Activity at Embedded World and elsewhere this week has resulted in the arrival of many new options for MCU developers. Here's a quick rundown of the ones that popped up on my radar screen:
Atmel issued a dual-topic press release covering both tools and MCUs. The company has introduced its Studio 6 IDE, which now supports both the company’s ARM Cortex-M series and 8/32-bit AVR series products. This new tool will give developers all the tools they need for either product family in one place. In addition to the tool, the company announced an expansion of its SAM3 ARM COretex-M3 processor family. There are now 40 new members, providing more options for package size, peripheral mix, and memory resources.
NXP released not a new MCU, but a new development kit developed in conjunction with partner Embedded Artists. The Android Open Accessory Application development kit provides developers with a bridge to Android-based mobile devices. The kit helps simplify development of applications for interface to or control of embedded systems using an Android platform. So, you can not only create "an app for that," you can create the accessory that the app is to control. The kit also supports use of the CAN bus, Ethernet, and 802.15.4 interfaces. It even has a nifty break-away section on the kit's PCB for creating a remote CAN peripheral.
Renesas Electronics announced its new RH850 family of 32-bit MCUs for automotive applications. The new family will include features for functional safety supporting all ASIL levels. Samples won't be available until Q3 of 2012, though.
Silicon Labs has introduced a new 32-bit family, the Precision32 MCUs, designed to be developer friendly. I talk about it in my blog, MCU Strives to Simplify Design.
STMicroelectronics released a new product family targeting lower-cost applications, the STM32 F0 devices that I discuss in my blog, MCU Targets Dual Application Space.
Texas Instruments has announced its
"Wolverine" platform, which it claims uses half the power of any other MCU in the industry. Based on FRAM, the devices boast a standby current of only 360 nA. TI expects to have devices sampling in June, 2012.
I thought you would like to know about these. Any comments?