GENEVA, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that its STM32L, the industry's first ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller, and dSPIN™, ST's complete motor-control system on a chip, were chosen as the second-best products of the year in their categories by readers of Elektronik, a premier German-language electronics trade publication.
ST's STM32L microcontroller dueled for the top spot in the Active Components category. The STM32L series combines ST-unique low-leakage 130nm process technology and optimized power-saving architecture to deliver industry-leading energy-saving performance. The STM32L is part of ST's EnergyLite™ platform of ultra low-power products enabling designers to optimize performance, function and battery life, and to meet efficiency-related criteria such as eco-design targets.
ST's dSPIN (L6470) garnered the second-highest vote total in the Automation category. The SoC combines all the necessary digital control, analog measurement, and power electronic circuitry for controlling stepper motors using the Company's advanced BCD fabrication process. Implementing the motor-control calculations in hardware simplifies software design by requiring only acceleration, deceleration, speed and target position commands from the application microcontroller. This concept bypasses specialized hardware and software design tasks, reduces component count and printed-circuit-board area, and speeds up time to market.
13,000 Elektronik magazine readers cast their vote for the most interesting products of 2010 in ten categories: active components, engineering software, automation, opto-electronics, sensors, power supplies, measurement & testing, electro-mechanics, embedded design and passive components. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Munich, Germany on March 17, 2011.
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