It's time once again for the monthly summary of MCU news that has crossed the editor's desk. There was a flurry of activity right at the end of the month, so the list is a bit longer than usual. Here's what new MCU products made their debut in March:
Connect One Releases Industrial-Grade WiFi Module -- If your system can use a WiFi connection but you don't want to design one, this industrial-rated plug-in module may be the ticket. Measuring less than an inch by an inch and a half, the module serves as an independent WiFi access point and is easily controlled by a simple MCU via a serial interface.
Freescale MCUs Target Auto Body Apps -- Freescale is expanding its Qorivva and S12 MagniV vehicle body network microcontroller portfolios to address auto body challenges such as reducing the 150 pounds of wiring in modern automotive designs. The devices provide centralized network security and can connect directly to higher-voltage systems.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.