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SiLabs new Geckos and Renesas groups rock it!

04

May

2020

SiliconLabs unveiled more Gecko Series 2 and they did not disappoint with sometimes 50% lower power consumption than Series 1 for BLE. The parts come with direction finding functionality too. Renesas was on a roll too with 3 new groups from motor control to high end 4MB of Flash parts.
Hope you are coping with the confinement.


Dialog, Infineon, Nordic, Nuvoton
No change.
Microchip
Microchip had another salvo of VAO (automotive grade) parts across the portfolio, from ATSAM to DSPIC33 and PIC12.
NXP
NXP added the LPC5516JEV98, following the launch last month of the LPC551x to complement the existing general purpose Cortex-M33-based 40nm LPC552x.The 150MHz LPC551x/S1x MCU family offers from 256/96 to 64/48 kB of Flash/RAM with multiple connectivity options including CAN FD, highspeed USB with on-chip PHY, high-speed SPI, SDIO and FlexComm interfaces (configurable as either SPI/I2C/I2S,UART).
Renesas
There were a number of new groups this month at Renesas, in particular in the RX family.
The RX13T Group embeds a 32 MHz RXv1 core with FPU and a few peripherals focused on inverter control of brushless DC motors. 8 parts were unveiled. Operating temperature range is -40°C to 105°C with 128kB Flash, 12KB SRAM and 4KB data flash.
The high end RX72 got a new group, the RX72N, running a 240MHz RXv3 with up to 4MB/1MB flash/SRAM and 182 general-purpose I/O ports with HMI functionality, security capability, 2-channel Ethernet, SD Host interface, USB 2.0 Full Speed, 3-channel CAN, QSPI, TFT LCD controller, 2D drawing engine, serial sound interface, CMOS camera interface, Encryption engines (AES, 3DES, RSA, ECC, SHA, TRNG), 2.7V to 3.6V and -40 to 85°C or 105°C parts. In total 36 parts are now available.
The RX66 got a similar RX66N group, using the same core but half the frequency (120MHz). It looks like a lower end RX72N with a similar peripheral set.
SiliconLabs
SiLabs has launched the BG22, a BLE wireless SoC solution, part of the Wireless Gecko Series 2 platform. The BG22 family provides best in class power consumption, in cases, 50% below the first generation. It uses a Cortex-M33 core at 76.8 MHz and targets Bluetooth mesh low-power nodes, smart door locks, personal healthcare and fitness devices. Asset tracking tags, beacons and indoor navigation also benefit from the SoCs’ Bluetooth Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) capabilities and sub-one-meter location accuracy. Sister families include the MG22 (for Zigbee) and the FG22 for proprietary protocols in the 2.4 GHz band.

Spansion/Cypress soon Infineon
Cypress added about 20 variant to the existing PSoC62, a dual core Cortex-M0+ (system)/ Cortex-M4 (application).
ST Microelectronics
ST unveiled 32 new products, mostly new pin/package and flash size combinations.
Texas Instruments
TI had 60 new parts. The MSP430F149 complements on the higher end (60kB Flash vs 32 or 48) the existing MSP430F14x. At the opposite, the MSP430F5304 only embeds 8 kB of Flash vs. 16/24/32 for the existing siblings.
Finally, TI launched the MSP430FR600x series for water meters, compliant with ISO4064, OIML R49 and EN4134. These interface directly with ultrasonic sensors.
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I3C anybody?

19

Apr

2020

Beyond the Covid-19 storm who turned the world upside-down, this was a rather dull month for the MCU community with mostly new variants of existing products.
NXP made our day (month) by releasing an application specific MCU based on the Cortex-M33 that includes the first instance of an I3C bus interface we’ve seen to date. It is a MIPI-designed specification bound to slowly replace the I2C.


Dialog
No change.
Infineon
No significant changes.
Microchip
Microchip released the AVR128 family, based on a 24 MHz AVR® CPU – 1.8V to 5.5V. The family includes 32 KB, 64 KB and 128 KB Flash variants in 28- to 64-pin package options. The AVR-DA family brings capacitive touch sensing and real-time control functions to applications including industrial control, home appliance products, automotive and Internet of Things (IoT). Some of the family members like the AVR128DA64 are recommended for safety critical applications targeting both industrial and automotive products (IEC 61508 and ISO 26262).
There were also a number of the famous VAO variants (automotive grade).
Nordic
Nordic released the nRF52820, a Bluetooth 5.2 SoC with FS USB for HID, smart home, commercial, and industrial applications. Powered by a Cortex-M4 processor running at 64 MHz, it embeds 256 kB / 32 kB of Flash/RAM, and range of analog and digital interfaces such as an analog comparator, UART, SPI, TWI, QDEC.
Supply voltage ranges from 1.7 to 5.5 V. Radio ouput power is up to +8 dBm.

The nRF52820 supports all BLE features, including Direction Finding, high-throughput 2 Mbps, Long Range, and all Bluetooth 5.2 features. It also supports Bluetooth mesh, Thread and Zigbee mesh protocols.
Nuvoton
Nuvoton introduced the new M032 series, based on a 48/72MHz Cortex®-M0 with 32-bit hardware multiplier/divider, with a supply voltage range of 1.8V ~ 3.6V and 5V I/O tolerant. Features include Crystal-less USB, 2 MSPS conversion rate 12-bit ADC , comparators and up-to 24-ch 96/144 MHz PWM control. Additionally, M032 series also provides flexible peripherals with the Universal Serial Control Interface ( USCI ) that can be set as UART / SPI / I²C flexibly, up to 10 sets of UART , 4 sets of SPI , 4 set I²C , 1-wire UART interface for data communication between master and slave devices.

Flash sizes range from 32 KB to 512 KB , SRAM size from 4 KB to 96 KB and packages include TSSOP20, TSSOP28, QFN33, LQFP48 to LQFP 64 and LQFP128.
NXP
NXP introduced the LPC551x to complement the existing general puprpose Cortex-M33-based 40nm LPC552x.The 150MHz LPC551x/S1x MCU family offers from 256/96 to 64/48 kB of Flash/RAM with multiple connectivity options including CAN FD, highspeed USB with on-chip PHY, high-speed SPI, SDIO and FlexComm interfaces (configurable as either SPI/I2C/I2S,UART). The LPC55S1x adds security capabilities including Arm TrustZone®, SRAM PUF for root-of-trust and
provisioning, a hardware symmetric encryption/decryption engine, secure debug and the PRINCE engine for real-time execution from encrypted images.
NXP released the DS-RT600, an application-specific MCU based on the Cortex-M33. It embeds the Cadence Xtensa HiFi 4 audio DSP as well as 4.5MB of RAM. We found the first instance of an I3C bus interface, bound to replace the solid I2C.
Renesas
No significant changes.

SiliconLabs
No change.

Spansion/Cypress soon Infineon
Cypress added about 20 variant to the existing PSoC61, a dual core Cortex-M0+ (system)/ Cortex-M4 (application).
ST Microelectronics
ST extended the STM32L4+ series to the lower end with the 120 MHz Cortex-M4 STM32L4P5/Q5. The STM32L4P5 portfolio offers 512 Kbytes to 1 Mbytes of Flash memory and from 48 to 169-pin packages while the STM32L4Q5 features 1 MB Flash and an encryption acceleration engine (AES, HASH and PKA).
Texas Instruments
TI added a few variant to existing products.
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