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Engineers designing real-time control systems are constantly faced with the challenge of optimizing performance. These systems require minimal processing latency in order to meet the control loop performance specifications. At the heart of the control systems are math intensive algorithms which are used to calculate the control signals. Utilizing a microcontroller (MCU) that can quickly and efficiently execute mathematical operations is critical towards this objective. Ideally, this MCU would be able to execute the real-time control loops concurrently with the central processing unit (CPU) while it is performing other required tasks. This paper discusses four integrated on-chip hardware accelerators that dramatically increase the performance of the MCU in many real-time applications. When combining a high performance CPU core with these advanced hardware accelerators, the fast and efficient processing power required for complex real-time control systems can be realized.