Semiconductor Products Insight

Semiconductor Products Insight

Microchip beats it!




Microchip has been very active with 100s of new products including a 5V Cortex-M0+ family to beef up its existing porfolio of Cortex-M based MCUs. SiliconLabs was also the darling this month with new Cortex-M33 MCU-only parts based off of the Bluetooth EFR32xG23 platform and more 8051-based low cost options with the EFM8BB5 family.

Infineon had only minor changes to the site.
There was a large number of interesting new parts from Microchip: The ATSAMC and ATSAMD got new 64-Lead VQFN packages (-MM suffix). 171 new PIC24FxxKA with a 16 MIPS 16-bit core, 1.8 to 3.6V, from 14 to 28 pins and 4 to 16 kB of FLash. The PIC24FJ got some reinforcement with close to 250 new parts, again with a 16-bit core and 16 MIPS.
Last but not least, over 100 new Cortex-M parts were released to complement the existing PIC32CM2532 and PIC32CM5164 families. Of particular interest is the PIC32CM JH series, a 5V Cortex M0+ series designed for applications that operate in noisy environments such as Automotive and Industrial. These products feature hardware for Functional Safety which include ECC with Fault Injection and mBIST as well as functionality for Secure Boot and can be paired with a Security IC for Security Applications.

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There was a bit of cleanup in the RL78 portfolio with a lot of the #W0 and #U0 packaging options removed, over 400 total.
SiLabs launched the EFM8 BB5 product line, part of the wide supply 5 Volt Busy Bee family. It is a general-purpose line of 8-bit 8051-based MCUs. the EFM8BB5 offers an efficient 8051 core, 5 Volt-capable I/O, precision analog, accurate internal oscillators, and enhanced pulse-width modulation. 24 parts were released.
The company also released the EFM32PG23 Gecko family (12 parts) with a Cortex-M33 core running at 80 MHz and up to 512/64 kB of Flash/RAM. The EFM32PG23 family is a software compatible MCU-only version of the EFR32xG23 wireless SoC platform, namely FG23 and ZG23.
ST Microelectronics
ST had 14 new devices, but mostly temp/package variants of existing ones.
Texas Instruments
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