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Start with the news release Low-power MCU used in Aquiba smart water meter from Energy Micro, which we summarised at the time by saying "Aquiba has selected Energy Micro's energy-friendly EFM32 Gecko microcontroller (MCU) for use in its A200 smart water meter.". Several months prior to that, we featured the news release Evaluation and prototyping kit for Kinetis MCUs from IAR Systems: "IAR Systems has released an IAR Kickstart kit for Freescale Semiconductor's ARM Cortex-M4-based Kinetis microcontrollers (MCUs) that are compatible with the Freescale Tower System development system.".

In February 2011, we covered the news from Summit Microelectronics - take a look at DC-DC powers advanced multi-rail digital chipsets which says: "Summit's SMB109 programmable DC-DC is ideal for powering advanced multi-rail digital chipsets in a range of communications, computing and consumer applications.".

Take a look also at the news release from Microchip Technology, Microcontrollers enable communications systems, as well as IR and ambient light sensors for HI applications from Silicon Laboratories, and CAN Physical Layer transceiver for home automation from NXP Semiconductors.

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Resources simplify design of Linux-based systems (January 2011)

Toshiba Electronics and Kernel Concepts have announced a range of free resources that will simplify the design of Linux-based embedded systems built around ARM9 microcontrollers.

Load board that assesses cooling systems (December 2010)

Elma UK, a manufacturer of high-performance backplanes, has announced a new 6U VPX Load Board in a conduction-cooled format, to help test a system's cooling capabilities and to locate its hotspots.

Saelig USB isolator for PC-connected devices (December 2010)

Saelig has introduced a USB1.1 isolator designed for removing ground loops and preventing damage to USB-connected devices.

Bridge chip range for USB/(HID)-USB connectivity (December 2010)

Silicon Laboratories' latest-generation bridge chip range provides a small-footprint solution for USB and human interface device (HID)-USB connectivity.

Ambient-light sensor suited for tablet PCs (December 2010)

The MAX9635 is ideally suited for tablet and notebook PCs, smartphones, TVs, digital lighting-management systems and light-intensity-monitoring applications.

Wi-Fi capability for consumer electronics and more (December 2010)

Asix Electronics is now delivering the AX220xx, a single-chip microcontroller with TCP/IP and 802.11 WLAN MAC/baseband, designed to leverage Wi-Fi infrastructure in home and office environments.

DC/DC converter runs from TEGs and thermopiles (November 2010)

The LTC3109 is a step-up DC/DC converter and power-management IC that is designed to start up and run from millivolt input voltage sources such as thermoelectric generators (TEGs) and thermopiles.

Linear launches high-voltage battery charger (November 2010)

Linear Technology has introduced the LT3652HV, a higher-voltage version of the LT3652 monolithic buck battery charger for applications including solar-powered systems and automotive equipment.

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Further reading
  • Microcontrollers enable communications systems

    Microchip Technology is offering the 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontrollers for applications in the communications, industrial/medical, consumer/appliance and automotive sectors.
  • Microcontrollers designed for multi-applications

    NXP Semiconductors has launched the SmartMX2, a range of secure microcontrollers designed for applications such as e-government, banking, pay TV, mobile transactions and public transport.
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