The 68HC908LJ12 microcontroller features a liquid crystal display (LCD) driver that connects directly to LCD panels. The chip facilitates the integration of LCDs into lower-cost devices. Its features include a real-time clock module; a UART serial communications system; a serial peripheral interface; a 10-bit, six-channel analog-to-digital converter; a 32MHz phase-locked loop; and 12KB of on-chip flash memory. The 68HC908LJ12 is available now for $4 apiece.
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.