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8bit MCUs aims to offer notable analogue performance

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Silicon Labs? MCU? ADC? DAC? analogue?

Many precision analogue applications include sensors or other components that require temperature compensation. For example, laser drivers and other components in optical modules are sensitive to temperature variations. To maintain constant communication data rates, optical modules must precisely measure module temperature and adjust the laser power accordingly. If an MCU lacks an accurate temperature sensor, it is necessary to calibrate the module temperature during manufacturing, which is costly in terms of manufacturing time and equipment. Laser Bee MCUs address this need with a built-in, factory-calibrated ±3°C accuracy temperature sensor, enabling very accurate temperature measurement without any customer calibration.

Silicon Labs simplifies 8bit development with native support for EFM8LB1 Laser Bee MCUs within the Simplicity Studio development platform, added the company. Simplicity Studio streamlines the process of developing IoT applications by providing MCU and wireless developers with one-click access to everything they need to complete their projects, from initial concept to final product, in a unified software environment. Simplicity Studio includes an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), graphical configuration tools, energy profiling tools, network analysis tools, demos, software examples, documentation, technical support and community forums.

Samples and production quantities of the EFM8LB1 Laser Bee MCUs are available in a choice of QFN24 and QFN32 packages. EFM8LB1 product pricing in 10,000-unit quantities begins at $0.52 and varies depending on peripheral features, amount of RAM (ranging from 1KB to 4KB) and amount of flash memory (scaling from 16KB to 64KB).

To simplify application development using Laser Bee MCUs, Silicon Labs offers the SLSTK2030A EFM8LB1 starter kit with software demonstrations showing how the MCUs can perform temperature and voltage measurements as well as highlighting ADC and DAC capabilities for oscilloscope and function generator applications. The SLSTK2030A starter kit is available for $29.99.

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