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Flash DSP/MCU Ropes In C/C++
Merge a 32-bit DSP and a 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) into a single integrated unit and you've got one of Motorola's latest developments, the 56F800 architecture. Fast interrupt support allows the chip to handle signal-processing tasks with features like single-cycle instructions, and no overhead hardware looping functions can take advantage of bit manipulation and other capabilities. A memory-based stack and large register file suits it as a C or C++ target platform.

One version of this chip, the new 60-MIPS 56F83x, runs at 60 MHz with a standard operating temperature range of -40°C to 125°C. Peripherals include analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and pulse-width modules, quad timers, quadrature decoders, and a 2.0B FlexCAN module. Flash memory size ranges from 12 to 256 kbytes. A security feature prevents code access and corruption. Additionally, a 256-word page size allows EEPROM emulation.

Pricing for the 56F800 will start at $5.22 in OEM quantities. www.motorola.com

16-Bit DSP Architecture Boosts MCU
Set up for C, Microchip's 30-MIPS dsPIC30F family homes in on the 16-bit DSP space with a microcontroller's peripheral complement. The 16-register-bank architecture is a major advance over the company's 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), but the dsPIC30F retains MCU features like a programmable brown-out reset and a low-voltage detect interrupt.

The data converter interface supports common codec protocols such as I2S and AC'97. A 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) handles up to 16 channels with two or four simultaneous samples. Communication support includes addressable UARTs for controller-area networks (CANs). Moreover, an I2C module features multimaster mode and 7- and 10-bit addressing.

When it comes to memory, the dsPIC30F is flexible. A three-address generation unit handles dual data fetch and writeback for DSP operations. Up to 4 kbytes of EEPROM, 8 kbytes of SRAM, and 144 kbytes of flash memory are included. The address space for programs is 4 Mwords and data is 64 kbytes. www.microchip.com

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