SAN FRANCISCO Royal Philips Electronics Monday (Jan. 30) announced the availability of what the company called the industry’s first 90-nanometer ARM9-based microcontroller, the LPC3180.
According to Philips (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), the 32-bit MCU is the only ARM9 microcontroller that provides a vector floating-point co-processor and integrated USB On-The-Go, as well as the ability to operate in ultra-low-power mode down to 0.9 volts. The MCU operates at speeds of up to 208 megahertz, Philips said.
“By taking advantage of state-of-the-art 90-nm process technology, Philips is able to offer the most advanced ARM9 MCU with high computational power, optimized for low-power operation,” said Ata Khan, director of product innovation for Philips' microcontroller product line. “With the introduction of the LPC3180, even low-cost battery-powered devices can use ARM9. Embedded systems designers have fine-grained control over power management, so that power consumption can be tailored to support specific operational requirements.”
Philips said the LPC3180 is the first microcontroller available in the Philips LPC3000 family, which is based on the ARM926EJ-S core. The LPC3180's on-board MMU supports major operating systems including Linux, the company said.
The LPC3180 microcontroller is priced at $7.10 per unit in quantities of 10,000, Philips said. Samples will be available in March.