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MCUs for the Internet of Things: Small Size, Big Impact

MCUs in small packages provide the perfect element for controlling size-constrained IoT end-node applications.

Publish Date: 2015-01-21
Utilize Advanced Clock Control Capabilities for Increased Processing Efficiency in MCU Designs

Techniques that can be used to create more efficient designs including controlling clocks to peripherals and managing the clock rate of the CPU.

Publish Date: 2015-01-14
What Designers Need to Know about Smart Lighting Controllers and Development Platforms

Smart lighting combined with wireless networking is considered to be one of the biggest opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Publish Date: 2015-01-13
As the MCU Shrinks, IoT Applications Expand

The combination of WLCSP technology, a new generation of sensors, and DSP functionality will open areas of expansion for MCU applications in the IoT.

Publish Date: 2015-01-07
Understand Power and Performance Trade-offs for Efficient MCU Designs

Review of the common options for powering MCUs and discuss the resulting constraints on performance that may result.

Publish Date: 2014-12-17
Specialized ICs Squeeze Large Capabilities into Tiny Energy-Harvesting Solutions

For rapidly growing markets such as the Internet of Things (IoT), energy harvesting can significantly enhance battery life or even enable battery-free designs.

Publish Date: 2014-12-17
Protect Your MCU Design from Copying and Reverse Engineering

A review of component solutions from TI and Microchip will help protect your MCU design from being easily copied, reverse engineered, or tampered with.

Publish Date: 2014-12-10
Application-Specific MCUs Targeting Emerging Applications

A look at application specific microcontrollers from Zilog and Nuvoton Tech, which support integrated audio, motion detection, and low power applications.

Publish Date: 2014-12-10
8-bit MCUs Hone Competitive Edge with Evolving Architectures

Evolutionary changes in 8-bit MCU architectures are helping them stay at the head of the pack in terms of unit sales in the overall MCU market.

Publish Date: 2014-12-03
Selecting LCD Modules for Extreme Temperatures

Overview of LCD character and graphics displays made for extreme temperature environments such as industrial non-automotive transportation and military sectors.

Publish Date: 2014-12-02
The Growing Importance of Watchdog Functionality in MCU Applications

Watchdog parts for more advanced functionality along with the shortcomings that need to be addressed externally in hardware and internally in software.

Publish Date: 2014-11-26
Weaving Wearables into Everyday Life

Discover how small, low power microcontrollers from TI and Nordic are able to support Bluetooth LE and can be used in the designs of wearable technologies.

Publish Date: 2014-11-12
MCUs Play a Key Role in Biometrics for Wearable Computers

Examine technologies that can verify a user’s identity and protect sensitive data, information, and control with parts from STMicro and TI.

Publish Date: 2014-11-05
OLEDs Head Up Eyewear Potential

The development directions of LCD and OLED display approaches, both destined for wearable display applications, and the state of the art in OLED displays.

Publish Date: 2014-11-04
Partitioning and IoT Design Brings 8-bit MCUs into the Limelight

The dominance of uncomplicated circuits and thin clients in Internet of Things (IoT) applications is likely to keep the 8-bit MCU market growing.

Publish Date: 2014-10-29
Wireless Charging ICs Offer Standards-Based Solutions for Wearables

Designers implement wireless-inductive charging in low-power wearable designs using parts from manufacturers including Freescale, TDK, TI, and Toshiba.

Publish Date: 2014-10-29
Wireless Connectivity Lets Smart Watch Users Communicate and Monitor Themselves

The latest wrist-worn wearable computing devices based on the low-power Bluetooth wireless interface that can link to a smartphone or nearby base station.

Publish Date: 2014-10-23
Understanding How an MCU’s Internal Bus Structure Drives Application Efficiency

On-chip bus-matrix architectures, dedicated peripheral data-transfer functions, intelligent buffering, bus priority systems, and interrupt control discussed.

Publish Date: 2014-10-22
Sensor Technology for Wearable Designs

Examine sensors suitable for wearable applications and new design architectures aimed at reducing the system size and weight and extending the battery life.

Publish Date: 2014-10-16
ZigBees Smart Energy 20 Profile Brings New Capabilities and Design Challenges

Thanks to its ability to transport rate, demand, and load management messages to and from the Smart Grid, the soon-to-be finalized Smart Energy 2.0 (SEP2.0) Application Profile promises to be a key element of residential energy management systems.

Publish Date: 2014-10-15