Friday, April 19, 2024

Device Combines Microprocessors And Microcontrollers

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The device merges microprocessor power with microcontroller simplicity, offering security and flexibility for appliances, industrial automation, and medical devices.


STMicroelectronics has launched a new high-performance device that combines the best of both worlds: the performance, scalability, and security of microprocessor-based systems with the simplicity and integration of microcontrollers (MCUs).

With these STM32H7 MCUs, manufacturers of smart appliances, building controllers, industrial automation, and personal medical devices can upgrade their products more efficiently and affordably as consumer demands grow. Features like enhanced user interfaces and multitasking, typically found in microprocessors, are now achievable.

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The microcontrollers feature robust security measures for IoT applications, including protection against physical attacks, memory protection, code isolation, and platform authentication. The STM32H7S devices also offer additional security enhancements like immutable root of trust, debug authentication, and hardware cryptographic accelerators. These features aim for up to SESIP3 and PSA Level 3 certifications, meeting the highest industry standards for cyber protection.

The MCUs boast the highest-performing Arm Cortex-M core ST has announced yet (Cortex-M7 running at up to 600MHz) with minimal on-chip memory and high-speed external interfaces. This allows engineers to build systems with extra performance and flexibility using simple, low-cost microcontroller development tools. The devices are available in two lines: the STM32H7R3/S3 general-purpose MCUs and the STM32H7R7/S7 with enhanced graphics-handling capabilities, enabling extensive software sharing between the lines for efficient resource use and faster market entry for new products.

“With a dedicated graphics processor and fast memory interfaces on-chip, these MCUs are perfectly aligned with our mission to push the boundaries of what’s possible in embedded displays,” commented Kamil Kozlowski, CEO of Riverdi, a lead customer for the STM32H7R/S MCUs. Riverdi has chosen the devices to power its next generation of display modules. “The MCUs promise to enhance the visual performance and responsiveness of future displays, enabling more engaging and interactive user experiences. This represents a significant step forward in our journey to provide cutting-edge display solutions to our customers.”

Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is a journalist at EFY. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with over five years of academic experience. Her expertise lies in working with development boards and IoT cloud. She enjoys writing as it enables her to share her knowledge and insights related to electronics, with like-minded techies.


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