GOPHER in the News

  "GOPHER takes the grunt out of microcontroller picks" - Nickolas Mokhoff (EE Times)

  "Where GOPHER shines is in its detailed search criteria" - Bill Wong (Electronic Design)

  "I recommend it to anyone who must wrestle with MCU choices"- Jon Titus (Design News)

AWARDED top five 'Best in Show' - ESC Boston

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Inside GOPHER                    



 Welcome to GOPHER Web Plus

    The Next Generation MCU Search Engine

    Problem with MCU Manufacturer-supplied
        Search Tools

    Features Critical to Successful MCU

    Searching for MCUs that are NOT in





 About GruntWare Inc.

    GruntWare Inc. the Company

    Meet the GOPHER Master

    BLOG: The GOPHER Hole






 GOPHER Web Plus Search Engine

    STANDARD SEARCH- for registered users

    Input Form - start your MCU search here

    Search Results - table of found MCUs

    Narrow Your Results - if too many MCUs
        are found, you can tweek your results

    SIMULATED SEARCH- don't have your own
       input data, but want to see how the
       search engine works?




 GOPHER-The Gold Standard MCU

    MCU Manufacturers

    MCU Development Tools from

        Independent Manufacturers

    Procurement Tools

    Search Parameters - Selectable Options






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Certain critical features must be present in an MCU search engine to ensure a successful search.


There is no MCU cross-vendor tool on the market today that provides any of the following critical features - GOPHER Web Plus has them all!   More




•  Searchable across all 28 major MCU
and all their 29,589 MCUs


•  Large number of search parameters - all
   relevant to an MCU search; Gopher has 134


•  No limit to number of parametric
when specifying search criteria


•  Search can be narrowed iteratively by
   discarding unwanted or unneeded features
   and functionality


•  Standardized terminology &
in the search parameters


•  Unparalleled access to development
   tools created specifically to support
   the found MCUs


•  8,800,114 MCU links point to specific web
   pages for each development tool


•  Pricing and availability comparisons
   between distributors are displayed for a
   "best fit" MCU with option to purchase













Ultimate Cross-Vendor MCU Search Engine


GOPHER's proprietary database of high-quality parametric data covers:


•  28 major MCU manufacturers



•  29,589 unique MCU parts with 134 searchable
   parameters and 6 non-searchable parameters



•  805x, 6502, ARM, DSP, MCU, MIPs & PowerPC
   products as separate searchable categories



•  8,800,114 MCU links to development tools










Click to the Development Tools that Match Your "Best Fit" MCU


Once the "best fit" MCU is found, GOPHER then allows for direct retrieval of development tools related to that MCU. The engineer can also check pricing and availability for the MCU part. And all of this can be accomplished in a matter of minutes!




from 28 MCU Manufacturers Websites:


Standard Lookup for each MCU -


    Application notes
    Errata sheets
    Software development tools
    Evaluation/development boards
    Application Software




Pricing & availability from distributors


from 139 other Tool Manufacturers:


Each MCU has direct page links to corresponding tools-


   Real-Time Operating Systems
   Software development environments
   Drivers/GUI's/File systems/Networking...
   Debugging software/hardware
   Consulting/Design/Fabrication Services
   Printed circuit board layout/fabrication


























NXP Launches New Java Card-based Operating System to Expand ...

09/14/2017 - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today launched its latest Java Card Operating System, JCOP3, for secure identification applications. Customers can benefit from a multi-solution platform with higher security and flexibility, as well as the ...continue





Microchip’s MPLAB® Harmony Software Upgraded to Include More....

MPLAB® Harmony 2.0, the fully featured firmware development framework for PIC32 microcontrollers, is now available as a free download from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP). The significant update to the award-winning software platform enables customers to create smaller ...continue





Cypress USB-C Controller Speeds Up Power Delivery for Mobile ...

09/11/2017 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:CY), the market leader in USB-C, today announced that its EZ-PD™ CCG3PA USB-C controller is one of the industry's first to achieve Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4 certification, enabling mobile phone chargers to deliver ...continue





Digi Announces Next Generation Global Digi XBee Cellular Products

09/05/2017 - Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII,, a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today unveiled the innovative features and capabilities powering the newest Digi ...continue





STMicroelectronics to Showcase Smart Driving and IoT Offerings...

09/11/2017 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is demonstrating its latest solutions for the Smart Driving and Internet of Things (IoT) at the 18th edition of ...continue











MANUFACTURERS of MCU Development Tools

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ASSET announces advanced support for Teradyne HSSub PXIe systems

09/07/2017 - ASSET InterTech (, the leading supplier of tools for embedded instrumentation, and Teradyne (, the leading supplier of automatic test equipment (ATE), will exhibit the extended integration of the ...continue





Northforge Innovations, Wind River and Fulbright Canada Team to..

09/06/2017 - Northforge Innovations, Inc., an expert software consulting and development company, leading Internet of Things software provider Wind River, and Fulbright Canada today announced a joint STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative to ...continue





Tackling the challenges of securing a trillion connected dev...

09/06/2017 - Arm today announced the final slate of keynotes and technical sessions for Arm TechCon 2017. This year’s program will focus on how the technology sector can grapple with new paradigms in scaling and securing IoT technologies and enable artificial ...continue





Allegro Software Expands FIPS 140-2 Support for IoT Applic...

08/01/2017 - Allegro Software, a leading supplier of Internet component software for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced it has earned FIPS 140-2 level 1 validation on four additional platforms with the Allegro Cryptography Engine, ACETM from the U.S. ...continue





The Qt Company Continues U.S. Expansion with New Boston Office

08/22/2017 - The Qt Company (HEX: QTCOM) today announced the opening of a new office in Boston, Massachusetts, to accommodate the company’s rapid growth in the United States. With the new location, Qt is further expanding its footprint in the U.S. to better support ...continue





Mentor extends solutions to support TSMC 7nm FinFET Plus and 12..

09/13/2017 - Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced certification for TSMC’s 12nm FinFET Compact Technology (12FFC) and the latest version of 7nm FinFET Plus processes for its Mentor Calibre® nmPlatform and Analog FastSPICE™ (AFS™) Platform. Nitro-SoC™ place ...continue





IAR Systems joins STMicroelectronics Partner Program to further..

09/05/2017 - IAR Systems®, the future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development, announces that it has joined the STMicroelectronics Partner Program to enable accelerated product development and continued innovation for embedded ...continue





LDRA tool suite® Now Supports All PowerPC Assembler Family Plat..

07/20/2017 - LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification,softwarecode analysis, and test tools, has updated the LDRA tool suite for the PowerPC assembler language to support all 32- and 64-bit PowerPC chips used in safety-critical ...continue





RTI Announces First Connectivity Software Designed for Architec..

09/12/2017 - Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity company, today announced the first connectivity software designed to build layered-databus architectures for IIoT systems of systems: RTI Connext DDS 5.3. ...continue





Protecting IoT devices from cyberattacks: A critical missing...

08/17/2017 - Attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) systems continue to make headlines. All devices on publicly accessible networks are being targeted. While the use of IoT devices is increasing at an unprecedented rate, security for these vulnerable devices is ...continue





Altia Announces ISO 26262 Software and Services for Automotive Em

08/15/2017 - Altia is pleased to announce their ISO 26262 engineering products and services. These offerings – ranging from safety activity monitoring software to hands-on ISO 26262 training – address the requirements for automotive OEMs and Tier 1s to provide ...continue





SEGGER's Embedded FTP Server Now Available in a Free PC Tool

08/24/2017 - SEGGER introduces a free tool empowered by its embOS/IP FTP Server add-on. The tool serves as a full FTP Server that is set up with minimal effort. It will run on a Windows, Mac or Linux based machine. The FTP server tool enables a simple and ...continue





Lauterbach Brings New Debugging Experience to QNX 7.0

09/11/2017 - Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, and QNX, have been working together to provide JTAG debugging capabilities for the brand new QNX Version 7.0. This includes operation on both ARM® and Intel® architectures, both ...continue





Altium to Preview Altium Designer 18 at Electronic Design Show...

09/15/2017 - Altium has announced a special glimpse at the next generation of leading PCB design software, Altium Designer® 18, and more, at the 2017 Engineering Design Show. The annual trade show - the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom - is the UK’s ...continue





Corelis Adds New Queued Transaction Capabilities to I2C Bus Analy

08/22/2017 - Corelis, Inc., the leading supplier of high-performance I2C bus analysis tools, has released version 1.25 of its I2C Exerciser software for the BusPro-I and CAS-1000-I2C/E I2C bus analyzers. The software update includes new queued transactions for ...continue





Ashling adds support for Synopsys ARC® HS4x family

09/12/2017 - Ashling Microsystems Limited today announced that it has extended the capability of its Opella-XD-ARC and Ultra-XD-ARC debug probes by adding support for Synopsys new HS4x and HS4xD family of DesignWare® ARC® processors for high-performance embedded ...continue





e-con Systems Launches Multiple Synchronized Full HD Camera for..

08/30/2017 - e-con Systems Inc., NVIDIA's Scaling partner, a leading embedded camera solution company specializing in the development of advanced camera solutions announces the launch of the much awaited e-CAM30_HEXCUTX2 - Multiple camera solution for NVIDIA ...continue





Michael Barr to Present 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security..

02/21/2018 - February 20, 2018 – Barr Group CTO Michael Barr will speak in two free 30-minute live presentations highlighting results from the 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany on February 27 and 28. Hosted by ...continue





VDC Research Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns in Industry 4.0

08/15/2017 - GrammaTech, Inc., a leading developer of commercial embedded software assurance tools and advanced cyber security solutions, today released new research from VDC detailing the growing concerns in cyber-physical manufacturing systems within today's ...continue





PRQA updates flagship static code analysis tools

09/12/2017 - PRQA has released new versions of the market leading QA C and QA C++ automated static code analysis tools. QA C 9.3.1 and QA C++ 4.1 provide even better analysis and an improved GUI. ...continue





Harlow Aerostructures and Verocel Achieve FAA Certification App..

09/05/2017 - Verocel Inc., a leader in airborne software and complex hardware certification and Harlow Aerostructures, a leading aerospace manufacturer based in Wichita KS, announced that Harlow’s HAT-05 Autothrottle system has received FAA approval. Designed for ...continue














DISTRIBUTORS of MCUs and Development Tools
Represented in the GOPHER DATABASE


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Viking Technology Memory and Storage Solutions Available World...

09/12/2017 - Digi-Key: Viking Technology's portfolio of advanced memory technologies is available for immediate shipment worldwide from Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor. ...continue





Mouser Electronics Now Shipping TDK EPCOS PowerHap Actuators ...

09/15/2017 - Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking PowerHap™ piezo actuators from TDK EPCOS. These new piezo actuators integrated sensor functionality feature ... ...continue





Future Electronics and Lumentum Sign America’s Distribution Agr..

09/12/2017 - Future Electronics today announced that it has signed an America’s distribution agreement with Lumentum. Under the terms of the agreement Future Electronics is authorized to sell Lumentum’s optical transceiver products. ...continue






08/09/2017 - Allied Electronics was named Best of the Best in two categories by tED Magazine at the NAED (National Association of Electrical Distributors) AdVenture Marketing Conference annual meeting held last week in Chicago, Illinois. ...continue





Arrow Electronics to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

08/24/2017 - Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced that Chris Stansbury, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will present at the Citi 2017 Global Technology Conference to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel on Sept. 7, 2017 at 2:55 PM ...continue