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6-pin MCUs fit space-constrained consumer apps

Posted: 21 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:6-pin MCU? microcontroller? consumer application?

Atmel Corp. has developed the picoPower AVR0 ATtiny10, with 1Kbyte of programmable flash memory and 32byte internal SRAM. With up to 12 MIPS of processing throughput, 8bit ADC, analog comparator, and a 16bit timer with PWM, this 6-pin device is a perfect single-chip solution for size and cost constrained high volume consumer applications.

Using the AVR CPU the ATtiny10 provides 6x the performance of any other similar sized microcontroller in the market. The processing efficiency significantly reduces the time in active mode and increases the time spent in power saving sleep modes, and combined with Atmel's picoPower technology ensures power consumption numbers.

"When you see the 2mm x 3mm SOT-23 package you get surprised by the high performance inside a small device. It houses an analog comparator, four ADC converter channels, a 16bit timer counter that can run two phase and frequency correct PWM outputs, and last but not least a very powerful CPU," said Jukka Eskelinen, director, tinyAVR product marketing. "If your application needs more processing power, lower current consumption, or if you just want a change the ATtiny10 is your solution."

All tinyAVR MCU use the standard AVR MCU development tools. The AVR Studio AVR integrated development environment is available free of charge on Atmel's Website.

Samples of the ATtiny10 are available now. Volume price for 10K units is $0.35.

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