Technical Articles

Security is changing in the IoT era
With the rapidly accelerating growth of IoT endpoints and increased concerns around security breaches, design engineers are looking for solutions that help reduce power consumption while adding robust security. Enter Microchip, manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and semiconductor devices, with its new SAM L10 and L11 MCU families. ... more
Design separately, integrate seamlessly
System developers designing high-end embedded control applications with multiple software teams can now benefit from a new family of dual-core Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) in a single chip, enabling easier software integration ... more
Horticulture lighting
Horticulture lighting refers to the illumination of plants with artificial light to achieve both faster and targeted growth; specifically aimed, for example, at bud development and fruit ripening. Light stimulates photosynthesis and is thus decisive for plant growth ... more
The power of autonomous peripherals: achieving low-power in real time
With CIPsthe microcontroller doesn’t need to interact with the Central Processing Unit (CPU) to executing tasks. ... more
Driving Brand Recognition with MCUs
Kurt Parker, Microchip Technology Brand is everything when it comes to marketing and selling products that customers will buy and more importantly continue to buy. Anything with a display screen is expected to have a polished look and feel and be easy-to-use. Now, especially with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more simple devices are featuring interactive display screens causing design challenges for engineers. Many microcontrollers (MCUs) do not have the advanced features needed to run these ... more
Solving the Problem of Memory in GUI-Based MCU Designs
Kurt Parker, Microchip Technology For me, one of the most difficult components in embedded graphics designs is memory for frame buffers. This memory should be large, high speed and cheap. Unfortunately, compromises often need to be made in order to incorporate memory into embedded graphics designs. At best, these compromises turn into expensive nuisances that drive up cost and eat away at profitability. And worse case, it can cause the need to outsource the design or hire and train new talent ... more
Mix and math

26.09.2018

Mix and math
Controlling the color balance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) accurately and wirelessly can be achieved using an 8-bit microcontroller and a Bluetooth® 4.1 low energy module to control the red, green, blue, alpha (RGBA) color space. ... more
LED Dimming Engine: An 8-bit MCU-based solution for a Switched-Mode Dimmable LED driver Mark Pallones, Microchip Technology
Switched-mode dimmable LED drivers are known for their efficiency and precise control of LED current. They can also provide dimming functionality which allows the end user to create fantastic lighting effects while reducing their power consumption. ... more
Pulling the Peripheral Trigger
Applications that are made easier by using a peripheral trigger generatorRavikiran Shetty, Microchip Technology ... more
Energy security in South-east Europe
The region of South-East Europe is identified as the only one on the continent that will face a major gas security issue in case of an interruption of supply from Ukraine. This was shown by an analysis published by European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSO-G) and by Energy Union Choices. ... more
The next generation in digital power supply control
Digital control in power conversion continues to develop, thanks to the latest improvements in both the analog and digital domainsTom Spohrer, Microchip Technology ... more
Controlling graphics without a controller
A look at how a virtual controller can be set up to save cost and CPU time when rendering graphicsOne of the popular ways of creating graphical embedded applications is to add an internal or external graphics controller. The problem is that this adds cost and can make designs unnecessarily complex, and in most cases for a simple graphical user interface such controllers are not needed. ... more
IRENA boosts renewable energy deployment in SEE
In early October, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Romanian Ministry of Energy organized a workshop for South East European governments, utilities, regulatory authorities, and other regional energy stakeholders to share their best practices in renewable energy deployment. The event hosted in Bucharest enabled participants to share views on renewable energy target setting, support schemes and the socio-economic benefits of active renewable energies in the region. ... more
Bosnia’s Ugljevik power plant initiates a project for cleaner production
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi will help Bosnia and Herzegovina in the reduction of gas emissions and meeting EU norms. The country’s 300 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant Ugljevik has signed a EUR 79 million euro deal with the consortium Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. The project itself will be financed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). ... more
Strategies for Implementing Automotive LED Lighting Systems
Fionn SheerinMicrochip Technology Inc.New vehicle designs contain more lighting than ever before: dome lights, display backlights, turn signals, low & high beams, fog lights, cornering lights, tail lights, accent lights and even infrared lighting for automated driving assistance. Inside the cabin, LED lighting has been replacing incandescent bulbs, primarily due to size, cost, efficiency and longevity. ... more

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Enterprise Expansion Fund (ENEF) announced they were supporting the modernization of TEM Mandeks – a Bosnian manufacturer of electrical installation ... more
EU renewable energy project in Croatia and Serbia supports public lighting modernization

EU renewable energy project in Croatia and Serbia supports public lighting modernization

A renewable energy project, financed by the European Union, supported two Croatian towns and a city in Serbia in improving their energy efficiency. Under the R-Sol-E solar energy initiative the ... more
Kosovo to build its biggest wind farm with a 58 mln. euro loan

Kosovo to build its biggest wind farm with a 58 mln. euro loan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a 58 million euro loan to support finance the construction and operation of the 105 MW Bajgora wind farm in the north part of Kosovo ... more

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