
Nuvoton
Novonton launched 2 series under the MINI brand, the MINI55 and the MINI57. THey are 48MHz Cortex-M0 controllers with respectively:

  • 17.5kB Flash, 2k SRAM, one ADC, 2 comparators
  • 29.5kB Flash, 4kB SRAM, plus 1.5KB Secure Protection ROM (SPROM), Programmable Gain Amplifier (PGA)
NXP
Only a few parts were added this month at NXP in the LPC54 family. These are flashless parts running a Cortex-M4 core at 180MHz. 3 parts were removed in the LPC11U24 and LPC17 series.
Renesas
Renesas had no significant changes this month.
SiliconLabs
SiLabs added the EFM8UB30/31 to the Universal Bee line (8051 core).
16 new products appeared in the wireless portfolio with the introduction of new QFN32 and QFN48 packages for the EFR32MG, EFR32BG1 and EFR32FG1.
Spansion/Cypress
No significant change.
ST Microelectronics
The STM8 got 4 new parts in the STM8AF62 families. ST introduced an SO-8 package for the STM8L with the STM8L001J. It runs at 16MHz with 8kB of Flash and a temperature range of -40 to 125C.
The STM32 saw 35 additions, mostly due to new combinations of packing or temperature options for existing parts. A few interesting series came up, notably the STM32F778, a 779 without crypto functions or the STM32L4R5 with an LCD interface but no crypto either (vs. the STM32L4S5).
Texas Instruments
There were a few new parts in the MSP430FR2110 line.
Pearls of MCU
We are starting this new feature with 2 pearls coming from ST and Nuvoton (as of 2017-12-25).
In the last revision of the Nuvoton web site, we saw some phantom (empty) parts appearing on the site. Halloween has passed but this is still spooky…
Nuvoton spooky parts
ST also ‘has’ an interesting set of parts with operating temperatures going as down as -80C. Maybe new rad-hard applications for these cool parts?
ST cool parts
Enjoy the holidays folks and happy new year.
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