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Semiconductor Products Insight

SiLabs new Geckos and Renesas groups rock it!




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.
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Dialog, Infineon, Nordic, Nuvoton
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Microchip had another salvo of VAO (automotive grade) parts across the portfolio, from ATSAM to DSPIC33 and PIC12.
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).
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.
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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