Micro/sys Releases Low-Power, Low-Cost Microcontroller Boards for Industrial Applications

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Micro/sys' new microcontroller boards offer a low-power solution to embedded system designers.

Two new microcontroller boards just released by Micro/sys offer a low-power solution to embedded system designers. The MCB08 and the MCB58 are part of the Micro/sys SNAP series of CPU boards and are based on the Freescale (formerly Motorola) HC(S)08 microcontroller. This powerful microcontroller chip allows the MCB08 and MCB58 to have a typical power consumption of only 100mW and 300mW respectively, while running at the fastest speed. The MCB08 has the advantage of drawing about the same power as a couple of LEDs, which makes battery-operation a possibility, and also means that no special system cooling will be required.

The MCB08’s tiny footprint of 1.7” x 1.2” x 0.85” makes it a suitable controller for many small systems. Despite its small size and low power, the MCB08 packs a 40MHz HC(S)08 CPU with a fast instruction time of 50ns. The CPU is also highly integrated with up to 46 I/O multipurpose I/O lines. The I/O pins can be used as digital I/O, or they can allow access to eight channels of the 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Other functions include eight channels of timers or pulse width modulators (PWM), an 8-channel keypad interface, and 16 pins of high-current (10mA) digital output. Two RS232 serial ports and an I2C port round out the wide range of I/O available on the MCB08.

The Micro/sys MCB58 has all the I/O of the MCB08, but adds many more features that make it ideal as a controller for OEM embedded systems, industrial applications, instrumentation, and many other systems. The features include an RS485 serial port, four isolated digital outputs, four isolated digital inputs, and 24 additional lines of TTL-level digital I/O. The MCB58 also provides filters that allow four channels of PWM to act as digital-to-analog converters (DACs), an onboard temperature detector, a real-time clock, a control area network (CAN) interface, and an EEPROM. Additionally, the MCB58 can interface with the industry-standard PC/104 bus, which allows access to a wide range of I/O.

Both the MCB08 and the MCB58 have 60kbytes of program/data flash and 4kbytes of SRAM. The highly efficient Metrowerks CodeWarrior compiler, which is included in the development kit, combines the simplicity of drag-and-drop software module “beans” with a powerful C compiler. Programs can be compiled, downloaded to the onboard flash with the provided serial cable, and then debugged without leaving the Integrated Development Environment.

Single quantity pricing is $75 for the MCB08 and $95 for the MCB58. Significant OEM discounts are available. Contact Technical Sales Dept., Micro/sys, Inc., 3730 Park Place, Montrose, CA, 91020, phone (818) 244-4600, FAX (818) 244-4246, URL: http://www.embeddedsys.com.

Micro/sys has been manufacturing OEM industrial microcomputer products since 1976, including board-level products and integrated computers. Micro/sys embedded computers are specified by OEMs in semiconductor processing, medical, mail handling, pharmaceutical, industrial marking, process control, and many other industries.

Contact: Donna Goedhart

Phone: (818) 244-4600

FAX: (818) 244-4246


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