Microchip Technology has expanded their Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem. This includes the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, which is a new Raspberry Pi tool that it co-developed with element14. The chipKIT Pi’s advanced features simplify Arduino based application development for the Raspberry Pi.The new expansion board also adds large memory space, fast performance and integrated peripherals for human-interface, audio-processing and advanced-control applications. The chipKIT Pi Expansion Board is priced at $28. Boards are expected to become available in the final week of September.
Analog Devices announced their ADuCM360 system-on-a-chip. The IC is a fully integrated, 4 kSPS, 24-bit data acquisition system. The ADuCM360 features dual, high-performance, multi-channel sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), a 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 MCU, and Flash/EE memory. The ADI ADuCM360 is available now for $7.26 each in 1000-unit quantity. The chip is designed for direct interfacing to external precision sensors in both wired and battery powered applications.
Texas Instruments introduced their DK-LM3S-DRV8312 motor control kit. It is designed for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 microcontroller (MCU). The DK-LM3S-DRV8312 development kit is available now. It is an ideal solution for high-volume motor control applications, including low-voltage fans, blowers, pumps, tools and compressors.
Microchip Technology introduced their mTouch AR1100 Analog Resistive USB Touch-Screen Controller. The Microchip AR1100 controller is a high-performance, USB plug-and-play device that offers advanced calibration capabilities as a USB mouse or single-input digitizer. It chip is available now in 20-pin SOIC, SSOP and QFN packages for $.95 each (10,000-unit quantities). The AR1100 is also available as a board product for $12 each in production quantities. The controller is ideal for medical devices, industrial controls, handwriting or signature capture applications.
Microchip Technology recently introduced the Audio Development Board for the creation of high-quality, 24-bit audio applications. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) features an 80 MIPS PIC32 MCU, a 24-bit Wolfson audio codec, a two-inch color LCD Display, a USB interface, and an onboard microphone. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 MCUs (part # DM320011) is available now for $149.99. The Digital Audio Development Kit for PIC32 MCUs (part # DM320411) is also available. This kit features the accessory development platform for iPod and iPhone. It will be available by September to Apple Made For iPod (MFi) licensees via Apple’s authorized distributor.
Microchip Technology and Stratford Digital introduced a turnkey, 16-bit microcontroller development platform for educators. The platform consists of the MX PIC24 Module, MX Educational Target Board, and an Educator’s Lab Manual. The downloadable lab manual includes topics like microcontrollers, timers, pulse-width modulation, analog-to-digital converters, and power management. The MX PIC24 Module ($80) and MX Educational Target Board ($85) is available now from Microchip.
SRS Labs and XMOS introduced the SRS WOW HD for XMOS’ iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker dock reference design. The reference design enables features like immunity to noise and interference, Apple authentication interface, USB 2.0 host connection to iPod, S/PDIF digital input or output, Class D amplifier and SRS WOW HD audio enhancement processing. The XMOS digital dock reference design using the XMOS XS1-L1 microcontroller is available now.
AVIX-RT, the company that brings you the AVIX RTOS, announced AVIX support for Energy Micro’s Cortex[TM]-M3-based EFM®32 microcontroller (MCU) family. The Ultra-fast AVIX RTOS with embedded power management is a perfect match for the EFM32 Gecko, which targets low power consumption applications.
“Many RTOS vendors have been bringing out Cortex-M3 ports, without fully utilizing the power saving facilities offered by modern, low energy architectures such as the Energy Micro EFM32 devices. We see increasing customer demand for feature rich RTOS support, which don’t compromise on energy efficiency. EFM32′s low energy mode features complement the AVIX RTOS very well, and provide a great solution for tackling energy sensitive applications”, says Stig A. Olsen, Software Manager, Energy Micro.
IAR Systems® announced that Renesas Electronics’ RX microcontroller architecture is the next target architecture to benefit from the innovative power debugging technology included in IAR Embedded Workbench®. Using power debugging, embedded software can be developed and tuned to save power by exercising stricter control of how and when the hardware consumes power. Keeping the power consumption down extends battery lifetime in mobile applications and reduces heat dissipation.
EnSilica, a leading independent provider of front-end IC design services, has announced a special licensing deal to encourage existing 8051 licensees to switch their next ASIC design start to an eSi-1600 16-bit soft processor core. For all enquiries received before January 31, 2011 and subject to Terms and Conditions, EnSilica is offering to match their 8051 license fee.