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Microcontrollers and Processors

New Low-Power PIC24 “GA7” Microcontroller Family Now Available

Microchip’s New Low-Power Family Enables Cost-Effective, Space-Constrained Designs

The new PIC24 “GA7” family of microcontrollers (MCU) is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. As the lowest-cost 256 KB Flash memory 16-bit MCUs available today, these PIC24 devices enable extremely cost-effective designs for Internet of Things (IoT) sensor nodes, portable medical devices and industrial control applications. For more information about Microchip’s PIC24 “GA7” family visit: http://www.microchip.com/pic24ga705

Cypress Enables Secure, High-Speed Networking for Automotive Body Electronics with New Traveo MCU Solutions

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced it is sampling new devices in its single-power-supply Traveo™ automotive microcontroller (MCU) family that provide secure, high-speed networking for body electronics applications. The new S6J342xxx series supports the Controller Area Network Flexible Data-rate (CAN FD) standard for high-speed, in-vehicle networking, enabling large amounts of data to be exchanged between each CAN node. The MCUs address the critical need to secure data on in-vehicle networks with enhanced Secure Hardware Extension (eSHE) support, preventing unauthorized connections to electronic control units (ECUs). The new Traveo series continues Cypress’s expansion of its broad automotive portfolio that includes MCUs, wireless radios, memories, capacitive-touch solutions and Power Management ICs (PMICs).

Intel Atom Processor E3900 Series: Enabling Next Generator of Smart and Connectied IoT Devices stars

New Processor Series Moves Computing Power Nearer to Sensor, Alleviating Need to Push All Processing to Data Center

The Internet of Things (IoT) is linking billions of smart and connected devices to each other, creating a wave of change in how we live and work. The number of connected machines is expected to dramatically increase – by 2020, 50 billion devices (Cisco IBSG) will create 44 zettabytes (of 44 trillion gigabytes) of data annually, and will require much more processing power at the edge, and in the fog to network in order to maintain viability.

To support these experiences, today at IoT Solutions World Congress, Intel is announcing the latest generation of the Intel® Atom™ processors for IoT applications. The new Intel Atom processor E3900 series is designed from the ground up to support the rapid development and the growing complexity of IoT businesses. The result is a processor exceptionally capable of delivering on performance, processing and scalability.

Renesas Electronics Introduces Low-Power RL78/G11 Microcontrollers to Accelerate Prototyping and Development for Compact Sensor Hub Applications in Industrial, Healthcare and Agricultural Industries

General-Purpose Microcontrollers Equipped in 24-Pin Compact Package Support Up to 13 Sensors

Renesas Electronics America Inc., a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the RL78/G11 Group of microcontrollers (MCUs), a group of small-package, low-power MCUs that will enable users to easily and more quickly prototype and develop systems that support low-power sensor hubs and sensor application systems. Designed to connect to multiple sensors and convert the sensor output signals to digital data, these compact sensor hubs are used in a wide range of applications, such as computer operating environment monitoring for data center thermocouples in the industrial area, wearable health management devices in the healthcare field, and environmental sensing in greenhouses and factory farms in the agricultural industry.

Next Generation Dual-Mode Bluetooth® Audio Products from Microchip

The IS206X Family of SoC Devices Delivers Superior Sound Quality in High-End Headsets, Speakers, and Sound Bars

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announces the next generation of dual-mode Bluetooth® audio products.  The IS206X family builds on Microchip’s successful IS202X portfolio of highly integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices and modules by introducing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capability.  Uniquely engineered for speakers, headsets and gaming headphones, this Flash-based platform offers ample flexibility and powerful design features, allowing audio manufacturers to easily incorporate wireless connectivity in streaming music and voice command applications.

Xilinx Broadens the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Family with Streamlined Dual-Core Devices

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced it has added streamlined dual-core members to the Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC family of devices. The new dual-core "CG" family members expand the Zynq MPSoC portfolio scalability, to include dual application and real-time processor combinations. These dual-core devices add processing scalability at a lower cost entry point to the current Zynq UltraScale+ family, which offers quad ARM® Cortex®-A53s, dual Cortex-R5s, a graphics processing unit, and a video codec unit. Designers can choose from three device types within the scalable processing portfolio to address processing requirements across a breadth of markets, including motor control, sensor fusion, medical endoscopy, and handheld radios.

Merits of Hardware Cryptography over Software Cryptography stars

Cryptography is a method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it.  Cryptography uses ciphers to encrypt the information and later decrypt the same information to the intended receiver only.  Modern cryptography is heavily based on complex mathematical analysis and computer science.  The algorithm is designed to ensure computational hardness assumptions making it almost impossible for the unintended recipient to break it.

Microchip Introduces Hardware Cryptography-Enabled 32-bit Microcontroller for Internet of Things Applications

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced a new hardware crypto-enabled 32-bit microcontroller. The CEC1302’s hardware-based cryptography suite offers significant performance improvements over firmware-based solutions. The CEC1302 makes it easy to add security to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, offering easy-to-use encryption and authentication for programming flexibility and increased levels of security. 

Security threats are increasing exponentially in terms of frequency, targeted devices, malignancy and costs of attacks. The CEC1302 allows for pre-boot authentication of the system firmware in order to ensure that the firmware is untouched and uncorrupted, thereby preventing security attacks such as man-in-the-middle, denial-of-service and backdoor vulnerabilities. It can also be used to authenticate any firmware updates, protecting the system from malware or memory corruption.

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