What a week for industrial MCU announcements from Embedded World 2014. Infineon joined in on the buzz, announcing new packaging variants and a free ARM MDK development tool with its XMC100 MCUs, now available in volume production. The MCUs deliver 32-bit performance at 8-bit prices and use the ARM Cortex-M0 processor.
In the past, industrial apps primarily used 8-bit MCUs. Now, however, so much more is available at substantial higher performance, and at the same price. The XMC1000 provides ease of use, high-performance mixed signal peripherals, and true industrial operating performance. Target applications for the MCU family include: sensors and actuators, LED lighting, digital power conversion, and simple motor drives.
Highly compact Very Thin Quad Flat No Leads (VQFN) packaging for the XMC1000 feature 24 and 40 pins. The VQFN-24 is only 4 mm x 4 mm yet it includes up to 200KB flash memory and application-optimized control peripherals -- just what motor drives, sensor, and actuator applications need. The MCUs are also available in TSSOP packages with 16-28 and 38 pins. Volume production in TSSOP package variants with 16, 28, and 38 pins is already underway. Samples for VQFN-24 packages are currently available. Series production for both packages VQFN-24 and VQFN-40 is due to start in the fourth quarter.
Boot kits are available for simple and low-cost evaluation. Comprehensive application kits for the XMC1000 target applications are also available. A range of powerful software tools and ready-made software solutions from third-party suppliers and Infineon supports the devices.
Infineon also licensed the “Silicon Vendor Edition” of the ARM MDK, which can be downloaded free -- Click here. In addition, DAVE is a free, integrated development platform for XMC microcontrollers. An application library can be developed quickly using DAVE to abstract hardware-related tasks. DAVE also offers middleware solutions.