What is a Microcontroller?
A microcontroller is a self-contained system with peripherals, memory and a processor that can be used as an embedded system. Most programmable microcontrollers that are used today are embedded in other consumer products or machinery including phones, peripherals, automobiles and household appliances for computer systems. Due to that, another name for a microcontroller is "embedded controller." Some embedded systems are more sophisticated, while others have minimal requirements for memory and programming length and a low software complexity. Input and output devices include solenoids, LCD displays, relays, switches and sensors for data like humidity, temperature or light level, amongst others.
Types of Microcontrollers
There are several different kinds of programmable microcontrollers at Future Electronics. We stock many of the most common types categorized by several parameters including Bits, Flash size, RAM size, number of input/output lines, packaging type, supply voltage and speed. Our parametric filters will allow you to refine your search results according to the required specifications.
Programmable microcontrollers contain general purpose input/output pins. The number of these pins varies depending on the microcontroller. They can be configured to an input or an output state by software. When configured to an input state, these pins can be used to read external signals or sensors. When they are configured to the output state, they can drive external devices like LED displays and motors.
Microcontrollers from Future Electronics
Future Electronics has a wide range of programmable microcontrollers, including pic, low power, LCD, USB and wireless microcontrollers from several manufacturers. Once you decide if you need 8 bit, 16 bit general purpose, 16 bit digital signal controllers or 32 bit microcontrollers, you will be able to choose from their technical attributes and your search results will be narrowed to match your specific microcontroller application needs.
We deal with several manufacturers such as Cypress, Freescale Semiconductor, Microchip, NXP, Renesas Electronics, STMicroelectronics or Zilog. You can easily refine your programmable microcontroller product search results by clicking your preferred microcontroller brand from the list of manufacturers below.
Applications for Microcontrollers:
Programmable microcontrollers are designed to be used for embedded applications, unlike microprocessors that can be found in PCs. Microcontrollers are used in automatically controlled devices including power tools, toys, implantable medical devices, office machines, engine control systems, appliances, remote controls and other types of embedded systems.
Choosing the Right Microcontroller:
With the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, when looking for the right microcontrollers, you can filter the results by the number of Bits required. We carry the following size microcontrollers:
32 bit Microcontrollers in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities:
If the quantity of 32 bit microcontrollers is less than a full reel, we also offer many of our 32 bit microcontroller products in tray, tube or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.
- 8 bit Microcontrollers
- 16 bit Digital Signal Controllers (DSC)
- 16 bit General Purpose Microcontrollers
- 32 bit Micorcontrollers
Once you choose the microcontroller size, you can narrow them down by various attributes: by RAM size, Flash size, number of input lines, speed and supply voltage to name a few. You will be able to find the right LCD, low power, USB, wireless or pic microcontrollers using these filters.
Microcontrollers in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities
If the quantity of microcontrollers you require is less than a full reel, we offer customers several of our programmable microcontrollers in tray, tube or individual quantities that will help you avoid unneeded surplus.
Future Electronics also offers clients a unique bonded inventory program designed in order to eliminate potential problems that can arise from an unpredictable supply of products that could contain raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.