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Win a Microchip 8-Bit Wireless Development Kit

10 MAY 2016

DM182015-Miwi--hiThe 8-bit Wireless Development Kit provides eXtreme Low Power PIC® microcontroller users with an easy-to-use platform for developing, evaluating and testing low-power, cost-effective embedded wireless connectivity. It features a pair of wireless PICtail™ daughter boards, two battery-friendly 8-bit XLP PIC MCU development boards and the ability to add additional nodes to create a larger wireless network.

This kit includes Microchip’s MRF24J40 transceiver module and also features Microchip’s PIC18 XLP microcontroller family. The 2.4 GHz MRF24J40 is an easy-to-use evaluation and development platform for IEEE 802.15.4 application designers. The kit includes complete hardware needed to rapidly prototype wireless applications. The demonstration kit is pre-programmed with MiWi™ protocol stack and you can find the demo instructions in the user’s guide.


Understanding Linear Regulators and their Key Performance Parameters

9 MAY 2016

By Sitthipong Angkititrakul and Dhananjay Singh, Intersil Corporation


Low-dropout regulators, commonly known as LDOs, are used extensively in a wide variety of electronic applications across many different industries. An LDO is generally perceived as a simple and inexpensive way to regulate and control an output voltage that is delivered from a higher input voltage supply. However, cost and simplicity are not the only reason for their widespread use. In fact, today’s systems are getting more complex, noise sensitive and power hungry with every new design. The widespread use of switching power supplies at all power levels means that designers must spend more time avoiding noise coupling and interference, while improving system efficiency, so cost and simplicity cannot be the only driver.
For most applications, a datasheet’s specifications of basic parameters are clear and easy to understand. Unfortunately, datasheets do not list the parameters for every possible circuit condition. Therefore, to make the best use of an LDO, it is necessary to understand the key performance parameters and their impact on given loads. Designers will need to determine whether the LDO is suitable for a specific load by closely analyzing the surrounding circuit conditions.

How LDOs are Used in Applications

In most applications, LDOs are primarily used to isolate a sensitive load from a noisy power source. Unlike switching regulators, linear regulators dissipate power in the pass transistor or the MOSFET that is used to regulate and maintain the output voltage to the required accuracy. As a result, an LDO’s power dissipation can be a significant disadvantage in terms of efficiency and can cause thermal issues. Therefore, it is important for designers to minimize LDO power dissipation to boost system efficiency and avoid any thermal complications.


Win a MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board from Microchip

12 APRIL 2016

Microchip_EA0316_Comp-MPLAB-Xpress-Evaluation-BoardThe new MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board features an integrated programmer, a PIC16F18855 MCU and a mikroBUS header for system expansion with MikroElektronika’s 180+ Click boards.  The PIC16F18855 is a general-purpose 8-bit microcontroller that sports one of the largest selection of Core Independent Peripherals to date.

The evaluation board can be used with Microchip’s new MPLAB Xpress Cloud-based IDE.  MPLAB Xpress offers an easy way to get started with PIC microcontrollers, with zero downloads, sign-in or setup needed to start designing. This free cloud-based IDE brings the most popular features of the MPLAB X IDE to Internet-connected PCs, laptops or tablets.  MPLAB Xpress offers a comprehensive feature set, including a library of Microchip-validated code examples, interface to MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) 3.0 for GUI-based microcontroller peripheral setup and automatic code generation, integrated MPLAB XC compilers, support for programmer/debugger hardware, and 10 GB of secure online storage with a myMicrochip account. 

Embedded Systems
9 MAY 2016

Comparing the models Raspberry Pi