Fujitsu Semiconductor has fortified its FM3 family of 32-bit microcontrollers with 38 new products, including components for high-capacity memory, low-pin-count packaging, and low power that are optimized for controlling systems for household appliances, as well as office automation and industrial equipment, the company said.
Fujitsu launched the FM3 family--which are RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortext-M3 processor core--in 2010. The line now has a total of 570 offerings, with the new products to begin shipping this month.
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.