Designers of consumer electronics can now take advantage of 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) solutions that feature a combination of performance, low power and low price, according to the supplier. The new S08QG family is said to offer highly integrated, cost-effective 8-bit MCUs designed to deliver increased on-chip integration. The MC9S08QG8/QG4 MCUs add an enhanced 8-channel, 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) designed for better resolution, speed of conversion and low power. The onboard analog integration allows customers to easily interface to analog inputs with minimal external glue logic. The inclusion of a serial communications interface (SCI), a serial peripheral interface (SPI) module and inter-integrated circuit (IIC) bus modules maximizes the customer's options for external components to interface with the MCU.
Flexible timer options allow for greater software flexibility with the 8-bit modulo timer module (MTIM), as well as motion control capabilities with the 2-channel Timer/PWM module (TPM). The combination of these components on a single chip reduces the need for external system components and can help decrease the overall system costs. Freescale Semiconductor, www.freescale.com