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daleste
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Interesting family
daleste   10/9/2013 8:28:57 PM
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Another nice development system.  This looks like a well thought out low power family of microcontrollers.  It should do well in the market.  Will industrial and automotive versions be available?

goafrit
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goafrit   10/9/2013 10:37:30 PM
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I am yet to see why ARM has not reached $3B in revenue and still languishing below $1B. Everyone is congregating with them and they seem to have a great product. But not making things and living on the paltry commission/royalty means they may never be big. The risk is low for them, but they are losing out.

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Re: Interesting family
Max The Magnificent   10/10/2013 10:08:00 AM
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@daleste: Another nice development system.  This looks like a well thought out low power family of microcontrollers.  It should do well in the market.  Will industrial and automotive versions be available?

The Energy Micro stuff is really very tasty -- and, as you say, it's very well thought out. For example, if you have two identical packages from different families, they are pin-compatible -- you woudl think thsi would be obvious, but I lot of manufacturers don;t do it.

I didn't even touch on their software environment, which boasts sophisticated power-consumption analysis capabilities. For example, you can run code in a simulator and see the estimated power that will be consumed -- if you see a power spike in the waveform you can click on it to be taken to the corresponding area in the code.

Re your question about industrial and automotive versions -- I'll ask the folks from Silicon Labs to comment here.

Aeroengineer
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Re: Interesting family
Aeroengineer   10/10/2013 11:42:19 AM
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I would love to see SI Labs combine their Energy Micro M4F chips with their SI47xx/48xx RF IC's.  I have a project that would benifit from that.  A single chip with these components in a QFN32/48 package, that would be nice indeed

Daniel Cooley
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Re: Interesting family
Daniel Cooley   10/18/2013 9:22:43 AM
Thanks for your questions! Re industrial/automotive versions, we are routinely discussing projects like this with our customers but have not finalized plans. Stay tuned for more information...

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