Top 8 Silicon Labs 8-bit Microcontroller Technology Features
Silicon Labs' EFM8™ 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family offers critical system benefits in terms of performance, size, cost and power consumption. Here we'll highlight the 8 factors that make this possible.
Fast Processor Core
With up to 72 MHz operation and with 70% of the instructions executing in less than 1 or 2 clock cycles, the EFM8 MCUs offer an economical solution that satisfy the performance needs of embedded applications. Also, the efficient architecture reduces memory requirements of the application.
High Performance Analog
The EFM8 family of MCUs offer high performance analog peripherals such as 14-bit ADCs at 900 Ksps and 12-bit ADCs at 1 Msps, high noise immune Capsense peripherals and high accuracay temp sensors that reduce the system cost and simplify designs.
No Performance Compromise
The EFM8 MCUs provide no compromise peripherals that are fully characterized with guaranteed performance over temperature and voltage.
Digital Crossbar and Analog Multiplexer
Silicon Labs’ patented crossbar technology enables maximum flexibility and unparalleled ease of development, allowing designers to select any peripherals with no conflicts in pin-out or PCB layout.
Efficient Digital Peripherals
Autonomous digital peripherals reduce the processor overhead. The EFM8 MCUs include high performance timers, higher resolution PWMs and fast serial communication peripherals including 12 Mbps SPI, 3 Mbps UART and 3.4 Mbps I²C.
The EFM8 family features high precision oscillators, integrated on-board voltage regulator, USB charger detect circuitry and high performance peripherals in packages as small as 3x3 mm to reduce the PCB area and BOM cost.
Ultra Low Power
EFM8 extends battery life with ultra-low sleep currents down to 50 nA with Brown out detection, fast wake up times with less than 2 μs, active currents as low as 150 μA/MHz and Low energy USB module for power consumption reduction of up to 90%.
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