Freescale Unveils Kinetis KL02, an Ultra Small (1.9×2.0mm) ARM Cortex M0+ Microcontroller

Freescale Semiconductor introduced the Kinetis KL02, the world’s smallest ARM MCU, at Embedded World 2013. KL02 is an ARM Cortex M0+ micro-controller designed to address the miniaturization needs of the Internet of things, and its size (1.9×2.0mm) makes it suitable for applications such as ingestible healthcare sensing, portable consumer devices, remote sensing nodes, and wearable devices. Kinetis KL02 MCU features …

For Electronics, There’s No Trade Show Quite Like Electronica

Every two years in Munich in November, Messe München puts on a trade show for the global electronics industry with no equal-Electronica. I expect to see all the major electronics companies at this show, from chip makers to test equipment vendors and everything in between. I’ll be flying out on a Saturday evening from New York and landing in Munich …

Thread synchronization techniques for better multicore system power/performance tradeoffs

It’s a common refrain heard among embedded software design teams everywhere, when the team manager declares, “We need better system power management from both the hardware and software, but we also need to optimize the design for increased functionality and performance.” So, how can a software designer hope to accomplish such a feat when in order to maximize one …

Multicore Comes to Automotive Powertrain

Multicore microcontrollers (MCUs), already popular in safety-related applications, may be about to move into a new realm. In that regard, Freescale Semiconductor announced that it is rolling out a 32-bit multicore product aimed at automotive powertrain applications, which have previously been dominated by single-core technology. Other MCU makers say they’re working hard on developing multicore products for next-generation vehicle powertrains, …

How Japanese Chipmaker Renesas Recovered From the Earthquake

22 August 2011-The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan’s east coast in March affected more than a dozen semiconductor suppliers and wafer makers and shook up the entire electronics supply chain. That’s not too surprising, considering that Japan boasts nearly a quarter of the world’s chipmaking capacity and that a number of large facilities were located close to the …