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New Options for Applying MagniV MCUs

If you are interested in using one of the S12ZVC mixed-signal MagniV microcontrollers in an application, you've had only two choices up until now:  use an NXP demo board, or roll your own hardware design.

The first option provides a quick way to play with some hardware and write some software, but counting on the hardware to be readily available on a continuing basis is a risky thing, since it's only a demo board meant to promote a new MCU rollout.  And besides, it has integrated debugging hardware, which takes up more space and just means more things can go wrong.

The second option gives you full control of your design, but entails schematic capture, PCB layout, component-sourcing, SMT assembly, design validation, and hardware testing--  that's a lot of work and expense!

Now a third option is available:  two families of OEM modules from Technological Arts have just been launched.

The first is the NanoCore12MAXZVC family, designed in a standardized 40-pin DIP format compatible with the legacy NanoCore12MAXC product launched in 2003.  The second is the Adapt9S12ZVC family, designed with the same form-factor and pinout as the company's first microcontroller product, Adapt-11, launched in 1995.  Both families include a CAN physical interface as standard.

The NanoCore12 modules are offered in a choice of communications interfaces:  RS232, TTL (SCI), USB, on-board WiFi (ESP-12), and WiFi-ready.  The Adapt modules are offered with two communications interfaces each:  RS232+USB, RS232+WiFi-ready, and USB+WiFi-ready.  The WiFi-ready versions include an 8-pin header pattern compatible with the popular ESP8266-based ESP-01 module, to be supplied by the user.

Due to limited availability of the 48-pin variant of the MCU, the NanoCore12 products are in short supply.  Fortunately, there are no supply issues with the 64-pin variant used on the Adapt family, so those products are readily available now.  All of the products can be debugged and programmed using CodeWarrior or Cosmic software development tools, via our low-cost USBDMLT pod.


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