Friday Video: Freescale pits Kinetis L microcontroller against parts from Microchip, TI, and Renesas. Guess who wins the low-power derby?

I’ve written a lot this week about the low-power Kinetis L microcontroller from Freescale, a low-power, mixed-signal IC design now shipping in alpha silicon. I have just found this new Freescale video, which was probably shot at this week’s Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio, and starring Freescale Senior Systems Engineer Eduardo Montañez.

The 3-minute video shows microcontrollers from Freescale, Microchip, TI, and Renesas running a program against each other, powered by capacitor banks charged by a hand-cranked generator (nice touch). The competition is to see which microcontroller runs the longest on a capacitor charge. Although the winner was never in doubt (it is after all a Freescale video), I think it’s an interesting demo and worth spending three minutes to watch.

For earlier blog posts on the Kinetis L microcontroller, see:

Freescale demonstrates first-pass Kinetis L silicon at Design West (The conference formerly known as the Embedded Systems Conference)

Freescale starts sampling $0.49 Kinetis L microcontrollers based on ARM Cortex-M0+ processor core

How low can you go? ARM does the limbo with Cortex-M0+ processor core. Tiny. Ultra-low-power.


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