Conferences are in full swing and announcements are pouring out into the market. At Embedded World this week, for example, FTDI rolled not one but two MCUs. The company broke in the 32-bit MCU market with its FT900. The solution delivers several connectivity options such as 480Mbit/s USB 2.0, and a VGA video camera interface. Data streaming capabilities eliminate the need for direct memory access interfacing.
The MCU can be used alone or with the FT800 embedded video engine. In the industrial space, given its 100Mhz strength, it can be used in such applications as surveillance, industrial inspection, and door entry intercom systems.
At the center of the NCU is FTDI’s proprietary 32-bit RISC core, the FT32. The MCU also features 10/100 Ethernet support with built-in physical layer, CAN bus support, I2C slave and master, I2S for external audio, SPI slave and master, SD card interface, and PWMs. The Ethernet and CAN bus interfaces are also important for automotive, commercial, and residential projects.
The company also introduced the FT51 application-oriented controller device. The 8-bit MCU features a high performance 8051 compatible processor core, hardwired USB hub function for cascading of subsystems or as an expansion port, US 2.0 full-speed peripheral, I2C slave and master, and SPI slave and master interfaces.
The MCU integrates four 8-bit single channel DACs and ADCs to facilitate efficient interaction with analog ecosystems through inputs from sensors or actuator outputs. A built-in FT120 USB peripheral function helps transmit/receive data as well as maximize throughput.
The features enable the MCU to be used in multi-sensor environments for system connectivity, data transfer, and HID interaction. HID and communication device class support makes this a good choice for industrial control applications such as USB instrumentation and smart metering systems.
More on both of the FTDI MCUs can be found on their site. Click here.