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Now available, the ADSP-BF533 delivers 600-MHz, 1.2 GMACS (Giga Multiply ACcumulate operations per Second) at only 280mW; the ADSP-BF531, also available now, sets new price performance level with 300MHz, 600 MMACS for $4.95 (10kU).
All new members of the Blackfin processor family are pin-for-pin and code compatible and offer new levels of peripheral integration, including glue-less connection to an array of ITU-R 656 video encoders and decoders, as well as high-speed analog-to-digital (ADC) and digital-to-analog converters at up to 65 MSPS (mega samples per second). The dedicated video port on all members of the family is supported by an innovative 2-dimensional DMA structure that significantly reduces software overhead and system power consumption for real-time video applications. Two dedicated serial ports support up to eight channels of IIS (I2S) audio.
Samples of all new members of the Blackfin processor family are available now in BGA packages. All Blackfin processors integrate on-chip memory, a dedicated video port and extensive I/O. Data sheets are available at http://www.analog.com/blackfin with complete product specifications.
ARM announced the availability of the
AMBA™ 2 Transfer-Layer
SystemC interface specification. The specification is
the culmination of a collaboration involving ARM, Synopsys, Inc., Cadence Design
Systems, and CoWare Inc., to deliver a standard for connecting system-level
design IP. The new methodology will enable designers of complex systems to use
IP built according to the interface specification for the exploration of AMBA
methodology-based SoC architectures. By using this methodology along with
matching RTL IP for AMBA components and a System-to-RTL verification
methodology, customers can reduce time-to-market for AMBA technology-based
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization composed of a broad range of companies, universities and individuals dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC as an open source industry standard for system-level design. The SystemC platform, that includes the SystemC specification source code and reference manual, can be downloaded at http://www.systemc.org/.
High-end emulation support for the Dallas DS80C400 Ethernet Microcontroller (see our Nov 2002 story) has now been released by Metalink. The MetaICE-XF is one of the smallest full-featured emulators on the market, measuring just 3.3" (8,4 cm) by 3.0" (7,6 cm). The DS400 MetaICE-XF emulator includes the following standard features:
Metalink emulators are available at: The MicroController & Embedded Systems Shop
Fujitsu announced the release of four new products in its MB90330 Series of 16-bit microcontrollers, which include a 12Mbit USB interface, integrating simple host features. The simple host feature enables direct USB communication without a host PC between audio-visual equipment (e.g. digital camera) and other peripherals (e.g. printer). All new family members operate from 3.0V to 3.6V, -45C to 80C and have a min instruction cycle time of only 41.6ns at 6MHz clock, thanks to an integrated PLL. Other features include a 16 channel 8/10-bit A/D, UART, I2C, Serial I/O (SPI), a range of timers, DMAC and external bus support.
The MB90F334 features 24kBytes of RAM and 384 kBytes of FLASH; the MB90F337 has 4kBytes of RAM and 64kBytes of FLASH, while the MB90333 has 16kBytes of RAM and 256kBytes of ROM and the MB90337 comes with 4kBytes of RAM and 64kBytes of ROM.
has released a new extension to its 16LX CAN microcontroller family. The MB90340
series features single and dual CAN devices with LIN interfaces and extensive
enhanced features. The standard operating temperature range is - 40 to +105°C,
Flash memory is speced at 10,000 write/erase cycles, and a security element
prevents unauthorized reading of the flash memory contents.
announced seven new low power devices for its PICmicro PIC16F Flash
microcontroller family. The PIC16F627A, PIC16F628A, PIC16F648A, PIC16F818,
PIC16F819, PIC16F87 and PIC16F88 microcontrollers feature a clock system with up
to three enhanced "software controlled" power-managed modes. This enables users
to control the speed of code execution. New low current modules include a
watch-dog timer, brown-out reset and timer.
Microchip announced it is accepting registration for its seventh annual MASTERs conference at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, July 16-19.
Attendees can select from 63 technical courses, including “Low-Power Features of the nanoWatt Family Devices,” “The New Digitally Controlled Amplifier” and “Introduction to PowerSmart® Battery Management Hardware and Development Tools.” Other activities include networking sessions between consultants and attendees to discuss relevant design topics, meeting with third-party development tool experts, a wafer fab plant tour and a robot-building competition.
Entry to the MASTERs conference courses, CD-ROM with all class materials, three-night accommodations including meals and evening entertainment is offered for $895.00 USD. Attendees can take advantage of an early registration discount if registration is completed by April 1 ($795.00 USD). All potential attendees must register by June 18. More information regarding the MASTERs Conference can be found at the company’s Web site http://www.microchip.com/1010.
The new MC9S12T64 microcontroller unit (MCU) includes a 16-bit central processing unit (HCS12 CPU), 64K bytes of Flash EEPROM, 2K bytes of RAM, 2K bytes of CALRAM (Calibration RAM), two asynchronous serial communications interfaces (SCI), one serial peripheral interface (SPI), an 8 channel IC/OC enhanced capture timer, an 8-channel 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), an 8-channel pulse-width modulator (PWM), 25 discrete digital I/O channels (Port A, Port B, Port E and Port K). System resource mapping, clock generation, interrupt control and bus interfacing are managed by the System Integration Module (SIM). The MC9S12T64 has full 16-bit data paths throughout. However, the external bus can operate in an 8-bit narrow mode so single 8-bit wide memory can be interfaced for lower cost systems. The inclusion of a PLL circuit allows power consumption and performance to be adjusted to suit operational requirements.
The device comes in a 80 lead LQFP (12mmx12mm 0.5mm pitch) package and costs US$7.00 in 10kU quantities. Production start in Q3/2002.
Motorola has expanded its line of integrated CAN microcontrollers that feature on-chip flash memory. The new additions to the popular 8-bit HC08 family, the 68HC908GZ8 and 68HC908GZ16, provide customers with an attractive solution for space-limited applications.
feature CAN modules with 8K and 16K bytes of flash memory, respectively. The
68HC908GZ16 has two16-bit timers, enhanced serial communications interface (SCI)
suitable for local interconnect networks (LIN), serial peripheral interface (SPI)
and features 3.3-volt or 5-volt operation. These chips also offer system
protection features including, computer operating properly (COP) and low voltage
detection to prevent the flash memory from being over written or corrupted.
The 68HC908GZ8 and 68HC908GZ16 are available immediately. Suggested list price in 10,000-piece quantities for the 68HC908GZ8 32-lead low quad flat package (LQFP) starts at $3.40 (USD). In the 48-lead LQFP, suggested list pricing starts at $3.60 (USD). The 68HC908GZ16 starts at suggested list prices of $4.00 (USD) for the 32 LQFP and $4.20 (USD) for the 48 LQFP
Deadline for design entries is June 30th 2003. One lucky Grand Prize winner will take home a 60" plasma screen HDTV or $10,000 in cash. All of the contest prizes combined are valued at a total of more than $30,000. For rules and regulations and to sign up go to: http://www.circuitcellar.com/fi2003/index.htm
Designers of low-power, high performance, cost-sensitive embedded applications can get their feet wet with Texas Instruments' MSP430 ultra-low-power Flash MCU at "4 -30 Day," a free two-hour "lunch and learn" session to be held on April 30 at more than 70 locations worldwide. TI will showcase how designers can boost product value by taking advantage of the MSP430's ultra -low-power architecture; integrated high -performance analog and digital peripherals; and modern, 16 -bit reduced instruction set computer (RISC) CPU. Presenters will also highlight MSP430 development tools and other resources to help customers get a jumpstart on their designs. In addition, attendees will receive a free ultra -low-power demo board and have the opportunity for discounts on selected MSP430 Flash emulation tools. The event will take place at Arrow Electronics Inc. distributorships in the Americas and Europe; LSD MCU Technology Co., Ltd., Eupuls and Morrihan distributorships in Asia.
See www.ti.com/sc03060 for cities and times.
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