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Date: 17-06-15

RS stocking and selling Silicon Labs' 8051 low power 8bit EFM8 MCUs

RS Components supporting all three Silicon Labs EFM8 microcontroller series based on the ubiquitous 8051 8-bit core. Low-cost development kits for all devices are also in stock.

Very less energy consuming EFM8 Sleepy Bee devices run at speed of up to 25MHz and multiple power-management modes. The sleep current consumption is very less of 50nA and the active current consumption is of 150µA/MHz makes these devices suitable for battery-powered application. The peripherals include14 capacitive sense channels, 12-bit ADC, precision oscillator, low-current comparator and voltage reference. There are also four 16-bit timers, a UART, and support for I2C, SMBus and SPI.

Not so expensive Busy Bee devices are available with a choice of 25MHz or 50MHz maximum CPU speed, and the devices offer versatile peripherals including two analogue comparators, 12/10-bit SAR ADC, four 16-bit timers, plus I2C, SMBus and SPI.

EFM8 Universal Bee microcontrollers add a crystal-less full-speed/low-speed USB2.0-compliant controller with 1KB buffer memory and clock recovery. There are also two UARTs and up to two I2C/SMBus ports. Universal Bee devices are offered in two series with up to 16KB or 64KB of on-chip Flash.

All EFM8 microcontrollers feature a priority crossbar encoder that allows small packages by managing pin assignments so as to eliminate conflicts. Busy Bee and Sleepy Bee microcontrollers are offered in packages as small as 3mm x 3mm QFN20, as well as hand-solderable 24-pin QSOP or 16-pin SOIC (Busy Bee 2). The Universal Bee devices are offered in packages from 3mm x 3mm QFN20 to hand-solderable 32-pin LQFP or 48-pin TQFP (Universal Bee 2).

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