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Published: March 29, 2012
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New Microcontroller Is Smart Down to Its Node


Oslo-based Energy Micro has extended its EFM32 Gecko range of microcontrollers with the addition of very thin, fine-pitch BGA48 packages.
 
The Tiny Gecko devices require a current of just 150µA/MHz when active. Based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, the microcontrollers are designed for applications with extreme space constraints such as portable health and fitness products.
 
Measuring a scant 4 x 4 x 1 mm, the VFBGA48 devices include an array of energy friendly peripherals including a low-energy sensor interface and low-power LCD driver technology.
 
The size reduction reportedly is partly achieved by installing intelligence at the sensor node level.

 


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The node has been pretty

The node has been pretty good. That is the thing that would help them a lot. - Kris Krohn Strongbrook